The Hivemind Choir - The Keeper's Lament

from SONGHIVE (Online Edition) by Various Artists

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We sing you of our master
As wise as he was old
All family happenings
To his bees he told.
But now he's a-bounden
Bounden by the cold
Our mistress mourning
His death knell told.
​She must to the garden
The high queen to implore
As it is written
All among the beelore
So dress the hives in black
As in the days of yore
Then as we mun singen:
Keep once more
Fly not hence and keep once more...

​Now knock upon the hives
As we march along the way
Set them on the coffin
On his funeral day
Our master has retired
To rest under the clay
But with an offering
His bees may stay
We'll raise our voices now
Our high hymns to intone
Joined in our keening
By fierce apiaran drone
So dress the hives in black
As in the days of yore
Then as we mun singen:
Keep once more
Fly not hence and keep once more...

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from SONGHIVE (Online Edition), released March 29, 2020
Words by R. Piggott, Music by B. Ord

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Rowan Piggott Sheffield, UK

Rowan is a fiddle-singer, writer and tunesmith who grew up in the foothills of the Burren on the west coast of Ireland, surrounded by traditional music. The author of two successful tunebooks, he has also written articles for The Living Tradition magazine and led fiddle workshops at festivals all over the country. In 2016, he won the Future of Young Folk Award at Bromyard Folk Festival. ... more

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