Down in Yon Forest

by Elly Hadaway

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"Down in Yon Forest" is an old English folk carol dating back to the Renaissance, with its ultimate origins in the mediaeval (and rather non-Christmassy!) Corpus Christi Carol.

It has everything that I love most about Christmas carols in the English folk tradition: a gorgeous tune, emotional intensity, and gloriously vivid (and beautifully weird!) imagery. What more could you want? :-)

lyrics

1. Down in yon forest there stands a hall,
(The bells of Paradise I heard them ring)
It's covered all over with purple and pall.
(And I love my lord Jesus above any thing.)

2. In that hall there stands a bed,
(The bells of Paradise I heard them ring)
It's covered all over with scarlet so red.
(And I love my lord Jesus above any thing.)

3. At the bed-side there lies a stone,
Which the sweet Virgin Mary knelt upon.

4. Under that bed there runs a flood,
The one half runs water and the other runs blood.

5. At the bed's foot there grow a thorn,
Which ever blows blossom since He was born.

6. Over that bed the moon shines bright,
Denoting our Saviour was born on this night.

credits

released December 20, 2015
Words and music: traditional
Arrangement, voice and ukulele: Elly Hadaway
Production and cover art: Somhairle Kelly

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Elly Hadaway Derby, UK

Folk singer, ukulele player and songwriter. Mountain-powered, disabled, queer, Christo-Pagan. :-)

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