Today’s Earworm – The Burning Times

You know how some days a song just sticks in your brain? I blame this on my buddy Scott. We played this song after class on Tuesday and it’s made it’s way back into the forefront of my mind.
The song was written by Charlie Murphy. This version is Rumors of the Big Wave.

In the cool of the evening, they used to gather
‘Neath the stars in the meadow circling an old oak tree
At the times appointed by the seasons
Of the earth and the phases of the moon

In the center, stood a woman
Equal with the others and respected for her worth
One of the many we call the witches
The healers and the teachers of the wisdom of the earth

And the people grew through the knowledge she gave them
Herbs to heal their bodies, spells to make their spirits whole
Can’t you hear them chanting healing incantations
Calling forth the wise ones, celebrating in dance and song

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Innana

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Innana

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Innana

There were those who came to power, through domination
And they were bonded in their worship of a dead man on a cross
They sought control of the common people
By demanding allegiance to the church of Rome

And the Pope declared an inquisition
It was a war against the women, whose power they feared
In the holocaust against the nature people
Nine million European women died

And the tale is told of those, who by the hundreds
Holding together chose their death in the sea
While chanting the praises of the Mother Goddess
A refusal of betrayal, women were dying to be free

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Innana

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Innana

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Innana

Now the Earth is a witch, and the men still burn her
Stripping her down with mining, and the poisons of their wars
Still to us the Earth is a healer, a teacher, a mother
The weaver of a web of life that keeps us all alive

She gives us the vision to see through the chaos
She gives us the courage, it is our will to survive

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