Songs from the Tape "Songs Of The Sacred Wheel"

by Earth Dance
http://www.ladyslipper.org/

This is a cassette of chants and short songs for song circles. The production quality varies from song to song, but this is one of the greatest learning recordings I have found. The music is mostly arranged in a very straightforward way. Most groups of people, sitting around a fire, with ordinary singing skills, should be able to quickly pick up most of these songs.

Sometimes both songbooks and the recorded song all use somewhat different lyrics, so in all cases, the lyrics are "as sung" so this can be used as a reference to sing along with the tape while learning the song.

There is a wide range of styles, content, and arrangements, and most everybody should find something to their liking. Some songs are very short, and sung only once, but that is how they got 50 of them on a singe tape. Here are my favorites.

 

Side 1, counter set to 0.00
Circle Begins... Songs of the East, South, & West

Circle Of Light, starts at 7:25

by Teresa Rousseau
Songs for Earthlings page 308

We are creating a circle of light. We are creating a circle of light.
We are creating a circle of light. (This line sung in the time it takes to sing both lines above.)

Earth My Body, starts 9:80

Circle of Song page 59
Songs for Earthlings page 116

Earth my body, Water my blood, Air my breath, And fire my spirit.

The River Is Flowing, starts13:26

by Diana Hildebrand-Hull
Circle of Song page 34
Songs for Earthlings page 34

The river she is flowing, flowing and growing,
The river she is flowing, down to the sea.
Mother, carry me, a child I will always be,
Mother, carry me, down to the sea.

(Alternate verse, author unknown)
The Moon she is changing, waxing and waning,
The Moon she is changing, high above me.
Sister Moon, challenge me, a child I will always be,
Sister Moon, wait for me, until I am free.

Raindrops Falling, starts 14:79

By Alicia Bonnet

Raindrops falling all a round, falling through me to the ground.
Washing cleansing my very soul, taking me to the spirits of old.

Child of the Universe, starts 17:45

(usually named "I Will Be Gentle With Myself") I will be gentle with myself, I will love myself,
I am a child of the universe, we are one together.

Mother I Feel You, starts 25:56

Written by Windsong Dianne Martin (Windsong)
Circle of Song page 69
Songs for Earthlings page 26
(since Windsong sings it on "Circle of Women" probably those are the original lyrics, not these)

Mother I feel you under my feet,
Mother I feel your heartbeat

Hey-ya hey-ya hey-ya hey-ya hey-ya hey-ya ho
Hey-ya hey-ya hey-ya hey-ya heyyy-a ho
Hey-ya hey-ya hey-ya hey-ya hey-ya hey-ya ho
Hey ya hey yaa heyy ya hey ho

Sister I feel you in the riverbed
Eternal waters flowing on and on

Hey-ya...

Brother I see you on the eagle's wing
Eternal fire gonna take us higher

Hey-ya...

Air Moves Us, starts 28:19

by Cathleen Shell, Cybele, Moonsea and Prune, 1987
Circle of Song page 55

Air moves us, Fire transforms us, Water shapes us, Earth heals us
And the circle of the wheel goes round and round
And the circle of the wheel goes round.

Purify and Heal Us, starts 28:89

Original version by Adele Getty
Modified version by Margit Pataki
Circle of Song page 195

Oh purify and heal us, oh heal us and free us.

 

Side 2, counter set to 0.00
Circle Continues... Songs of the North & Center

Buffalo Woman, Starts 7:78

By Brooke Medicine Eagle

Buffalo Woman is calling, will you answer her?
Buffalo Woman is calling, will you answer her?

She's calling life, she's calling peace, she's calling spirits, she's calling you.
Buffalo Woman is calling, I will answer her.
Buffalo Woman is calling, I will answer her.

We're calling life, we're calling peace, we're calling spirits, we're calling you.
Buffalo woman is calling, we will answer her.
Buffalo woman is calling, we will answer her.

Spirit of the Wind, starts 8:70

By Star Willliams
Circle of Song page 57
Songs for Earthlings page 29

Spirit of the Wind, carry me; Spirit of the Wind, carry me home;
Spirit of the Wind, carry me home to myself.

(verses)
Spirit of the Ocean, depths of emotion
Sprit of the Sea, set my soul free

Spirit of the Storm, help me be reborn
Spirit of the Rain, wash away the pain

Spirit of the Sun, warm light healing me
Spirit of the Sky, spread my wings and fly

Spirit of the River, blessed forgiver
Spirit of the Land, hold me in your hand

Solstice Song, starts 10:68

By Anne Bearheart
Songs for Earthlings page 164

Deep, deep, deep into the heart of the Winter.
Deep, deep, deep into the womb of the Mother.
Deep, deep, deep where there is no other song but the song of my sole.

Light Is Returning, starts 14:72

by Charlie Murphy, 1984
Circle of Song page 48
Songs for Earthlings page 167

Light is returning
Even though this is the darkest hour
No one can hold back the dawn

Let's keep it burning
Let's keep the flame of hope alive
Make safe our journey through the storm

One planet is turning
Circle on her path around the Sun
Earth Mother is calling her children home

Spiraling Into the Center, starts 15:56

By Lorna Kohler
Circle of Song page 111
Songs for Earthlings page 251

Spiraling into the center, the center of the wheel.
Spiraling into the center, the center of the wheel.
We are the weavers, we are the woven ones, we are the dreamers, we are the dream.
We are the weavers, we are the woven ones, we are the dreamers, we are the dream.

We All Come From the Goddess, starts 19:43

By Z Budapest 1971
Circle of Song page 131
Songs for Earthlings page 296

We all come from the Goddess, and to her we shall return;
Like a drop of rain, flowing to the ocean.

Changing Woman/She Changes Everything She Touches, starts 21:33

Changing Woman (only a few lines were taken from different verses and rearranged)
By Adele Getty
Circle of Song page 109

She Changes Everything She Touches
By Starhawk
Circle of Song page 107

There is a woman she weaves the night sky.
See how she weaves, she her fingers fly.
She is the needle and we are the thread.
She is the weaver, and we are the web.

She changes everything she touches, and everything she touches changes.
She changes everything she touches, and everything she touches changes.

There is a woman she weaves the night sky.
See how she weaves, she her fingers fly.
She weaves within us, beginning to end
Our grandmother, sister and friend.

She changes everything she touches, and everything she touches changes.
She changes everything she touches, and everything she touches changes.

May The Circle Be Open, starts 24:95


Circle of Song page 260 as "Celtic Goddess Blessing"

May the circle be open, but broken.
May the love of the Goddess, be ever in your heart.
Merry meet, and merry part, and merry meet again.

 



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