Songs of the Northern Tribes

by Gaia Gathering

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By invitation, thirteen Pagan artists have come together to create an anthology of some of the best in Canadian Pagan music and spoken word performance. The artists featured in this collection span the length and breadth of this vast nation, representing many different genres of music and many differing Pagan traditions, reflecting the staggering diversity of these, our Northern Tribes. Some classics of Pagan music are featured, along with some of the most well-known artists of our time and a few up-and-comers.

This anthology was created in support of Gaia Gathering: the Canadian National Pagan Conference. All artists featured here have donated the use of their work to the cause. All profits from the sale of this album or its tracks from this site go directly to the Conference. All rights to these works are retained by the artists and permission must be obtained from them in writing for any other use.

Tracks: 12 plus one bonus track. Total run time: 56 minutes, 31 seconds.

For more information about the artists or their works, please contact them at their websites (included in the track information).

For more information about the Conference: www.gaiagathering.com

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released May 17, 2015

Special thanks to: The Ancient Gods, Sable Aradia, Vanessa Cardui, Heather Dale, the Dragon Ritual Drummers, Gallows Hill, Dano Hammer, JD Hobbes, Tamarra James, Brendan Myers, Parnassus/Chalice and Blade, Raven's Call and Tara Rice for your generosity and support of the Canadian Pagan community.

Cover created and donated by Gualter Reis.

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Track Name: Vanessa Cardui - Invocation
Audri, Sudri, Vestri, Nordri,
Michael, Ariel, Raphael, Gabriel,
Paralda, Djinn, Niksa, Ghob,
The fowl, the flame, the fish, the flower...

Hail to the lord of the quarters,
Fire and water, earth and air
And hail to the king who lives, loves, falls and dies
By the turning of the years
Hail to the forces that move and shape us,
Both seen and unseen,
And hail to the breath, spirit, blood, body, womb and heart
Of our lovely and terrible queen.

By the first inspiration upon waking,
By the smouldering embers of faith,
By the clamourous tides of human will,
By the cracking of seeds, by the cracking of eggs,
May the circle be cast.
Track Name: Tara Rice - No Harm
The devil never did me no harm
In fact he’s the only one
Who stood by me all this time
A reminder of what it means to be human

Look here now, don’t look back
This moment is the right track
It’s the cycle of death and life
Move to the strains of his pipe

The devil never did us no harm
Giving a sun to the moon
Spirited bringer of light
Before dogma made its debut

Allies, friends and lovers are we
Shame and guilt and sin cannot be
A fawn in the pasture of chance
A partner when I just need to dance

The colour of sin is in your head
You’re the one who painted his face red
Track Name: Heather Dale - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
New year's day,
Dawning wet on Britain's shore
King's hall roused by a pounding on the door.
A giant knight, dressed in green, never seen before
Hefts an axe and holds it high and lets a challenge roar:
'You craven men may fear dishonour, but you fear my vengeance more.'

'That's fear that chills you like a wraith
And it's doubt you gird about your waist
It's rare the man who'll hold to faith
And face me in the morning.'

Sir Gawain:
Pagan Prince of Northern Isles
Shouted, 'Shame on you Brothers, on your silence.'
Took the axe and struck his blow, brought the giant low
Raised his head and held it high and met the giant's eye
And cried, 'I'll meet your vengeance in a year and we'll see who will die...you or I.'

'That's fear that chills you like a wraith
And it's doubt you gird about your waist
It's rare the man who'll hold to faith
And face me in the morning.'

Summmer gone
And Gawain leaves upon his quest
Five point star, a sign of faith upon his chest.
Seeks his foe, travels West, not knowing where to go
No clue until a baroness has promised aid to show
But only if he stay as guest within a vow of three days, no less.

'That's fear that chills you like a wraith
And it's doubt you gird about your waist
It's rare the man who'll hold to faith
And face me in the morning.'

She plays the maid
But vain the baroness' hope
Gawain's not swayed, another lady holds his oath.
She offers body, offers land but each advance is spurned.
She puts a belt into his hand, a gift of magic earned
By constancy in the face of all temptation, to his given word.

'That's fear that chills you like a wraith
But hope you gird about you waist
It's rare the man who'll hold to faith
And face me in the morning.'

New year's day,
Dawning wet on Britain's shore
Gawain meets the same green knight once more.
A man who laughs and gives his hand instead of charance fee
Gawain at last percieves his God and bends a reverent knee
'Take and wear my lady's belt,' the green man gladly cries,
'And see to it you serve as well in all the paths of life.'

'Be constant and be faithful
Wear that belt for all to see
That a man came here for justice
And he left here blessed by me
Left here blessed by me
Left here blessed by me...'
Track Name: Raven's Call - Earth My Body
Earth my body water my blood air my breath and fire my spirit x3

If a raven looked from the sky
would he wonder why
why do all the bodies lie
all bloody on the ground
ah ah ah ah

Chorus
earth my body water my blodd air my breath and fire my spirit

if the Goddess is the land
would she give us a hand
why do we heart her so
when all we want is to know
ah ah ah ah

Chorus

if the Goddess is the lakes
why do we always take
so lets not hesatate
when we should all create
ah ah ah ah

Chorus


If the Goddess is the sky
why do we pass her by
why do we long to fly
when we can get by
ah ah ah ah

Chorus

if the goddes is a fire
lets show her our desire
lets dance and sing and rejoyce
and show her love to all around
ah ah ah ah

Chorus x2
Track Name: Sable Aradia - Catch a Falling Star
Dreams are clouds of mist,
A Unicorn I ride,
But a wisp of cloudy Darkness
Creeps from the other side

Open the doors of time,
Remember memories
Of family and friends,
But the eye of Darkness sees

Catch a falling star tonight,
The Darkness screams outside –
Just keep your dreams a’dancing;
Your soul she’ll never find
I believe in unicorns,
Interplanetary flight;
But one thing I don’t believe in –
Letting go your life –
Catch a falling star

A shadow passes over
My star in the sky;
An evil falcon watches
With a knowing eye

The tunnel is a long one,
But Light is at the end,
I know because my friend’s been there,
There and back again

Catch a falling star tonight,
The Darkness screams outside –
Just keep your dreams a’dancing;
Your soul she’ll never find
I believe in unicorns,
Interplanetary flight;
But one thing I don’t believe in –
Letting go your life –
Catch a falling star

Dreams are clouds of mist,
A Unicorn I ride,
The river’s very wide,
But the Sun’s on the other side

Catch a falling star tonight,
The Darkness screams outside –
Just keep your dreams a’dancing;
Your soul she’ll never find
I believe in unicorns,
Interplanetary flight;
But one thing I don’t believe in –
Letting go your life –
Catch a falling star

I believe in unicorns,
Interplanetary flight;
But one thing I don’t believe in –
Letting go your life –
Catch a falling star
Catch a falling star
Catch a falling star
Catch a falling star . . .
Track Name: Parnassus (Chalice and Blade) - Beauty of the Earth
Beauty of the earth
White moon on the water
You are She Whom we find
At the end of desire