Hugin the Bard Songs

 Descent into Annwn

Rhiannon of the Birds

The Dreams of Arianhrod

A Very Funny Man: Llew Llaw Gyffes
Lady, My Lady




Hugin the Bard is a musician who has performed with Pete Seeger

and Country Joe McDonald. He is also a Wiccan Elder who belongs to the

Morning Star Society of Native American Ceremonial Arts.” --(Llewellyn Publishers)



The six songs on this website are selected from:

"A Bard’s Book of Pagan Songs:

Stories and Music from the Celtic World"

By Hugin the Bard

A mini-review of "A Bard's Book of Pagan Songs"":

In Hugin the Bard's published songbook entitled "A Bard's Book of Pagan Songs", the first 16 songs (pp 1-79) are based on the Mabinogion, the ancient book of pre-Christian Welsh stories and legends. The rest of Hugin’s songbook (pp 80-258) contains NeoPagan songs and chants which he has written. 

All the songs reflect Hugin’s vast knowledge of ancient Pagan stories and beliefs, his witty humor, and his unique talent for crafting ancient tales into modern folk songs. 

You can still get a used copy of this out-of-print songbook, inexpensively, at  You'll find all the lyrics and chords to all of his songs in this book. Make sure the CD is included.

I feel it is essential that every Pagan songwriter, guitar player and musician to have a copy in order to be exposed to and to learn from Hugin's craft of converting the old stories into Pagan songs for today. 

 --Cernowain Greenman



All songs, lyrics and chords are copyrighted by Hugin the Bard.



“Descent into Annwn” 

by Hugin the Bard


Names:   Annwn: ah-NOON    Pywll: POO-el    Arawn: AIR-ah-won    Rhiannon: REE-ah-non    Havgan: HAV-gan


(6/8 time)

      Dm              F              C                Dm

1.My Lord, he went a-hunting once before the break of day

      F                C              Dm             A

The hounds and he got parted from the men along the way

     Dm              F           C                    A

And deep within the forest, the hounds were heard to bay  (Ah-ooooo!)

Dm               C          Dm

Mighty Pwyll descended into Annwn.


2.There he met the Western Lord of Death the Man in Grey

A mortal man he needed in an underworld foray

The Eastern Lord of death is the one that Pwyll must slay

Mighty Pwyll descended into Annwn


3.The eastern Lord of Death was greedy, the West he wished to rule
In order to defeat him, both kingdoms they must fool
So, Pwyll would look like Arawn and he would look like Pwyll
Mighty Pwyll descended into Annwn


4.He went upon his journey and he came upon a well
Her golden light and healing waters cast a lovely spell
But, Rhiannon and Pwyll's another story yet to tell
Mighty Pwyll descended into Annwn


5.In Arawn's castle no one was the wise
The Queen was fair beyond compare, desire burned inside
But, Pwyll was sworn to friendship, wouldn't lay between her thighs
Mighty Pwyll descended into Annwn


6.Havgan met him at the ford, he seemed a golden youth
That he would sever women's breasts, it didn't seem the truth
Yet, slay him without mercy was the task ahead of Pwyll
Mighty Pwyll descended into Annwn


7.The warriors clashed together, Havgan proved a mighty foe
Throughout the day, until the eve, his powers seemed to grow
Yet, Havgan fell in battle to a single mighty blow
Mighty Pwyll descended into Annwn


8.My Lord he went a-hunting once before the break of day
The hounds and he got parted from the men along the way
And deep within the forest, the hounds were heard to bay
Mighty Pwyll descended into Annwn



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“Rhiannon of the Birds”

by Hugin the Bard


Names:    Rhiannon: ree-AHN-non (or, in other songs: REE-ahn-non)     Dyved: DIV-ed    Gwawl: GOO-el   

                Pywll: POO-el     Modran: MOE-drone



     Dm G       Am7 F       Dm7 G             Cma7   Fma7  Cma7 Fma7

Ch: Rhi-an-non, Rhi-an-non, Rhi-an-non of the Birds




Em7            Am7      Dm7  G

1. Beyond the bridge of Rainbows

  Cma7              Fma7

A land of beauty so fair

     Cma7                      Fma7

That mortals would dare not compare

    Em7                     Am7

The castle had crystalline walls

     Dm7                        G

With roofing of birds o’er the halls



2.Daughter of Dyved’s first and ancient king

He would give her away

To the best friend of death, their Lord Gray

Would rather give her to Gwawl

Than see her be mortal with Pwyll


3.She led her man to her bright world

At their wedding feast, Pwyll

Behaved like a mortal fool

Tricked a moment too soon

He gave her to Gwawl as a boon


4.Wished to be wed to her mortal,

brought him back in a year and a day

She told him just what to say

In a bag that would not be filled

They broke Gwawl’s suffering will


5.Lover of the ancient harmonies

She went to Dyved as Queen

The fairest they had ever seen

She went as a mortal to rule

As mortal as her lover Pwyll


6.Fairest daughter of Modran

She so loved a man

That she gave up her heavenly land

To live life again as a mortal

To grow old, to suffer and die.



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“The Dreams of Arianhrod” (The “Virgin” Song)

By Hugin the Bard



Names:      Arianhrod: AIR-ee-uhn-rod    Dylan: DIL-uhn    Llew: LOO    Govannon: GO-van-en  

                  Arawn:  AIR-ah-won    Taliesin: tawl-ee-ES-son


         Dm          C         Dm

1. There once was a fair young Lady

     G         F          Dm

Who wanted to try things new

     Dm          C          F  G

She thought she would be a Virgin

   Dm          A           Dm

As if it were something to do


2. The word had a brand new meaning

Brought in from the new tribe

Instead of an unmarried lady

‘Twas a maiden truly inside


        G             Dm       A     Dm

CH1:   Such were the dreams of Arianrhod

               G     Dm      A

       In her castle by the sea

               Dm         C        F  G

       But, a woman’s no longer a virgin

            Dm           C      Dm

       Who knows what a man can be


3. This Lady once loved a Brother

And a Lord from under the Sea

Though she used women’s wisdom

To prevent any pregnancy


4. She sought a role as a virgin

To be footholder of the King

But when she stepped over the Magic Wand

Two children came into being  (CH1)


5. Son Dylan, he swam away then

Llew was raised by Gwydion

Dylan died at Govannon’s hand

But the tale of Llew went on


6. She finally died with her castle

Was reborn in Arawn’s realm

Now she hosts a forever feast

A hostess to overwhelm 


CH2: Such were the dreams of Arianrhod

In her castle in the sky

Feasting with Bards and Priests and Kings

Who go there when they die

(if they want to)

Who go there when they die


7. She sits at the head of the table

In her castle in the sky

Don’t be surprised if Arawn

Is right there by her side


8. Starlight shines like a rainbow

Through the crystalline walls

Music played by the finest Bards

Taliesin the best of all  (CH2)



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“A Very Funny Man” (Llew Llaw Gyffes)

By Hugin the Bard


Names:    Llew Llaw Gyffes: loo-leh-GIF-eez    Gwydion: GWID-ee-uhn 


          C         G            C          D

CH:  Oh, Llew llaw Gyffes was a very funny man

            D                 D

Yes, a very funny man indeed!  (crazy laugh)



1. He was born as a zygote


Incubated in a trunk


Had a fight with his mother right away


He got married to a girl made out of flowers


He was murdered

              F               G

Changed his shape and almost died



2.He was bright as the Sun

He knew magick and dreams

And late in life was the King

Was a master at chess

Anything he would do

Had the magick

Of Gwydion’s line  (CH)


3. It took the longest of time

For them to give him a name

Or the weapons of being an adult

And his mother never let him

Go out with normal girls

He had to find his girlfriend’s

In the flower bed


4. The lover of his wife

Is the guy that murdered him

But he didn’t die, he turned into a bird

An eagle with a wound

Sort of an ill eagle that ate by pigs

Til his father healed him

With a song  (CH)


5.He lived a very

Strange life indeed!

And after life they made him into a God

A God of the Sun

And after hearing this song

I hope he has

a great sense of humor!  (CH)



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“Lady, My Lady” 

(The story of Gwydion, Arianrhod and her son Llew)

By Hugin the Bard


Names:     Gwydion:  GWID-ee-uhn    Arianrhod: AIR-ee-uhn-rod   Dylan: DIL-uhn  

                 Llew llaw Gyffes: loo-leh-GIF-eez




Verse 1. At Arianrhod’s virginity trial, she didn’t know that she bore two sons. Glad she was that Dylan swam off. But, Gwydion hastened the other raw young thing to his chamber where he grew the lad in a special trunk at the foot of his bed with magick and chants and herbs til the proper time for his birth.

    And there came the time when the lad needed a name by his mother, as was the custom. So, Gwydion and the boy went to Arianrhod’s castle by the sea. But she was not pleased. Her embarrassment stung her pride deeply and she vowed he would not be named until that name was given by her. And the look in her eye showed she had no intention of doing so. But Gwydion had at least a few tricks up his sleeve and one day they came to the castle in disguise…



CH1. Lady, my Lady, we are bootmakers

D                  Am2

  The best in the land


Won’t you come down that I may fit your feet

D                   Am2

  Place them in my hands

          C                  G

When she came down to their boat

      C                 D

At a bird the lad took aim and threw a stone



She gasped, “Did you see that sure shot?”
Llew llaw Gyffes (the "Lion with the steady hand")

“Thank you, my Lady, your son now has a name”

Then the boot leather turned to seaweed and the boat to driftwood and the bootmaker and his son became Gwydion and young Llew, all released from Gwydion’s magick charm.


Verse 2. Arianrod was not pleased. “My brother you’ve tricked me again. How could you be so cruel?”  “Twas your cruelty to the boy that brought me to this deed,” said Gwydion.

   “Ahh!” she cried. Then she turned and grinned and said, “Well I know this much. He’ll never receive the arms of manhood and therefore never sit on the throne as King unless those weapons are placed upon him by his mother. This I vow!” And the look in her eye showed she had no intention of doing so. So, another day they came to her castle in disguise, this time as musicians…



CH2. Lady, my Lady, we are wandering Bards

D                  Am2

   May we play for you


We know songs of wonder, we know tales and more

D                   Am2

  At your feast for you

        C                 G

In the morning came an invasion

    C                      D

To help you, we must have arms


Lady, I know my business

Help arm the boy (And so she did)

“Thank you my Lady, the invasion has gone and your son now has arms.” At this the musicians became Gwydion and young Llew. Arianrhod was not pleased!


Verse 3. “Oh my brother, how could you do this to me? A shame upon you and a shame upon me for being tricked again by the brother I once loved above all things. Ahh! You’ve left me but one move. I swear by the Mother that this lad shall never know the love and embrace of mortal woman born of this Earth. This is my final vow to you!” And she never again left her castle.

    Well, this problem stumped Gwydion. Arianrhod’s magick was as powerful as his own. So, he went to his uncle, the King, Math the Ancient, whose magick was the most powerful in the land. And together the King and Gwydion, who were both father, and uncle to Llew, created for him a bride not born of woman, but made of magick and flowers. Ah, but that’s another tale entirely.



CH3. Lady, my Lady of the Silver Wheel

D                      Am2

  Passing on into the night


You will be together with your brother’s love

D                   Am2

   And your son so bright

           C                           G

When they pass from this plane of restriction

         C             D

To your castle in the sky



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by Hugin the Bard


Names:     Blodeuwedd: BLOD-yoo-wed      Gwydion: GWID-ee-uhn    Llew Llaw: LOO-law

                 Gwynedd: gwin-ED    Cantrens: KAN-trans    Ardudwy: AR-joo-wee

                 Gorenwy Pewr: GAR-en-wee PE-oor



    D              D/C#      Bm       F#m

1. Fashioned from flowers, a magickal birth

   G            Bm              A

A gift for the Prince from the King

 D           D/C#         Bm          F#m

Fairer than flowers that grow on the Earth

Em7        A       D

Beautiful Lady, I sing



2. Blossoms of oak, broom and meadows sweet

Were brought to the King and Gwydion

Where in the King’s chamber three days did retreat

And brought you forth when they were done


3. Wed the next day to Llew Llaw, hand in hand

Hear to the King of Gwynedd

The fairest of Cantrens would be your land

In Ardudwy, fair Blodeuwedd


4. Happy you seemed til your Lord went away

To visit the King and his kin

Through magick and cunning then did you betray

Young Llew, for a man you let in


     Em7   G    F#m      Bm

CH: Blodeuwedd, who are you?

  G   Bm             A

Blodeuwedd, you are who?


5. How could a maiden so fair and bright

Do what you did to your man?

With Gorenwy Pewr your lover by night

Slew young Llew Llaw the sure hand


6. By magick that bandit and Llew looked the same

Though Gorenwy added a scowl

But you met your maker when Gwydion came

And turned you then into an owl


7. As you take wing on a fanciful flight

over the fields of Gwynedd

Feeding on creatures that stir in the night

Do you know now, Blodeuwedd?  (CH)




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