Heigh ho
Who is there?
No one but me, my dear
Please come
Say how do
The things I'll give to you
A stroke as gentle as a feather
I'll catch a rainbow from the sky
And tie the ends together

Heigh ho
I am here
Am I not young and fair?
Please come
Say how do
The things I'll show to you
Would you have a wondrous sight?
Mmm, the midday sun at midnight

Fair maid
White and red
Comb you smooth and stroke your hair

How a maid can milk a bull
And every stroke a bucketful

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    General Commentoriginal. rest are covers.
    based loosely on the 16th century poem by George Peele.

    created for the '73 film called The Wicker Man.
    this song is sometimes called Wicker Man Song because it is the most popular of the movie's track listing
    othatzsokewlon September 26, 2010   Link
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    General Commentokay so
    the scene they chose for this song was beautiful. I'm too lazy to phrase it myself so I'll quote other people:
    "She wasn't exactly trying to seduce him, she was testing his chastity and his basic goodness USING seduction.
    Trying his faith, was a way to insure they had a sacrifice that was acceptable. It also offered another chance for the victim to escape his fate. So in the end. his righteousness is confirmed by this testing, making him an acceptable sacrifice."

    and someone else, I can't find their quote, but they said with this in mind and the beauty and femininity and purity of the song, it makes the meaning of this scene a bit horrid. something so beautiful to test whether or not he'd make a good sacrifice..
    othatzsokewlon December 29, 2010   Link
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    General Commentoh and it's based VERY loosely on an old folk song, I don't know about any poem, and no idea who it's by.. but the verse about a maid milking a bull is taken from the old folk song called "Martin Said to His Man" or "Fie Man Fie", which is supposed to be a drinking song. that's the only part that's borrowed.
    It goes like: "I saw a maid milk a bull, fie, man, fie
    I saw a maid milk a bull, who's the fool now?
    I saw a maid milk a bull, at every pull a bucketful
    Thou hast well drunken, man, who's the fool now?"
    othatzsokewlon March 26, 2011   Link
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    General Commentoooh i found the George Peele poem:

    Fair maiden white and red,
    Comb me smooth, and stroke my head:
    And thou shalt have some cockle bread.
    Gently dip, but not too deep,
    For fear thou make the golden beard to weep.

    Fair maid, white and red,
    Comb me smooth, and stroke my head;
    And every hair, a sheaf shall be,
    And every sheaf a golden tree.
    othatzsokewlon April 05, 2011   Link

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