One evening as I rambled among the leaves so green
I overheard a young woman converse with Reynardine

Her hair was black, her eyes were blue, her lips as red as wine
And he smiled to gaze upon her did that sly old Reynardine

She said, “Kind sir, be civil, my company forsake
For in my own opinion I fear you are some rake”

“Oh no,” he said, “no rake am I, brought up in Venus train
But I'm seeking for concealment all along the lonesome plain

Your beauty so enticed me I could not pass it by
So it's with my gun I'll guard you along the mountains high

And if by chance you should look for me perhaps you'll not me find
For I'll be in my castle, inquire for Reynardine"

Sun went dark, she followed him, his teeth did brightly shine
And he led her over the mountains did that sly old Reynardine



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    General CommentFirst this song is just hauntingly beautiful. Sandy Denny's voice, though perfect on almost all of their songs, just meshes with these lyrics so well to create one of the best folk songs of all time.

    Anyway as for the meaning the line sly old Reynardine as well as the line "his teeth did brightly shine" which brings to my mind the image of a conniving cheshire cat smile suggests that Reynardine is not a good guy. I think he is kidnapping the girl, but the fact that it is not outrightly stated just intensifies the creepyness.
    SirRaustusBearon January 31, 2008   Link

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