Emerald Rose

Emerald Rose delivers dynamic songs as a Pagan acoustic/rock Celtic band out of North Georgia.  Their vocal harmonies are matched with Celtic and world music instruments, producing a unique sound.  Many clever original songs, plus some Gaelic classics, blast with a raising of energy that is powerful, professional and addictive. Songs listed here come from several of their CD's: Fire in the Head , Bending Tradition and Urania Sings.  The last CD also comes with a video that will inspire all who love the nighttime sky. You can find Emerald Rose and their CDs online at emeraldrose.com



Castle of Arianrhod
Chicken Raid of Cymru
Fire In The Head
Freya, Shakti
Hills of America
Merry May Folk
Never Underestimate
Pagan Girl
Penny in the Well
Red-haired Mary
Summerland
Urania Sings
Vampire Girl

Lyrics and Chords


Castle of Arianrhod
by Jerome Geisinger
Performed by Emerald Rose

capo i
   Dm
1.I've been the highest, & I've been the lowest
                      C        Dm
There is nothing that I cannot know
     Dm
I am all, I am nothing, but I'll tell you something
              C          Dm
I defend my chair as a throne
       Dm
And I know the reason that way out of season
                C          Dm
Lleu slew the wren with a stone
   Dm              Am         F          C
I tell you these things, but how can I know?
           Dm                   Am C   Dm
I'm three times in the castle of Arianrhod


2.We set forth like Arthur
 to reclaim our daughter
And the cauldron we'd lost in the trade
Atonement for insult resulted in tulmult
The highest of prices we paid
We set for the Ireland  
we crossed to the otherland
Our king was a bridge between worlds
I tell you these things, but how can I know?
I'm three times in the castle of Arianrhod


3. Gwern in the fire exploded their ire
Bran poisoned   a spear through the thigh
The cauldron was shattered,
but nothing else mattered
We claimed it, and fled with our lives
Seven hundred set sail, only seven returned
With the cauldron and the head of our king
I tell you these things, but how can I know?
I'm three times in the castle of Arianrhod


4. Three horns were hailing
where Arthur lay waiting
To rise up hearty and hale
When the lance is forsaken, the sleeper awakens
To take a sip from the grail
Seven hundred set sail, but we seven returned
With the cauldron and the words of our king
I tell you these things, but how can I know?
I'm three times in the castle of Arianrhod


5. I've been the highest and I've been the lowest
There is nothing that I cannot know
I am all I am nothing, but I'll tell you something
I defend my chair as a throne
And I know the reason that way out of season
Lleu slew the wren with a stone
I tell you these things, but how can I know?
I'm three times in the castle of Arianrhod



Fire In The Head
by Emerald Rose

capo i
        C                         F       G
Ch:    Fire in the head...I'm a flame in motion
 C                         F            G
Fire in the head...I'm a sword that's sharp
 C                         F         G
Fire in the head...I'm a drop in the ocean
    G                       C
A shield in battle and a string in a harp.
Fire in the head...I'm an eagle soaring
Fire in the head...I'm a spoken word
Fire in the head...I'm a torrent pouring
A grain of wheat and a cauldron stirred.
Fire in the head!

1. Wee Jack's rhymes are sly and hinting
Wrapped in bull skin banging a drum
Wee Jack's looking, one eyed squinting
Hoppin' on one leg, sucking his thumb
The black sow's chasin' me round the oak tree
Humming a tune that I must learn
The black sow's call to feast awoke me
But oh her cauldron spits and burns  (Ch)


2. Mad May shakes her bells to ringing
Rides through the door and disappears
Mad May's laughing, asking, singing
Does anyone have ears that hear?
The raven sat in a creek and pondered
Why the alder tree is strong
The raven's head flew off and wandered

Singing stories and telling songs  (Ch)



Freya, Shakti
by Emerald Rose

 Em
Freya, Shakti, Hathor, Rhiannon,
  D             Em
Rhea, Maat, the Morrigan
 Em
Freya, Shakti, Hathor, Rhiannon,
  D              Em
Rhea, Maat, the Morrigan

        D     Em
Ch:    High, raising up the Goddess
 D  Em
Oh, fill my soul
 D    Em
High, raising up the spirit
 D  Em
Oh, make me whole

    Em
1. She is a woman crowned with a crescent
 D                   Em
She is the mother of all that lives
 Em
She is the Earth that is spinning in starlight
 D                    Em
She is the Goddess of all that is   (ch)

   Em
2. I know a woman stirring a cauldron
 D                        Em
She is the source of the heart's deep core
Em
I love a maiden dancing in moonlight
 D                    Em
She is the key to the ancient lore   (ch)



Merry May Folk
Emerald Rose

   G               C          D                C
1. On a fresh May morning, I took my love to church
    G              C             D         C
To see if Parson Pruneface was properly a-perched
     G                C          D              C
The sermon scarcely started, someone began to snore
      Am                Em       Am               Em
When like a sunlit sea wave, a green and crimson wave
   Am      Em   Am        Em      Am        Em        D
A band of merry May folk came a-whooping through the door
D6   D7
Oh, singing:
     G                   D            C         D        G
Come up, come in with streamers, come in with boughs of May
       G                  D                  C       D         G
Come green and white and trip the lawn till night becomes the day
     G                 D             C       D        G
Jump up and dance the Tom-fool, jump up and duck and leap
     G                 D              C      D        G
Jump up and wake the people that the parson puts to sleep

 
2. They brandished nut-brown tabors, their garlands fell in showers
Came lads and lasses after them with feet like dancing flowers
Their queen had torn her green gown and bared a shoulder whit     
White as the May that crowned her and all the minstrels round her
Tilted back their crimson hats and sang for sheer delight,
Oh, singing:
Come up, come in with streamers, come in with boughs of May
Come green and white and trip the lawn till night becomes the day
The Earth is dressed in flowers bedecked as if to wed
Go on and kiss the lady-o before the moment's fled


3. The dusky velvet hassocks were cloaked in fragrant dew
The font grew white with hawthorn, it frothed in every pew
The parson's beard was frosted from the queen's hawthorny kiss
When like a Morris saber Tom Fool raised his tabor
Bounded to the pulpit and commenced to preaching this:
Oh, singing:
Come up, come in with streamers, come in with boughs of May
Come green and white and trip the lawn till night becomes the day
We sing of life arisen from the Lord who shed and died
Your God's alive in greenwood with the Lady by his side

(Instrumental; Chorus 1)


4. At Easter dawned our Morris, ere Pentecost our May
The words we sing are different, but the tune's not far away
So stand with us, join hand to hand and raise a sacred call
We sing of life arisen, we sing of glory risen
We sing that love is risen again, and love… is lord of all!
Oh, singing:
Come up, come in with streamers, come in with boughs of May
Come green and white and trip the lawn till night becomes the day
So dance with joy remembered and sing of love's reward
Raise up a cup of May wine to the Lady and the Lord!



NEVER UNDERESTIMATE
by Emerald Rose

Intro: CCCC FF (3x)
                C                           F       C
1. Well, I was ranting down the road in my pickup truck
   F           C             Am           G
Defending the faith and the land of the brave
       C                     F           C
Got a fish on the front, a cross on the dash
        F             C         Am     G
And a sticker on the back says "Jesus saves"
F                                C         F       G
I drove into the woods where I knew those heathen raged
   F                             C              G
I had to save them all from the dangers of the New Age

Bible-armored, I got out of my truck
A righteous man with many souls to win
I followed the sound of their wicked singing
Till I found them there, dancing in sin
I preached from the Book, exactly how it read
Till one jumped up, wagged her finger, and this is what she said:

         C       G             F              G              C     F  G
CH:     Never underestimate a woman with the Goddess in her eyes
       C            G        F               C             G
'Cause if you ever do, then surely you will get a big surprise
        C                G           F              C           F
You'll find that she is positively practicing the Craft of the Wise
 G7                    C              F              C    CFCFC
Never underestimate a woman with the Goddess in her eyes

2. Surrounded by these witches, my legs went into twitches
Before I knew it, I was dancing around
All that joyful singing set my heart to ringing
Filled to full with that magical sound
I jumped up in the air every time their drum went BANG
I chanted with them all, and this is what we sang:    (Chorus)

3. I woke up in the morning flat on my back
Staring at my clothes in the top of a tree
I sat up in the clearing, head in my hands
Oh, my Lord, what's become of me?
On the tree was a note-- it was writ in lipstick red
A shiver went through my heart when I saw what it said   (Chorus)


Pagan Girl
by Emerald Rose
 
             D
1. Well the world is full of women
Em7                      A
Every color, shape, and kind
     D
And with this female cornucopia
    E                             A
It might be hard to make up your mind
      D
I've had my share of failures
          Em7                A
But I've learned a thing or two,
      D
I've laid down some hard-earned guidelines
        A                           D
Listen well and I'll sing them for you

         D                   A     G
Ch: I'm gonna find myself a pagan girl
           D                     A        G
Who understands the Goddess and rocks my world
  A
Chant in the circle as the Sun and the Moon
      G                         A       D
Then dance round the fire to a Goddess tune
 A
Rock all night 'til the morning unfurls
           G             A     D
I'm gonna find myself a pagan girl


2. Back in college, Mary was an A. D. PI
And as fine as any you have seen
But she blackballed the God & the Goddess
If they didn't wear pink and green
And Belinda, she was a wild girl
She could dance, she could ride,
and she could scream
But the only Gods she adored and served
Were Mary Jane and old Jim Beam  (chorus)


3. Now Sherry was a fine, sweet girl
My happiness was her goal
But she had one very big problem with me
I would not let her save my soul
And Annie was a New Age mystic
Dolphins, angels, crystals, trees
But her idea of wild good time
Was channeling from the Pleiades (chorus)

  Em7                                  A
4.   I didn't think that I would ever find her
  Em7                                    A
     Thought it might be a greater mystery
  Em7                                A
     Then I saw her standing in the circle
  Em7                                    A
     An earthly Goddess waiting just for me...

CH2: Oh, I found myself a pagan girl
Who understands the Goddess and rocks my world
We stand in the circle as the Sun and the Moon
Then dance round the fire to a Goddess tune
Rock all night till the morning unfurls
I found myself a pagan girl
G   D      G   D
P-A-G-A-N, P-A-G-A-N,
   G       D           Em7 A       G A   D 
I found myself a pagan girl --    pagan girl!




Penny in the Well
by Larry Morris (2000)

(capo iii)
 C            Am                F               G
1. I drive my car between the white and yellow lines
              C                Am           F              G
(I know this path) I know this path, and I follow all the signs
             C                     Am          F              G
(but then I hear) The blackbird's call from a distant rowan tree
             C                 Am           F              G
(and I must leave) Leave this road, I must journey to the sea

                  C                Am             F                    G
CH: (and so I'll go) Down to the shore where the warm wind fills the sheets
              C             Am             F                G
(and I will find) Find the crew that will help me feel complete
                 C               Am         F             G
(and then I'll sail) Off to the land where my ancestors dwell
               C              Am           F        G
(and then I'll...)  Throw my penny in the well
C            Am           F     G  
   Throw my penny in the well


2. I loved a lady once who danced into my life
(and then she came) Came to bed, and then she came to be my wife
(but in my heart) There was a hole that all our laughter could not fill
(a cold wind blew) A cold wind blew us from our home upon the hill
(so let me go... (CH) )

3. The loving heart it is the bird that sings the song
(she sings the song) And even hatred cannot cage her spirit long
(although we see) The nations fight, still as people we are joined
(we all are joined) Our love for life shall be our planet's common coin...
(so let us go... (CH) )

(CH2) Down to the shore where the warm wind fills the sheets
(and then we'll join) Join the crew, so that we may be complete
(and then we'll sail) Off to the land where our ancestors dwell
(and then we'll..) Throw our penny in the well

TAG:
             C           Am           F     G
oh yes we'll  Throw our penny in the well
             C           Am           F
Come let us,  Throw our penny in the well



Red-haired Mary
Emerald Rose

G                         C       D
1. As I was going to the fair in Dingle
G                   C      D
  One fine morning last July,
G                C         D
  On the road I saw before me
   G          C      D       G   C  DG
A red-haired maiden passing by.
       G                C          D
"Come ride with me, my red-haired maiden.
G                C     D
  My donkey can carry two."
G                        C       D
  She looked at me, her eyes a-twinkling
 G        C       D    G
And her cheeks a rosy hue.

     G                   C          D
Ch: Keep your hands off red-haired Mary
        G              C       D
       Her and I will soon be wed
              G                   C    D
       We'll see the priest this very morning
          G                    C   D    G  C DG
       Tonight we'll lie in a marriage bed.


2. When we reached the town of Dingle
I took her hand to say good-bye
A tinker, he walked up beside me
And punched me hard in my left eye.
I was feeling kind of peevish
And my left eye was sad and sore
I tapped him gently with my hobnail,
And he flew back to Murphy's door   (Chorus)


3. He ran off to find his brothers
Larger men I ne'er did see
They rapped me gently with their knuckles
And I was minus two front teeth
And then a peeler* came round the corner
He said, "Son you done broke the law."
When my donkeykicked him in the kneecaps
He fell down and broke his jaw.  (Chorus)

4. The red-haired maiden
just stood there smiling
"I'll come with you, young man," she said.
"We'll skip the priest this very morning,
Tonight we'll lie in Murphy's shed!"


Ch: Keep your hands off red-haired Mary
    Her and I will soon be wed
    We'll skip the priest this very morning,
    Tonight we'll lie in Murphy's shed!


* "Peeler", a term for British "town militia" stationed in Ireland in the early 1900's.



SUMMERLAND  by Emerald Rose

capo iii
                 C                              F
1. They say the road to heaven is straight and narrow
              C                          G
They say the road to hell is smooth and wide
           F            G                  C /B Am  /G
Well, the path I follow   may be long and wind- ing
F                                   G     (su4)
  But it surely leads to the other side
      C                            F
I've walked the maze of shadow and   the paths of light
          C                                    G
And I've seen myself in Rebel gray and Celtic woad
       F                G            C        /B   Am    /G
I'll trace the sacred spiral of the Mysteries in flight
F                                G
  Till the final turning of the road

                  C    /B                Am        /G
Chorus:    Summerland,     the Wheel is spinning
          F     G           C       F G
Womb of change    and re-beginning
      F                            G
From one to the Many and from the Many to the One
         C   /B             Am      /G
Well of rest    and deep reflection
         F   G            C        F  G
Seeing Truth   and new direction
      F             G
Till Summerland is done...
 C          (su4)
Summerland!


2. I'm forced to admit I'm far from a perfect man
And I guess I confess I'm a sinner as they'd say
But the Pagan life's not about single-dose redemption
It's a reaffirmation every day
And they'll ask you, "Brother, have you been saved?  (yes they will!)
"Don't you worry 'bout burning for eternity?"
Well, I'm in no danger; and, no, I'm not afraid (no, no)
For the Goddess speaks with certainty (Chorus)

3. They say the road to heaven is straight and narrow
They say the road to hell is smooth and wide
Well, the path I follow may be long and winding
But it surely leads to the other side (Chorus)


Urania Sings
by Emerald Rose

  E                              D   su4   D   A
1. Urania waits in the cold of space
  E                                D    su4  D   A
   Tempts astronomers from their sleep
  E                           D        su4   D   A
   teaches things beyond the reach of human ken
   gives them answers in their dreams
   Tide and Time are her lovers
   and her heart is a star
   she calls the mind to mystery
  E                                   D             Dsu4    D
   I heed her call each night at the setting of the sun
  E                                 D      su4    D
   learn the song that the heavens sing


                 E                    D            A
Ch: When Urania sings (she sings) she opens up my mind
        E                        D             A
Urania sings (she sings) of the mysteries of space and time
     E                         D            A
she sings (she sings) and the heavens open wide
        E            D            A
Urania sings and the Universe is mine
             E
when Urania sings


2. They say astronomers in the ancient days
Spent their nights with a beautiful Muse
Dark as space are the tresses of her night black hair
And on her brow the crescent moon
Stars join in on the chorus
And she wakes me up at night
With her celestial symphony
I call her name on the essence of a night long prayer
She shows me secrets in her wings    (Ch)

3. Urania calls in the dark of night
lures astronomers from their beds
teaches things that they can never understand
puts strange questions in their heads
I'll never be afraid of the dark again
she's got that moonlight in her eyes
she likes to wear her stardust party dress
she takes me dancing in the skies (Ch)


[Urania is the Muse of astronomers]



VAMPIRE GIRL FROM ORN
By Emerald Rose

Intro:     Em Em D D Em Em (2x)
           D D  C C  D D  (2x)

                 Em
1. She came from   outer space
She landed in a crater
        D
We said,  "Take you to our leader?"
She said, "Maybe later..."
        Em
She was five foot six,
and nothin' short of stunning
D
  Had the kind of legs
that would get your motor running
     Em
The Vampire Girl
     G
The Vampire Girl
 B7             Em    D   Em    D   C  D
from the Planet Orn

2. She came to town
Her skirt it was a scandal
To all the local boys, she said
"How much can ya handle?"
Billy Lee, he fell into her clutches
To this day, he only walks with crutches
The Vampire Girl
The Vampire Girl from the Planet Orn

3. Bobby was the village Casanova
Twenty minutes with her
and his career was over
Handsome Jack,
she kept from dawn to dusk
We found him by the roadside,
a dessicated husk
from the Vampire Girl
The Vampire Girl from the Planet Orn

4. Everybody wondered
if the man was ever born
Who could satisfy her cravings
from the evening to the morn
Anyone who tried
was met with shame and scorn
It was Wierd Harry who married
the Vampire Girl from Orn

5. The wives and girlfriends,
they formed a little posse
Went to have a talk
with this new town hussy
They went in, ready for some crushing
When they came on out,
they were gigglin' and a blushin'
The Vampire Girl
The Vampire Girl from the Planet Orn

6. Three at a time,
oh man the girl was scary
She finally ran across Old Weird Harry
He was skinny,
his knees they were all knobbly
But three days later
he wasn't even wobbly from the
Vampire Girl
The Vampire Girl from the Planet Orn

7. He had her number,
everyone could tell
A few days later
we were hearing wedding bells
It wasn't rhino horn, it wasn't Ayurvedic
His secret was a specialty prosthetic
for the Vampire Girl
The Vampire Girl from the Planet Orn



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