Song Info...
An experimental variation on...
"The Enchantment / Reynardine"
Words & Music- Sheila Chandra / Traditional
Arrangement- Brian Buller

Recording info: Homemade demo of sorts; recorded and edited amid the business of everyday life.

Lyrics:
Sun and dark, sun and dark
Sun and dark she followed him

Sun and dark, sun and dark
Sun and dark she followed him

He said my fair maid
I'm glad to meet you here
For it's on this lonely mountain
Your beauty, your beauty shines

And if perchance you ask for me
Perhaps you'll not me find
But I'll be in my rain castle
All on the mountains high

He said my fair maid
I'm glad to meet you
But I'll be in my rain castle
Your beauty, Your beauty shines so clear

Sun and dark, sun and dark
Sun and dark she followed him

Sun and dark, sun and dark
Sun and dark she followed him
Over the mountains high

Sun and dark, she followed him
For his eyes so bright did shine

Sun and dark, she followed him
Over the mountains high

Sun and dark, she followed him
For his eyes so bright did shine

And he led her over the mountains

He said my fair maid
I'm glad to meet you
For it's on this lonely mountain
Your beauty, Your beauty shines
Your beauty shines so clear

And if perchance you'll ask for me
You will not me find
You will never me find
And she followed him
For his eyes so bright did shine

And she followed him
Over the mountains
Beyond this mortal life

Commentary:
I was introduced to this song through Sheila Chandra's 1992 album
"Weaving My Ancestors' Voices." Album info can be found here: http://realworldrecords.com/release/5...

Sheila Chandra's singing has had a major influence on my musical life and she has been a continual source of inspiration.

As with so many folks songs - whether traditional, original, ancient, contemporary or a combo of all the above - this song has many associations, interpretations, and guestimations.

The title "Reynardine," is associated with various folk songs from Europe, the British Isles and beyond; which in turn are associated with various songs entitled "Over The Mountains." Additionally, the name Reynardine is just one of a multitude of spellings which are all interwoven with a plethora of stories involving foxes, anthropomorphic fox manifestations, and werefoxes; plenty to research and explore.

To make things even a little more interesting, Sheila Chandra's rendition alters (quite wonderfully in my opinion) the usual melodies and structures typical of this traditional song. She has also given her hybridized version the title of "The Enchantment."

Like my humble rendition here, Chandra's immaculate version combines a lot of different influences. Sheila Chandra's live version can be found here: http://youtu.be/fLBNMbV5vjI
And in the original album form here: http://youtu.be/8zQoyOD7rY8

This song is intriguing to me on many levels, and I plan to keep working with it with the hope of doing a 'bigger' studio version someday.

Thank you for listening & reading. :)