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Gordon Bok - Seal Djiril's Hymn

O-E-Dallay
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A haunting and mysterious cante-fable (a poetic narrative, interspersed with songs) of the seals fills the first side of this cassette. Side two offers a lovely selection of songs, most of them sung in duet arrangements with Ann Mayo Muir.



Two kinds of song are important to me: one is a tool to understand the world, one is the world itself.

If a song is complex, Annie will he the clearest path to the heart of it; if the song is only the winter wind, you will hear it in her voice.

She is so grateful for the gift of life, so happy for the gift of song, that she brings a great insight and wonder to each of them, and songs such as these are always more real for her having loved them.

A NOTE ABOUT F0LK-LEGACY -

Should this album sound a bit different from other Folk-Legacy albums, it is because we felt that the music required a slightly different way of recording.

While Sandy Paton is a perfectionist, he is also, more deeply, a musician, and many times we felt that he understood this music more than we did. I feel that it would have been impossible to do this album with anyone else.

Gordon Bok Camden, Maine October 25, 1972

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the written words in this booklet will differ from the eung or spoken words, probably. What I have written down is the proper way it should go.
G.B.





First came water, then land, then living.
Living was green, and alone.

And Sila came, and gave them to each other,
And then came joy among them,

Now, in the dying of that year,
And in the sun's alow leaving,
Slowly did Sila go again.

And where there was living, there was not Sila,
And where there was waking, Sila was gone,
And they were sad and lonely, sad and young.

- the first telling.


They say the seals come up, you know, and they do: come out of the water and become a man, the grey seals.

And they say if you can catch one, you'll never find a better man to you, for he'II take the money-hunger from you, and the fear of dying from you, and give you peace.

There was a woman who felt in love with a seal, and his calling was O-E-Dallay. But she couldn’t hold him, she couldn't keep him, and he went away from her, and went back to the sea.

----- the Telling of O-E-Dallay

O-E-Dallay

Lathan mo run
O-E-Dallay, lathan.
Wind west and tide westing:
O-E-Dallay, lathan.
Lo Lathan, mo run.

Down on the wave
O-E-Dallay, lathan.
Wind west and tide westing:
Came he by day, singing
Lo lathan* mo run.

I gave to him
All in my heart's keeping,
He gave to me, laughing,
Sea shells and sea's yearning.
Lo lathan, mo run.

I gave to him
All in my heart's morning.
He gave to me, weeping,
A baby died borning.
Lo lathan, mo run.

October wind
O-E-Dallay, lathan.
Wind west and tide westing:
And I go down, running,
Lo lathan, mo run.

There was no one there
O-E-Dallay, lathan.
Only the seal crying,
O-E-Dallay, lathan.
Lo lathan, mo run.

There was no one
O-E-Dallay, lathan.
Only the seal crying,
O-E-Dallay, lathan.
Lo lathan, mo run.

    
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