All Things Green Man & The Traditional Jack-in-the-Green

Archive for Nov, 2010

e-newsletter Number 3

Greetings to all members of The Company of the Green Man.

It seems that winter is finally upon us, but to brighten up those cold evenings in front of a flickering laptop I bring you glad tidings. The latest e-newsletter of The Company of the Green Man is available for download via the members section of this blog. Just click on members area tab at the top  right of this page and enter the password that came in your recent e-mail. If you have any problems please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at: greenman@virgin.net

Cloudstreet

Cloudstreet is the Australian duo of Nicole Murray and John Thompson.  They play Australian, English and Irish traditional music, with original songs and tunes written in a traditional style thrown in.  Their music focusses strongly on the human voice, with tight two-part harmony being their trademark.

Cloudstreet have recorded The Green Man and made it available as a free download via the free stuff page on their website at:

http://www.cloudstreet.org/

 

The Green Man

The Green Man’s a traveller, a reveller, unraveller
Of dreams and of fancies, from first to the last.
Older than all men, living in all things
Son, father and sage,
Long live the Green Man!

 
First light of first morning saw the Green Man there waiting
He saw the creation and joined in the dance
All creatures grew ’round him, he grew with them singing
The first song of all, sing of the Green Man

 
Quietly watching and waiting and learning
The storms are his fury, the lightning his laugh
The first leaf of spring, his beauty and glory
His stillness his power, in the trees is his path.

 
There are fewer trees now, but the man is not sleeping
‘Though our ruin brings sorrow to time’s oldest heart
In our souls we may find him and remember his wisdom
And rekindle the flame; once again make a start.

 

© John Thompson

 

 


Greenmantle Returns

Paul Pearson has just re-launched the wonderful “Greenmantle” magazine that many will fondly remember from the 90’s. The Samhain edition features some excellent articles by some fascinating contributors including Ralph Harvey, Kelvin Jones and Graham King. There’s also a short introduction to The Company of the Green man set off with a wonderful Green Man picture by artist Tricia Gill.
Details of how to buy a copy can be found on Greenmantle’s facebook site at:
Picture copyright © Greenmantle

Jack in the Green

Had to re-produce this at some point as I’m aware that there are some generations out there who sadly may not have heard of Jethro Tull (I can proudly say I once saw them play live, I was of course very young!)

These are the lyrics to their wonderful Jack in the Green, from the album Songs from the Wood. If you would like to hear how it sounds there’s a link to it on our You Tube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/cotgm

Jack in the Green

Have you seen Jack-In-The-Green?
With his long tail hanging down.
He quietly sits under every tree
in the folds of his velvet gown.

He drinks from the empty acorn cup
the dew that dawn sweetly bestows.
And taps his cane upon the ground
signals the snowdrops it’s time to grow.

It’s no fun being Jack-In-The-Green
no place to dance, no time for song.
He wears the colours of the summer soldier
carries the green flag all the winter long.

Jack, do you never sleep
does the green still run deep in your heart?
Or will these changing times,
motorways, powerlines,
keep us apart?
Well, I don’t think so
I saw some grass growing through the pavements today.

The rowan, the oak and the holly tree
are the charges left for you to groom.
Each blade of grass whispers Jack-In-The-Green.
Oh Jack, please help me through my winter’s night.
And we are the berries on the holly tree.
Oh, the mistlethrush is coming.
Jack, put out the light.