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Sat Jun 8, 2019, 11:15 PM

Dark Isle Bagpiper: Flowers of the Forest


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Reply Dark Isle Bagpiper: Flowers of the Forest (Original post)
Xipe Totec Jun 2019 OP
Hekate Jun 2019 #1
paleotn Jun 2019 #7
mindem Jun 2019 #2
justhanginon Jun 2019 #3
Mendocino Jun 2019 #4
yonder Jun 2019 #5
cp Jun 2019 #6
Doreen Jun 2019 #8
GeoWilliam750 Jun 2019 #9
panfluteman Jun 2019 #10
rwsanders Jun 2019 #11

Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 12:25 AM

1. Stunning, Xipe. Had not heard it before...

There's a refrain in "Wllie MacBride" who died in 1916, buried in France:

Did they beat the drums slowly, did they sound the fife lowly
Did the rifles fire o'er you as they lowered you down
Did the bugles play the Last Post and Chorus
Did the pipes play The Flowers of the Forest?


Thank you for letting me complete the song.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 08:55 PM

7. Good song.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 07:54 AM

2. I have always liked this one

a song with the reference to Flowers of The Forest

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 09:12 AM

3. Beautiful! Much appreciated on this sunday morning, thanks for posting.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 11:48 AM

4. Eric Bogle

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 01:49 PM

5. Thanks. My two cents:

It's fifty long springtimes since she was a bride,
But still you may see her at each Whitsuntide
In a dress of white linen with ribbons of green,
As green as her memories of loving.

The feet that were nimble tread carefully now,
As gentle a measure as age will allow,
Through groves of white blossoms, by fields of young corn,
Where once she was pledged to her true-love.

The fields they stand empty, the hedges grow free
No young men to turn them or pastures go seed
They are gone where the forest of oak trees before
Have gone, to be wasted in battle.

Down from the green farmlands and from their loved ones
Marched husbands and brothers and fathers and sons.
There's a fine roll of honor where the Maypole once stood,
And the ladies go dancing at Whitsun.

There's a straight row of houses in these latter days
All covering the downs where the sheep used to graze.
There's a field of red poppies, a gift from the Queen
But the ladies remember at Whitsun,
And the ladies go dancing at Whitsun.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Sun Jun 9, 2019, 07:28 PM

6. Thank you, all who posted

The Green Fields of France has long been one of my favorite songs, and one of the best lamentations of the damage of war. I'd never heard Flowers of the Forest before, so this is especially moving. A haunting, piercing, righteous song of grief and love.
Thank you!

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 03:10 AM

8. I love this song.

My favorite version is the High Kings but no matter who sings or just plays it it is a beautiful song. There are four songs that I could listen to over and over and never get tired of them and this is one of them.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 08:51 AM

9. Beautiful

And on a sunny day in the Highlands, no less

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 02:08 PM

10. Like Enya Playing the Bagpipes!

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 12:23 AM

11. Great piece... Had a bagpipe moment over the weekend. Not my best, most tolerant moment.


Went like this...
I keep a small sailboat on an inland lake. I drive 2 hours to get there. So life in the burbs is noisy. I'd like to wind down, but there are a few locals who didn't get enough attention as an infant that have to cruise through with loud pickups, loud Harleys, or loud boats.
Well been working on launching preps for a few weeks and this powerboat with loud pipes will always sit and idle, for a LONG time. I swore next time I'd have a surprise. So as he sat at the ramp idling again, He was greeted with bagpipes as loud as I could crank them. Shouldn't be proud, but I did get his attention.

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