Welcome Mari Lwyd (Winter Wish demo version)

from by S. J. Tucker

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Even in modern Wales, between Samhain and Twelfth Night, the ancient Mari Lwyd horse spirit & her entourage may just knock upon your door with her entourage and challenge you to a rhyming battle! She already has her own traditional song, referenced by the guitar part in this new tune, but I was helpless to resist the folkore and to attempt to write my own!

More on the Mari: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ptel9C3Zhg

My favorite spin on her traditional song:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOT2L1Aqebk

Chris Wood & Hugh Lupton's heart rending Mari Lwyd song:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOT2L1Aqebk

lyrics

Ghostly white, she comes by night
Open wide the door
Bells gaily ringing, laughter and singing
Old misfortune, come no more
Welcome Mari Lwyd

Best the mare in a game of rhymes
(Open your door)
Whimsy born of ancient times
(Open your door)
Best the beast, or she'll drink her fill
(Open your door)
Wake your wit and show your skill
(Open your door)
Drums and fiddles in the snow
(Open your door)
In song we come, in song we go
(Open your door)
Sing to earn your bread and beer
(Open your door)
Hearth fire feast and winter cheer
(Open your door)

Comes the dusk and comes the song
Bring a light; the night is long
Spar with words and be ye blest
Fill her cup and earn your winter's rest

Ghostly white, she comes by night
Open wide the door
Bells gaily ringing, laughter and singing
Old misfortune, come no more
Welcome Mari Lwyd

Comes the Gray Mare with the snow
(Open your door)
Bold she comes and glad she'll go
(Open your door)
Bells in winter sweetly ring
(Open your door)
Good fortune find us all in spring
(Open your door)
Sing to earn your beer and bread
(Open your door)
She brings good luck, I've heard it said
(Open your door)
Bless her now, be blest in turn
(Open your door)
Ale that's given, ale that's earned

Welcome now the winter's queen
of nightmare mien and ancient need
Let her in and be ye blest
Mighty spirit, come and take your rest!

Ghostly white, she comes by night
Open wide the door
Bells gaily ringing, laughter and singing
Old misfortune, come no more
Welcome Mari Lwyd
(Open your door)
(Come, and open up your door!)

credits

from Winter Wish 2019 digital EP, released December 25, 2019
Lyrics, music, all instruments, all voices, and this recording by S. J. Tucker
Welsh pronunciation reassurance & cultural content advice by Damh the Bard and Kristoffer Hughes
Additional encouragement by Laura Tempest Zakroff, Renée Janski, and Soulwriters2

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