Hymn to Her

I was always a big fan of Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders, but I had never heard Hymn to Her until tonight. An excerpt from it was included in a collection of songs in A Pagan Testament, which is a collection of literary sources of contemporary Paganism I’m reading right now.

I couldn’t turn up any commentary from Chrissie, and the lyrics are rather vague. But some of them are unmistakably Pagan, such as

Keep beckoning to me
From behind that closed door
The maid and the mother
And the crone that’s grown old

and

And she will always carry on
Something is lost
But something is found
They will keep on speaking her name
Some things change
Some stay the same

The music is perfect for the lyrics, and perfectly beautiful. Go listen – here’s the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGcC4Hlas2w

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About John Beckett

I grew up in Tennessee with the woods right outside my back door. Wandering through them gave me a sense of connection to Nature and to a certain Forest God. I’m a Druid graduate of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, the Coordinating Officer of the Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans and a former Vice President of CUUPS Continental. I’ve been writing, speaking, teaching, and leading public rituals for the past eleven years. I live in the Dallas – Fort Worth area and I earn my keep as an engineer.


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