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Thread #64049   Message #1047248
Posted By: GUEST,Suzanne
03-Nov-03 - 08:47 PM
Thread Name: Chants vs. Song: why don't Pagans *sing*
Subject: RE: Chants vs. Song: why don't Pagans *sing*
Three 'pagan' songs, as taught to my daughters by our neighbor,
Two Moons:

Oh Great Spirit:

Oh great Spirit
Earth sun moon sky sea
You are inside
and all around me

if you start on the A above middle C you sing:

A C A G E
A A C D E
E E D C A
A C A A G A

only one verse, sung many times slowly


Fly Like An Eagle

this one is call and response

Fly like an eagle
(Fly like an eagle)
Flying so high
(Flying so high)
Circling the universe
(Circling the universe)
On wings of pure light
(On wings of pure light)

We all fly like eagles
Flying so high
Circling the universe
On wings of pure light

Before and after and in between the verses there
is a 'chorus' which I can only describe phonetically as

o itchee tai tai
(o itchee tai tai)
o itchee tai o
(o itchee tai o)
o itchee tai tai
(o itchee tai tai)
o itchee tai o

and again, if you start on the A above middle C it sounds like

A A G A E
(A A G A E)
G G A E
(G G A E)
A A B C B A
(A A B C B A)
E G G A E
( E G G A E)


and finally, The Earth Is Our Mother

The earth is our mother
we're taking care of her
The earth is our mother
We're taking care of her

Her sacred ground we walk upon
with every step we take
her sacred ground we walk upon
with every step we take

and before and after and between the verses, another phonetically
spelled verse that sounds like

Hey yunga ho yunga hey yung yung
hey yunga ho yunga hey yung yung

and I'll spare you my primitive efforts at relaying what the
melody sounds like.
They're all really easy to sing, as they go no more than five
notes above or below the starting note.

Just as there are many definitions of 'christian', some of
which boggle the mind, there seem to be many different ways
to be 'pagan'. Out here in the American Southwest, the
'primitive' pantheistic traditions from which modern pagans
'borrow' seem more likely to be Native American than greek/roman,
so more references to the great spirit and totemic animals
than to the goddess. That said, most of the people I know
who I would be likely think of as pagan on the grounds that
they do observe solstices and the like, and don't observe
Christmas or other celebrations of the judeo-christian tradition,
would be likely to squirm uncomfortably under any label at all.

--Suzanne