Best of Pagan Song: Gwydion Pendderwen
Gwydion Pendderwen was the bard of the Church of All Worlds in the 1970's.
He was also co-founder of the Faerie Witchcraft tradition.
His vinyl record albums "Songs for the Old Religion" (1975) and "The Faerie Shaman" (1983)
are now available on CD from
 The song below was written for two witches in southern California whose house was allegedly firebombed, forcing them to relocate.
Gwydion later sang this song for his court statement after being arrested for protesting a University of California lab.
He died in an auto accident after visiting friends in 1982.

We Won't Wait Any Longer
(a.k.a. the Pagan National Anthem)
Gwydion Pendderwen. 1981
(capo ii)

         (D/F#)       Em         D
CH:    We won't wait any longer
               Am                Em
We are stronger than before.
                 Em         D
We won't wait any longer
We are stronger...

1. We have trusted no man's promise
We have kept to just ourselves
We have suffered from the lies
                 B       su4            B
In all the books upon your shelves
And our patience and endurance
Through the Burning Times and now
          Am                B
Have given us the strength
to keep our vow  (CH)

2. You have grazed away the heather
And have razed the sacred grove
You have driven native people
From the places that they love
Though your greed
has been unbounded
You have felt the pangs of shame
Every time you trod upon
the Mother's name   (CH)

3. Though you thought you
had destroyed the memory
of the Ancient Ways
Still the people light the bale fires
Every year on Solstice Day
And on Beltaine Eve and Samhain
You can find us on the hill
Invoking once again the Triple Will (CH)

4. Through the ages many races
Have risen and have gone
But dispersed among the nations
Of the world we linger on
Now the time has come
to take the sacred Cauldron of Rebirth
And fulfill our ancient pledges
to the Earth  (CH2x)

                  Dm      Dm2   Dsu4
...We are stronger

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