Tam Lin

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“I forbid you maidens all that wear gold in your hair To travel to Carterhaugh, for young Tam Lin is there

None that go by Carterhaugh but they leave him a pledge Either their mantles of green or else their maidenhead”

Janet tied her kirtle green a bit above her knee And she's gone to Carterhaugh as fast as go can she

She'd not pulled a double rose, a rose but only two When up then came young Tam Lin, says,“Lady, pull no more”

“And why come you to Carterhaugh without command from me?” “I'll come and go,” young Janet said, “and ask no leave of thee”

Janet tied her kirtle green a bit above her knee And she's gone to her father as fast as go can she

Well, up then spoke her father dear and he spoke meek and mild “Oh, and alas, Janet,” he said, “I think you go with child”

“Well, if that be so,” Janet said, “myself shall bear the blame There's not a knight in all your hall shall get the baby's name

For if my love were an earthly knight, as he is an elfin grey I'd not change my own true love for any knight you have”

So Janet tied her kirtle green a bit above her knee And she's gone to Carterhaugh as fast as go can she

“Oh, tell to me, Tam Lin,” she said, “why came you here to dwell?” “The Queen of Fairies caught me when from my horse I fell

And at the end of seven years she pays a tithe to hell I so fair and full of flesh and fear it be myself

But tonight is Halloween and the fairy folk ride Those that would let true love win at Mile's Cross they must bide

So first let pass the horses black and then let pass the brown Quickly run to the white steed and pull the rider down

For I'll ride on the white steed, the nearest to the town For I was an earthly knight, they give me that renown

Oh, they will turn me in your arms to a newt or a snake But hold me tight and fear not, I am your baby's father

And they will turn me in your arms into a lion bold But hold me tight and fear not and you will love your child

And they will turn me in your arms into a naked knight But cloak me in your mantle and keep me out of sight”

In the middle of the night she heard the bridle ring She heeded what he did say and young Tam Lin did win

Then up spoke the Fairy Queen, an angry queen was she Woe betide her ill-far'd face, an ill death may she die

“Oh, had I known, Tam Lin,” she said, “what this night I did see I'd have looked him in the eyes and turned him to a tree”


Type:
Album
Artists:
Fairport Convention
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Released:
December 1969 (USA)
Recorded:
  • Sound Techniques, London
Length:
7:20
Label:
Island Records Ltd.
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