Yule Songs for Wiccans and Pagans

 

from Cern's Pagan Songbook Online
for lyrics without chords go to the Yule Lyrics page.

Last updated 12/16/09


Brothers, Sisters, Come to Sing (tune: "Hark the Herald")
Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland
Day-o, the Sun is Reborn
Deck the Hall
Drum the Sun ("Pa Rum Pa Pum Pum")  < -- NEW for 2009
¡
El Solsticio!   (tune: "Feliz Navidad
")
Faunus the Roman Goat-God     
Glo -- ria! In Excelsis Deo!
Glorious! Christmas Time is Pagan!
Good Pagan Folk Rejoice!      
God Rest Ye Merry Paganfolk
Gods Bless You, Merry Heathen folk
Here We Come A-Wassailing      < -- NEW for 2009
Hark The Neo-Pagans Sing
Have a Holly Jolly Yuletide
Have Yourself a Merry Little Yuletide
Joy to the World, the Sun Has Come!
Moon of Silver (tune: "We Three Kings")

Mother Berta's Coming To Town
O Yuletide Tree 
Oh, Come all Ye Faithful, Gather Round the Yule Fire
Oh, Holy Night! Oh Holy Dawn!
Old Pagan Times (tune: "Auld Lang Zine"     < -- NEW for 2009
Our Lady Greensleeves

Our Lady Moon Shines Softly Down   (tune: "O Little Town of Bethlehem")
Santa Claus is Pagan, Too! by Emerald Rose   < -- NEW for 2009
Share the Light (tune: "The First Noel") 
Silent Night, Solstice Night 
Solstice Day (Fahoo Foraz)  <-- New for 2010!!
The 13 Days of Solstice
     
The Animal Solstice Song (Bee Fish Ewe a Mare Egrets Moose
)      

What Child is This, Who Rises Now
 
We wish you a Blessed Solstice

Ye Children All of Mother Earth
(tune: "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear")
Yule Fires (tune: "Greensleeves")


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Brothers, Sisters, Come to Sing
words by Ellen Reed (1st verse)
(Tune: "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" by Felix Mendelssohn)


(starting note: A)

     D                        D  A7
1. Brothers, sisters, come to sing
  D   G       D   A7   D
Glory to the new-born King!
 D                         D  E7
Gardens peaceful, forests wild
 A               E7    A
Celebrate the Winter Child!
 D            G   D      D  A
Now the time of glowing starts!
 D            G   D  A   D  A
Joyful hands and joyful hearts!
  G                   B7  Em
Cheer the Yule log as it burns!
A7                  D   A7 E7
For once again the Sun returns!
  G                      B7  Em
Brothers, sisters, come and sing!
 A7   D           A7   D
Glory to the new-born King!

                          
     D                         D A7
2. Brothers, sisters, singing come
  D      G    D  A7   D
Glory to the newborn Sun
   D                          D E7
Through the wind and dark of night
 A               E7    A
Celebrate the coming light.
 D                        G      D   D A
Sun's glad rays through fear's cold burns
 D                      G     D   D  A
Life through death the Wheel now turns
 G                         B7  Em
Gather round the Yule log and tree
A7    D             A7 D7
Celebrate Life's mystery
  G                     B7  Em
Brothers, sisters, singing come
  A7  D           A7   D
Glory to the new-born Sun.


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DANCING IN A WICCAN WONDERLAND
words by Alexander & Aarcher
(music by Dick Smith)

(starting note: G)

        C    
Pagans sing, are you listenin',
        G
Altar's set, candles glisten,
        G7       Dm           G        F
It's a Magickal night, we're having tonight,
 D7          G7            C
Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland

             C
Blades held high, censer smoking,
         G
God and Goddess, we're invoking,
        G7       Dm        G         F
Through Elements Five, we celebrate life,
 D7          G7            C
Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland

          C
Queen of Heaven, is in Her place,
        G
Triple Goddess, now the Crone Face,
  G7        Dm              G          F
Above and Below, She's the Goddess we know,

 D7           G7           C
Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland

         C
Now the God, is the Provider,
           G
Supplying game for our Fire,
  G7        Dm             G              F
Above and Below, He's the Horned One we Know,
 D7           G7           C
Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland

E           A               E
In a Circle we can light a Yule Fire,
 E             A             E
And await the rising of the Sun,
G                     D7              G
It's the Great Wheel turning for the new year,
 G            D7                 G7
loaded with abundance and great fun.

      C
Later on, by the fire,
          G
Cone of Power, gettin' higher
        G7       Dm          G7       F
It's a Magickal Night we're having tonight,
 D7           G7            C
Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland


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Day-0 (the Sun is Reborn)
Words by Tina Galfo
music: "Day-O" traditional

(starting note: B)

     E      A  E
CH: Day-o, Day-o,
 E                    B7        E
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.
 E      A  E
Day-O, day-o.
 E                     B7       E
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.

      E                       B7
1. Tonight we dance till the morning come.
 E                    B7        E
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.
   E                   B7
Tomorrow we greet the newborn Sun.
 E                     B7       E
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.

2. Now is the darkest season of the year, but,
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.
Now comes the cure for winter's fears, yes,
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn. (Ch)

3. The darkness flies before his face.
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.
Light is returning to this place.
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.

4. The Lady has given birth to her son.
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.
When he grow up they gonna have some fun.
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn. (Ch)

5. The season wheel it will forever turn.
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn.
As the fire within, it will ever burn.
Daylight come and the Sun is reborn. (Ch 2X)



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Deck the Hall
A Traditional Pagan Song
CAPO iii (starting note: g)

 C                   G        C     G           C          G  C
Deck the hall with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la!
 C             G      C     G           C         G  C
Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la!
 G              C     G     C            Am    G  D7 G
Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la la, la la la la la!
  C                G        C     F           C      C  G7  C
Troll the ancient Yuletide carol, Fa la la la la, la la la la!
 


See the blazing Yule before us, Fa la la la la, la la la la!
Strike the harp and join the chorus, Fa la la la la, la la la la!
Follow me in merry measure, Fa la la la, la la la la la!
While I tell of Yuletide treasure, Fa la la la la, la la la la!
 


Fast away the old year passes, Fa la la la la, la la la la!
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, Fa la la la la, la la la la!
Sing we joyous all together, Fa la la, la la la la la la!
Heedless of the wind and weather, Fa la la la la, la la la la!



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DRUM THE SUN

to the tune of "The Little Drummer Boy”
Music and original Words by Katherine K. Davis
source (words altered)-- http://www.joellessacredgrove.com/Carols/drumthesun.html

Since many Pagans like to drum all night until the rising Winter Solstice sun, this seems a very appropriate song to add to the Yule Songs collection. --C.G.

    E                     A          E
1. Sun, they told me, Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum
  E                            A          E
Would rise again some day, Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum
B
   His finest gifts he brings, Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum
B                               A
  Sustain us to the spring, Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum
   E                 B
Prrum-pa-pum-pum, Prrum-pa-pum-pum
E                        A          E
  We will honor him, Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum
  B      E
When he comes.
 
 
 
    E                   A          E
2. Winter Solstice, Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum
 E                        A          E
We come to celebrate, Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum
B
  You have a flame to bring, Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum
B                                     A
  A source of warmth 'til spring, Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum
   E                 B
Prrum-pa-pum-pum, Prrum-pa-pum-pum
E                        A          E
  We will honor you, Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum
 B         E
With our drum.
 
 
 
    E                    A          E
3. Merry meet again, Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum
E                                  A          E
  May hand and drum keep time, Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum
B
  We play our drum for You, Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum
B                               A       
  We play our best for You, Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum
   E                 B
Prrum-pa-pum-pum, Prrum-pa-pum-pum
E                          A          E
  New day dawns on us, Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum
B       E
As we drum.
B       E
As we drum.

 


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¡El Solsticio!
(Tune: Feliz Navidad)

music by Jose Feliciano
words by Cernowain Greenman
(starting note: g)  
  
 C          Dm G
¡El Solsticio!
            C Am
¡El Solsticio!
            F
¡El Solsticio!
        G7             C
Sea bendijo su año nuevo.

C                 Dm   G
The Solstice has come!
                  C    Am
The Solstice has come!
                  F
The Solstice has come!
               G7                 C   F  C
It's time for magick and lots of fun!


C7                  F              G7
I wanna wish you a happy Solstice!
                    C              Am                               
I wanna wish you a happy Solstice!
                    F
I wanna wish you a happy Solstice!
          G7              C
From the cauldron of my hearth!



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Faunus the Roman Goat-God
(Tune: Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer)
words by Morven, Jennifer, Roger, Chip, & BG


 G          C     G
Faunus the Roman Goat-God
            A#-    D7
Had a very rigid pr*ck

And if you ever saw it
                             G
You would say it's quite a trick
 G      C      G
All the other deities
                   A#- D7
Used to leer suggestively

They always wanted Faunus
                     G G7
To Join in the revelry
  C                   G
Then one frosty Saturnalia
 D7             G
Juno made this call
  A7
"Faunus since you're hung so well,
 D7
Won't you ring my solstice bell?"
  G          C       G
Then all the others pouted
                      A#- D7
And they muttered jealous-ly

"Faunus, the Roman goat-god
                       G
Better save a turn for me!"



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GLORIA
words by Ellen Reed
Tune: Gloria 7777 w/ refrain

CAPO iii (starting note: e)

    C               G       C
1. Snow lies deep upon the Earth
 G         C      G      C
Still our voices warmly sing
 C              G       C
Heralding the glorious birth
 G       C         G7     C
Of the Child, the Winter King

     C Am Dm G C Am Dm  G
CH: Glo   -    -      ria!
C  G  C  F  C G
In excelsis Deo!
 C Am Dm G C Am Dm  G
Glo    -   -      ria!
C  G  C  F  C  G C
In excelsis De - a!

    C              G       C
2. Our triumphant voices claim
 G       C        G      C
Joy and hope and love renewed
 C              G       C
And our Lady's glad refrain
 G       C       G7   C
Answers Winter's solitude (Ch)

   C              G     C
3. In Her arms a holy Child
 G    C     G       C
Promises a glowing Light
   C                G       C
Through the winter wind so wild
G       C         G7      C
He proclaims the growing Light. (Ch)

    C               G      C
4. Now the turning of the year
G       C       G       C
Of the greater Turning sings
 C              G        C
Passing age of cold and fear
 G        C     G7       C
Soon our golden summer brings. (Ch)



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GLORIOUS! CHRISTMAS TIME IS PAGAN!
Tune: Gloria 7777 w/ refrain


CAPO iii (starting note: g)

          C Am Dm G C Am Dm G
CH:     Glo  -    -   -  rious!

          C    G   C   F   C G
        Christmas time is pagan!

          C Am Dm G C Am Dm G
        Glo  -    -   -  rious!

          C    G   C   F   C G C
        Christmas time is pa- gan!

   C               G     C
Christmas time is here again,
 G   C      G      C
Decorations ev'rywhere.
   C              G       C
Christmas carols ringing out,
 G      C      G7        C
Gentle pagans, we don't care.

Modern folks all celebrate
What they learned in Sunday School.
In December, they don't know
They are celebrating Yule!

Let them have their Christmas trees,
Decked in red and green and blue.
We rejoice at every one!
Christmas trees are pagan, too.

Bowls of bubbly Christmas cheer,
Fill your cup and quench your thirst.
They think the tradition's theirs.
Wassail bowls were pagan, first.

Every door and window bears
Wreaths of holly, wreaths of pine.
Circles represent the Sun.
Every wreath is yours and mine.

Christmas lights on Christmas trees,
Candle flames burn higher and higher,
Let us cheer along, my friends,
As they light their Yuletide fire.

There's a possibility
That this song is yours and mine
'Cause the tune was known to all
Back in A.D. one-two-nine.



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Good Pagan Folk Rejoice
(Tune: "Good Christian Men Rejoice")


         C            G
1. Good Pagan folk rejoice
       C                  G
With heart and soul and voice
 G7               C
Give ye heed to what we say
 C     G
News! News!
     C               G    C
Our Lord the Sun is born today
  C       G       C
Greet him as the dawn's first light
 C        G       C
Bids farewell to dark of night
    Am             C G
The Sun returns today
     C     G       C
The Sun returns today

         C             G
2. Good Pagan folk, rejoice
       C                  G
With heart and soul and voice
 G7               C
Gather round the Yuletide tree
  C      G
Peace! Peace!
     C               G    C
Hope he brings for you and me
 C        G       C
winter's cold is nearly gone
    C          G         C
We wait for spring with Joyous song
     Am              C   G
Our Lord returns to Earth
     C      G        C
Our Lord returns to Earth

         C             G
3. Good Pagan folk, rejoice
       C                  G
with heart and soul and voice
  G7               C
Praise our Lady, praise her Son
 C    G
Joy! Joy!

     C          G      C
New life they bring to everyone
 C         G        C
Dance and sing and merry meet
C       G       C
As the Lord of Light we greet
    Am             C   G
The Sun returns today
     C      G        C
The Sun returns today



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GOD REST YE MERRY PAGANFOLK
Tune: God Rest Ye Merry,767676 w/ refrain


(starting note: e)

     Em      B    Em
God rest ye merry paganfolk,
     C             B
Let nothing you dismay.
   Em     B       Em
Remember that the Sun returns
  C                 B
Upon this Solstice day.
     Am      D       G      B
The growing dark is ending now
      Em      A7      D7
And Spring is on its way.
     G          B          Em                D
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy!
D7   G          Em      B   Em
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy.


     Em      B      Em
The Goddess rest ye merry, too,
     C                  B
And keep you safe from harm.
   Em     B       Em
Remember that we live within
     C             B
The circle of Her arms,
    Am       D          G       B
And may Her love give years to come
   C             D7
A very special charm.
     G          B          Em                D
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy!
D7   G          Em      B   Em
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy!



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Gods Bless You, Merry Heathen Folk!
Asatru Version, words by Winifred
Tune: God Rest Ye Merry,767676 w/ refrain


CAPO ii (starting note D)

     Dm          A    Dm
Gods bless you, merry Heathen folk
      Bb              A
With luck & health & weal!
   Dm     A        Dm
Remember all your forebears dear
      Bb                A
With horns of Yuletide ale!
 D   Gm                   F     Dm
Call out your boast, lay orlay bright
      Bb                 C7
That well the Norns may deal!
          F            A        Dm                         C
For our Gods now have called to us--have called, heart to heart,
C7       F          Dm     A              Dm
For our Gods have spoken deep within our souls.

Bright Yrminsul, the Yuletide Tree
Roots deep within the Well,
The Worldtree arches overhead,
Its age no one can tell.
The ancients whisper in our ears:
We dream beneath their spell--
For our Gods now have called to us--have called, heart to heart,
For our Gods have spoken deep within our souls.

Between time past and time to come
A shining bridge is spun
Of lore and love and faithfulness,
All that our deeds have won.
Roll up your sleeve, reach out your hand:
Our work is just begun--
For our Gods now have called to us--have called, heart to heart,
For our Gods have spoken deep within our souls.

Glad Yuletide now we bid you all
With horns of flowing mead!
Bright Yuletide feast in Heathen halls
Shall make us glad indeed!
With frith and faith and wisdom's deeds
We plant the glowing seed--
For our Gods now have called to us--have called, heart to heart,
For our Gods have spoken deep within our souls.


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HARK THE NEO-PAGANS SING
Words by Sunblade
(Tune: Mendelssohn 77.77.77.77.77)


CAPO ii (starting note A)

 D                   D A7
Hark the neo-Pagans sing,
  D    G2     D A7  D
Glory to the Holly King!
 D                        D E7
Peace on Earth and mercy mild,
 A                 E7 A
God and Goddess reconciled,
 D             G   D   D A
Hear us now as we proclaim:
 D             G    D   D A
We have risen from the flames!
    G                    B7  Em
Our ancient Craft now we reclaim,
A7      D          A7    D7
In the God and Goddess' names
 G              B7   Em
Hark the neo-Pagans sing,
 A7   D         A7  D
Glory to the Holly King!

 D                      D A7
Herne by highest love adored,
  D       G2    D A7   D
Herne the ever-reborn Lord,
D                       D  E7
At all times behold Him come,
 A                 E7  A
Offspring of the Holy One,
 D                    G  D    D A
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see,
 D              G D D A
Hail Incarnate De-i-ty!
    G                    B7  Em
Our ancient Craft now we reclaim,
A7      D          A7    D7
in the God and Goddess' names
 G              B7   Em
Hark the neo-Pagans sing,
 A7   D         A7  D
Glory to the Holly King!



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Have A Holly Jolly Yuletide
Music by Johnny Marks


(starting note: E)

        C    Cma7   C6  C
Have a holly jolly Yuletide
          C6       C       G
It's the best time of the year
G7
I don't know if there'll be snow
                    C
But have a cup of cheer

        C    Cma7   C6  C
Have a holly jolly Yuletide
          C6       C          G
And when you walk down the street
G7
Say hello to friends you know
                  C
And ev'ryone you meet

 F           Em
Oh, ho, the mistletoe
 F                  C
Hung where you can see
 Dm       Am
Somebody waits for you
 D7               G7
Kiss her once for me

        C     Cma7  C6  C
Have a holly jolly Yuletide
        C6       C      G
and in case you didn't hear
                     C
Oh, by golly have a holly jolly
 D7     G7      C
Yuletide  this year!



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HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE YULETIDE
Words by Hilda Marshall
Tune: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"--
(from the film MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS) by H.Martin, R.Blane

(starting note: C)

 C        Am     Dm7          G7
Have yourself a merry little Yuletide
 C        Am7     Dm7 G7
Let your heart be light
 C       Am7      Dm7             G7       E7   A7 D7 G7
From now on  our troubles will be out of sight
 C        Am     Dm7          G7
Have yourself a merry little Yuletide
 C       Am     Dm7 G7
Make the Sabbat gay
 C       Am       Dm7              E7    Am  C/G
From now on  our troubles will be miles away

    Fmaj7             Em7
Ch: Here we are as in olden days
       Dm7       G7   Cmaj7
Happy golden days  of yore
 Am        B7            Em
Faithful friends who are dear to us
        G        Am7     Dm7 G7
Gather near to us  once more

   C         Am      Dm7          G7
Through the years we all will be together
C       Am7    Dm7 G7
If the Fates allow
 C      Am7    Dm7    G7      E7     Am  G#+
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
   Fmaj7            Dm7           G7       C
And have yourself a merry little Yuletide now.



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HERE WE COME A-WASSAILING

(Traditional, adapted by Cernowain Greenman)

 

 

Note: The 6/8 time signature changes to 2/4 in the chorus.

 

    D

1. Here we come a wassailing

  D         A7        D

among the leaves so green

 G              D

Here we come a wandering

    Em         A7

so fair to be seen

 

 

CH:  (A7)      D   G       D

     Love and joy come to you

     A7      D        G       D

     And to you your wassail too

     A7        D    B7         

     Goddess bless you and

      Em   A7    D         A7

     send you a happy new year,

              D    B7   Em     A7   D

     Goddess send you a happy new year.

 

 

2. We are not daily beggars

That beg from door to door

But we are neighbors' children

Whom you have seen before.

 

3. We have got a little purse

Of stretching leather skin,

We want a little of your money

To line it well within.

 

4. Bring us out a table,

And spread it with a cloth;

Bring us out a moldy cheese,

And some of your Yuletide loaf.

 

5. Gods bless the master of this house,

Likewise the mistress too,

And all the little children

That 'round the table go.

 


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Joy to the World, the Sun has Come
Music: Nativity CM w/ repeat


CAPO ii (starting note: c)

    C   F      C      F   C   G   C
1. Joy to the world, the sun has come!
     F        G        C
Let Earth receive her Lord!
    C
Let every heart, prepare him room,
     C                       G  
And all of nature sing, and all of nature sing,
     C    F   C   F C/G  G   C
And all, and all of na- ture sing!

    C   F       C     F    C    G   C
2. Welcome the Lord, who brings us Light!
     F     G        C
The Lady gives him birth!
     C
His living light returneth to warm the seeds within us!
     C                              G  
And wakes the sleeping earth, and wakes the sleeping earth,
     C      F   C     F   C/G  G   C
And wakes, and wakes the sleeping earth!

    C   F        C     F    C    G   C
3. We light the fires, to greet the sun;
     F          G         C
Our light, our life, our Lord!
    C
Let every voice, join in the life's song!
     C                          G 
And merry turns the wheel, and merry turns the wheel,
     C      F   C  F  C/G  G     C
And merry, and merry turns the wheel!



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MOON OF SILVER
Tune: We Three Kings, 88446 w/ refrain


(starting note: f#)

    D  D7   G               C      G
CH: O..oh, Moon of Silver, Sun of Gold,
 G             C      G
Gentle Lady, Lord so bold!
 G       D  G   C   G  Am G
Guide us ever, failing never,
 G          C       G
Lead us in ways of old.

    Em             B7       Em
1.Maiden, Mother, Ancient Crone,
 Em             B7        Em
Queen of Heaven on your throne,
 G          D         G
Praise we sing Thee, Love we bring Thee,
 Am           Em  B7   Em
For all that you have shown.

    Em                B7      Em
2. Lord of Darkness, Lord of Light,
   Em            B7      Em
Gentle Brother, King of Might,
 G         D          G
Praise we sing thee, Love we bring Thee
Am       Em  B7   Em
On this Solstice night.



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Mother Berta's Coming To Town
words by Steven Posch

(starting note: g)

G7    C          C7        F           Fm6
You better watch out when winter comes nigh
     C          C7        F           Fm6
You better not doubt, I'm telling you why,
 C      Am     Dm     G7  C
Mother Berta's coming to town.
G7   C         C7        F        Fm6
She carries a sack made out of a skin
     C              C7             F       Fm6
She dumps the toys out and stuffs bad kids in.
 C      Am     Dm     G7  C
Mother Berta's coming to town.


     Gm7     C7       F
She rides on Master Skeggi
   Gm7        C7        F
A goat whose back is strong
     Am7      D7        G   E7
Her beard is grey and scraggly
         A7      D7       G  
And her tail is ten feet long!


 G    C            C7        F          Fm6
With six or eight horns, a moustache or two
 C        C7           F         Fm6
Make a mistake, she's coming for YOU!
 C      Am     Dm     G7  C
Mother Berta's coming to town.


     Gm7       C7           F
She know with whom you're sleeping
     Gm7        C7       F
She knows with whom you wake
     Am7         D7             G     E7
She knows each thought you're thinking
          A7        D7       G  
So don't THINK for Goddess' sake!


G7  C              C7      F         Fm6
So when the winds howl way up in the sky
 C         C7       F         Fm6
Listen as she and Skeggi pass by
 C      Am      Dm    
Mother Berta's coming,
 C      Am      Dm    
Mother Berta's coming,
 C      Am     Dm     G7  C
Mother Berta's coming to town!


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   O Solstice Tree
"O Tannenbaum" - traditional


   A7 D             A7 D        D7
1. O Solstice Tree, O Solstice Tree
     Em        A7        D
How lovely are thy branches
A7 D             A7 D        D7
O Solstice Tree, O Solstice Tree
     Em        A7        D
How lovely are thy branches
      B7               Em
The thought of you as Yule draws near
        A7            D
Brings joyful tidings of great cheer
A7 D             A7 B7
O Solstice Tree, O Solstice Tree
   Em         A7      D
To us you are so lovely


   A7  D            A7  D        D7
2. O Solstice Tree, O Solstice Tree
Em         A7      D
Evergreen and fragrant
A7 D            A7  D        D7
O Solstice Tree, O Solstice Tree
Em         A7      D
Evergreen and fragrant
    B7               Em
We bring you in our home to be
   A7              D
A sign of life's eternity.
A7 D             A7 B7
O Solstice Tree, O Solstice Tree
  Em          A7       D
Forever green and lovely.


   A7  D            A7  D        D7
3. O Solstice Tree, O Solstice Tree
    Em            A7       D
We thank you for your blessings
A7  D            A7  D        D7
O Solstice Tree, O Solstice Tree
    Em            A7       D
We thank you for you blessings
      B7               Em
With golden start and twinkling light
      A7              D
You cheer us on this holy night
A7 D             A7 B7
O Solstice Tree, O Solstice Tree
     Em            A7       D
Thou art most fair and lovely.



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OH, COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL!
Words by Ellen Reed
Tune: Adestes Fideles

(starting note: g)

        G           D
1. Oh, come all ye faithful
 G  D    G    C   G     D
Gather round the Yule Fire
     Em   D   A   D      
Oh, come ye, oh, come ye
 G  D    A7  D7
To call the Sun!
 G Am  G Am  G
Fires within us
 D    G   Em Am D
Call the Fire above us

        G     D  G  D  G
CH: O, come, let us invoke Him!
G         D  G  D7 G    D
O, come, let us invoke Him!
G   C     G  D   G D    G C
O, come, let us invoke Him!
 G    D7       G
Our Lord, the Sun!

    G              D
2. Yea, Lord, we greet Thee!
 G   D  G  C   G   D
Born again at Yuletide!
 Em   D    A    D      
Yule fires and candle flames
 G    D  A7      D7
Are lighted for You!
 G   Am  G   Am   G
Come to thy children
 D  G   Em  Am    D
Calling for thy blessing!

        G     D  G  D  G
CH: O, come, let us invoke Him!
G         D  G  D7 G    D
O, come, let us invoke Him!
G   C     G  D   G D    G C
O, come, let us invoke Him!
 G    D7       G
Our Lord, the Sun!


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Oh, Holy Night! Oh Holy Dawn!
Words in 2nd verse by Willowsong
Music by Adolphe Adam


(starting note: e)

    C                   F                    C
1. Oh holy night! The stars shine in their brightness.
   G       Am           G7               C
It is the night of the dear Sun Child's birth.
 C                      F               C C7
Long lay the world in growing cold and darkness
            Em              B7             Em
'Till He appeared, casting light o'er the Earth.
    G7                  C     F      C
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
     G7              C        F       C
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Am          Em        Dm                Am
All nature sings! Oh raise your joyous voices!
   C G7     C F        C        G7      C
Oh night divine! This night the Sun is born!
    G7      C F
Oh night divine!
    C   G7            C
Oh night, Oh night divine!

    C                   F                   C
2. Oh, holy dawn! The clouds are brightly shining.
   G      Am          G7            C
It is the morn of the Sun king's rebirth.
 C                     F               C C7
Long lay the world in barren coldness pining
          Em         B7        Em
Til He appeared to awaken the Earth.
    G7                  C     F      C
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.
     G7              C        F       C
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
 Am              Em          Dm                Am
Gather round the fires! Oh, raise your joyful voices!
   C G7    C F            C G7           C
Oh dawn Divine, when the Sun  King is reborn.
    G7     C F
Oh dawn Divine.
    C   G7          C
Oh dawn, oh dawn Divine


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“Old Pagan Times”
(tune: Auld Lang Syne)
words by Cernowain Greenman
 
     A7   D       Bm     A              D      D7        G
1. Should ancient Pagans be forgot and never brought to mind?
  A7   D              A                  G      Em A   D
Should ancient Pagans be forgot and the days of Pagan times?
 
 
      A7  D         A                    D  D7     G
Ch:   To old Pagan times, my friend, to old Pagan times.
        D             A7                  G  Em A   D
We’ll drink a cup of mead, my friend, to old Pagan times.
 
 
2. Hail Odin, Thor and Loki, too and Vikings who were true
Hail Frey and Freya, Valkyries, and warriors whom we knew. (Ch)
 
 
3. To Zeus and Hera, Apollo, Demeter, Ares, Pan,
Poseidon, Hermes, Artemis, Olympians most grand. (Ch)
 
 
4. Praise Mother Earth and Father Sky, ancestor spirits, too
And totems of fin, wing and paw who always guide us through. (Ch)
 
 
5. Dear Gods of old, we praise your names, our love to you we send
From ancient times to current days, your honor we defend. (Ch)

 

(Feel free to add verses about your own deities and ancient heroes-- C.G.)

 

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Our Lady Greensleeves
Tune: "Greensleeves" 8787 w/refrain
 


(starting note: B)


       Em              D
1. Midwinter moon is shining bright
     C               B7
The yuletide log is burning.
     Em              D
The people gather 'round tonight
     C       B7      Em
The Sabbat wheel is turning.
 G               D       Bm
Joy! Mirth! The Sun's rebirth!
    C             B7
Now as of old we greet Thee.
  G                 D       Bm
Life's ring is the song we sing
     C     B7      Em
Of praises to the Lady.

         Em                D
2. 'Twas at the feast of bright Beltane
     C              B7
When we all were a-Maying,
       Em                    D
Sweet minstrel Queen in Her gown of green
        C     B7      Em
Spring roundelay was playing.
 G               D       Bm
And though now roped in snow
     C             B7
Her wintry garb deceives, for
    G                D        Bm
Bedipped with holly and mistletoe
         C        B7    Em
She is still Our Lady Greensleeves.

        Em             D
3. So drink ye wassail everyone
      C              B7
Good Pagans all made merry
      Em                 D
With wine as red as the reborn Sun,
    C      B7   Em
As red as holly-berry.
  G                D        Bm
Dance, sing, come join the ring,
         C                 B7
As Her Yuletide spell she weaves.
 G              D     Bm
Fair Queen, the evergreen,
       C     B7     Em
Sweet lovely Lady Greensleeves.


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Santa Claus is Pagan, Too!
by Emerald Rose

 

Intro: (sleigh bells) ///  /// /////  (that’s 3x, 3x, 5x)  --at the beginning of each verse.
 
          (A)  D                         G                 D
 Ch:      Oh, Santa Claus is Pagan too, just like all the rest
              G             D                  A
          And if you are a merry witch he`ll bring you all the best
              D                                 G
          So get that star up on the roof, and bake those cookies, too
                 D       G       D                G       A     D
          For Christmas-time is really Yule, and Santa`s Pagan too!

 
         D                             G               D
1. He’s got that Buddha belly and his top`s the Holly King
      D                                    G               A
You dressed him in that British coat, the cap`s a Nordic thing
     D                                      G
You took the horns right off his head and stuck them on his deer
         D          G         D              A             D
But he still flies high like Jupiter with a belly-full of beer!  (Hey!)  (Ch)

 

        D                              G         D
2. Now history says Christ was likely not a Capricorn
    D                G                 A
But if you want to share the Yule, we don`t care when he's born
      D                                               G
Come join the celebration of the Sun King`s bright rebirth
    D        G        D                     A                 D
And if you practice what you preach, we`ll all have peace on Earth! (Ch)

 

         D                                 G                 D
3. Now Santa`s way more jolly than most Christians might require
    D                              G                  A
And if he weren`t so busy he'd be dancing `round the fire
       D                                                   G
Yeah, you can call it Christmas `cause you got us way out-gunned
     D        G         D                   A                D
But just you wait till Beltane, then we`ll see who`s having fun! (woo!) (Ch 2x)

 
 


Our Lady Moon Shines Softly Down
Tune: "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
music by Lewis Redner


(starting note: b)

 G       Bbdim G      F6     Am
Our Lady moon shines softly down
    G          D7     G
To light the Earth below
    G       E7        Dm     Am
As we, her children, gather here
   G        D7           G
Around the Yule fire's glow
    Em       D  Em     B7
We wait for morning's dawning
       Em       G    B7
First light of holy birth
     G    E7        Dm       Am
Our Lady turns the wheel of life
     G     D7       G
Her Son returns to Earth
      Em         D   Em   B7
With joy we'll greet his dawning
  Em        G     B7
A new year has begun
     G          E7         Dm       Am
With increased light comes hope so bright
   G      D7    G
Reborn in ev'ryone


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SHARE THE LIGHT
(Tune: The First Noel)


(starting note: f#)


     A6   A7    D               f#m
CH: Share the light, share the light!
           G                D
Share the light, share the Light!
 G    A  (Bm) f#m (G) A   D A7  D
All paths are one on this holy night!


   A6  A7   D         f#m           G   A7    D
1. On this Winter holiday, let us stop and recall
 A        D Dma7  (G) D G A   D      A7  D
That this season  is holy to one and to all.
A7    D             A    G A  D  Dma7   G   D
Unto some a Son is born, unto us comes the Sun,
 A      Bm       (G)  D G    A    D         A   D
And we know, if they don't, that all paths are one.


   A6 A7  D          f#m              G  A7       D
2. Be it Hanukkah or Yule, Christmas or Solstice night,
 A   D Dma7 (G)  D G  A     D  A7   D
All ce-     le- brate the eternal light.
 A7      D               A   G A   D   Dma7 G    D
Lighted tree or burning log, Or  eight candle flames:
 A   Bm      (G) D G    A D      A7    D
All gods are one god, whatever their names.



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SILENT NIGHT, SOLSTICE NIGHT
words by Ellen Reed
music by Franz Gruber

CAPO iii (starting note: D)

    G
1. Silent night, Solstice Night
 D7           G
All is calm, all is bright
 C                  G
Nature slumbers in forest and glen
 C                     G
Till in Springtime She wakens again
  D7                    G
Sleeping spirits grow strong!
  G        D7           G
Sleeping spirits grow strong!

    G
2. Silent night, Solstice night
 D7           G
Silver moon shining bright
 C                      G
Snowfall blankets the slumbering Earth
 C                      G
Yule fires welcome the Sun's rebirth
 D7                   G
Hark, the Light is reborn!
 G         D7         G
Hark, the Light is reborn!

    G
3. Silent night, Solstice night
 D7          G
Quiet rest till the Light
 C                G
Turning ever the rolling Wheel
  C                   G
Brings the Winter to comfort and heal
 D7                   G
Rest your spirit in peace!
 G         D7        G
Rest your spirit in peace!


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Solstice Day (Fahoo Foraz)
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The 13 Days of Solstice
(Here is the last verse, which will clue you in
on what the rest of the verses are. Enjoy!
–Cern)



capo ii

A7       D                    A7
On the thirteenth day of Solstice,
    D     A7     D
my Coven gave to me:


A7
Thirteen candles burning,
Twelve cauldrons boiling,
Eleven herbs a-drying,
Ten flowers blooming,
Nine shamans drumming,
Eight tantric lessons,
Seven Books of Shadows,
Six Goddess statues,

 D    E7     A7
Five oaken staves!

 D
Four elements,

 G
Three money spells,

 A
Two pentacles

       D    A7           D
And a raven in a birch tree.



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The Animal Solstice Song
(Bee Fish Ewe a Mare Egrets Moose)
Tune: We Wish You a Merry Christmas


     G                 C
Bee fish ewe a mare egrets moose,
     A7                D7
Bee fish ewe a mare egrets moose,
     B7                Em
Bee fish ewe a mare egrets moose,
       C     D7   G
Panda Hippo Gnu Deer!

      G           D       Am             D
Good tidings we bring to fur, fowl and fin

     G                 Em
Bee fish ewe a mare egrets moose,
       C     D7   G
Panda Hippo Gnu Deer!



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"We Wish you a Blessed Solstice"
Traditional English
(starting note: d)

    G                  C
We wish you a Blessed Solstice
    A7                 D7
We wish you a Blessed Solstice
    B7                 Em
We wish you a Blessed Solstice
       C     D7   G
and a Happy New Year.
      G           D      A7            D7
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin;
      G
Good tidings for Solstice
       Am   D7   G
and a Happy New Year.

      G               C
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
      A7              D7
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
      B7             Em
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding
        C     D7    G
and a cup of good cheer.
      G               C
We won't go until we get some;
      A7              D7
We won't go until we get some;
      B7             Em
We won't go until we get some,
        C     D7    G
so bring some out here.

    G                  C
We wish you a Blessed Solstice;
    A7                 D7
We wish you a Blessed Solstice;
    B7                 Em
We wish you a Blessed Solstice
       Am   D7   G
and a Happy New Year.


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What Child Is This, Who Rises Now?
Tune: Greensleeves 8787 w/refrain


(starting note: B)

          Em                D
1. What child is this, who rises now
          C              B7
from His Mother's womb returning
      Em                 D
Her children greet most joyously
     C            B7            Em
the sight of His face's bright burning

     G                 D         Bm
Ch: This, this is the Sun child born
     C                B7
The radiant one, the light returned
 G             D      Bm
Born unto the world again
       C         B7        Em
This child, the promise of summer

        Em              D
2. His growing light returns the warmth
      C                   D
that darkness stole from out the Earth
    Em                   D
To bud the leaves, and blossoms bring
    C           B7        Em
to signal the Spring's rebirth
 
(Ch)


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YE CHILDREN ALL OF MOTHER EARTH
verse 1 by Ellen Reed
verse 2 by Cernowain Greenman
Tune: "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" Carol, Noel CMD


(starting note: D)

        G       C      G  C    G
1. Ye children all of Mother Earth
      Em        A7       D7
join hands and circle around
    G    C        G   C    G
To celebrate the Solstice night
     A7        D7      G
When our lost Lord is found.
   B7                   Em  B7 Em
Rejoice, the year has begun again
     A7                    D7       
The Sun blesses skies up above
     G        C        G  C   G
So share the season together now
   A7    D7      G
In e-verlasting Love!


        G       C      G  C    G
2. Ye Children all of Father Sky
      Em        A7       D7
join hands and sing with me
     G        C       G    C    G
And tell the tale of our young Lord
     A7      D7      G
now born for all to see
   B7                      Em  B7 Em
Rejoice his birth has now come a-gain
      A7                     D7  
like snow falling soft as a dove
     G       C       G  C   G
So dance within his joyful light
   A7   D7       G
In everlasting love!


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Yule Fires
Tune: "Greensleeves"(8787 no refrain)
author of verses unknown
Chorus added by Cernowain Greenman


(starting note: B)

      Em                D
1. In ancient days the folk of old
      C                     B7
When chilled with fright by winter's cold
    Em            D
Did kindle up a great Yule fire
      C             B7            Em
With leaping flames in its great pyre;
 
      Em             D
2. So to entice the waning sun
    C              B7
To rise again and wider run;
     Em              D
It's fiery course across the sky,
    C            B7            Em
To warm them so they would not die.

            G               D       Bm
Chorus:    Yule Fires light up the night!
            G              B7
           Yule Fires give us delight!
            G               D        Bm
           Yule Fires call back the Sun
                C              B7    Em
           and keep our hearts ever burning
   
 
      Em                    D
3. So we, whose minds now sense a chill
   C             B7
Of anger in the "e-vil will",
    Em               D
The human conflict, hate, and strife,
       C        B7        Em
Which hold a menace over life;
 
         Em            D
4. Would kindle up a flame of love
     C              B7
That we within our hearts may move,
    Em                 D
In Yuletide joy, with love embrace
     C         B7            Em
And thus abide in peace and grace.


            G               D       Bm
Chorus:    Yule Fires light up the night!
            G              B7
           Yule Fires give us delight!
            G               D        Bm
           Yule Fires call back the Sun
                C              B7    Em
           and keep our hearts ever burning
   


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Cernowain Greenman is Priest of Iliaster Hearth of Thalia Clan.