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Yeavering Bell


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mrattue

 Genre: Ballad

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North of the Humber Song 10 of 10

The final song of this album concerns a place of ancient holiness well inland in the Cheviot Mountains, near to the town of Wooller, where the royal Anglo-Saxon settlement of Gefrin was established on a site of that goes back at least to Neolithic times. St Paulinus, according to the Venerable Bede writing in the seventh century, converted many of the heathen to Christianity there, and baptised them in the river Glen which still runs close by the site.

The picture is of a carved stone from prehistoric times discovered near to this place, and superimposed on it is the famous rose window in Durham Cathedral.
For me, they have striking similarities on a basic level. They both represent reality as a multi-layered, circular model in which large superficial spaces give way to hidden inner divisions, and then further still, to a small, central place.
In both images, too, straight lines go from the outermost to the innermost layers, as if to say that it is possible to travel directly to the centre, if one can find the way.

For those who have enjoyed the songs from this album, you might like to know that i will be making a few homemade CDs with artwork and info booklet included in the near future for family and friends who still like their music in that format. It is probable i will have one or two left over, and i would like to offer them free of charge if there is an interest from any one on this site. Please let me have a mailing address and i will gladly send a copy when they become available.

Thanks for listening!

Marc
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Lyrics
Yeavering Bell


Take the road west from Seahouses harbour,
Across the north road and keep on,
To the old town of Wooler and rising ground,
Where the old people died and are gone.

Where the mountains look down,
On the old holy ground,
Like before,
Like then,
In the days before men,
When the great winter lay all around,
Oh the past speaks so loud as you

Come to the hills, alone in the silence,
At Gefrin, by Yeavering Bell,
And think of their gods, and humbly recall,
The Goddess that came before all,

Where the mountains look down,
On the old holy ground,
Like before,
Like then,
By the cold river Glen,
When the feasting and singing rang round,

Stand in the field, though nothing is there now,
Of the Royal halls standing so proud,
Nor does the river remember the day,
When the sins of the tribe washed away.

Where the mountains look down,
On the old holy ground,
Like before,
Like then,
When Paulinus went,
And spoke to the tribes gathered round,
Oh, fine were the words that he,

Said on that day, and still we can hear them,
The book and the cross still resound,
The rings within rings, carved in stone long ago,
Still speak of the truth that we know,

Where the mountains look down,
On the old holy ground,
Like before,
Like now,
It’s wonderful how,
The world is with mystery crowned,

The world is with mystery crowned.
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Uploaded: Apr 02, 2011 - 10:42:02 AM
Last Updated: Apr 02, 2011 - 10:42:02 AM Last Played: Jul 14, 2017 - 02:04:58 AM
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Comments
magnatone said 2422 days ago (April 2nd, 2011)
Yeavering Bell
Hi Marc - oh this song just goes straight to my heart! your voice just sounds wonderful, and this sparse, beautiful orchestration behind your excellent guitar is perfect. what a gift - thank you!
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mrattue said 2422 days ago (April 2nd, 2011)
Hi Karen!
Thanks for listening and i'm glad it was emotional for you!

Good news on the mix, too, which seemed to get across all right.

Thanks, as always for your support and encouragement.

Marc
Check out my latest song called Second Wind
neilh79 said 2422 days ago (April 2nd, 2011)
Yeavering Bell
Lovely end to the album Marc. You have done a fine job all the way through, love the recorder interludes. Well done mate
mrattue said 2422 days ago (April 2nd, 2011)
Thank you!
Cheers, Neil, it's nice to know that it didn't end on a downer!

Thanks for listening.

Marc
Check out my latest song called Second Wind
Narad said 2422 days ago (April 2nd, 2011)
Yeavering Bell
Another gem. What a beautiful performance ! Kudos ! :)
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mrattue said 2422 days ago (April 2nd, 2011)
Hi Harald!
Glad it sparkled for you!

Cheers for listening,

Marc
Check out my latest song called Second Wind
dave_b said 2422 days ago (April 2nd, 2011)
Yeavering Bell
Nice picking, and the flute accompaniment fits perfectly. Strong melody and well sung.
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mrattue said 2422 days ago (April 2nd, 2011)
Hi Dave
Thanks for sticking with it! You stand on the mountains now, looking out over the sea! That was Northumbria, i'll have to think about something else to write about.

Cheers for the listen and the comment.

Marc
Check out my latest song called Second Wind
Loob said 2422 days ago (April 2nd, 2011)
Quite the storyteller you are Marc!
You definitely pain pictures with your arrangements and lyrics.... Good on ya man!
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mrattue said 2422 days ago (April 2nd, 2011)
Hi Freddy!
Glad the tale hasn't dragged!

Thanks for listening.

Marc
Check out my latest song called Second Wind
RAVENS said 2422 days ago (April 2nd, 2011)
Wonderful
What great lyrics, and your voice sounds lovely, as always. I look forward to listening to your songs, great stuff!

RAVEN ;-)
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mrattue said 2421 days ago (April 3rd, 2011)
Hi Dani!
Always great to hear your comments!

Thanks for stopping by once again and i am glad that it wasn't a wasted trip!

Take care

marc
Check out my latest song called Second Wind
Moses said 2421 days ago (April 3rd, 2011)
yeavering bell
Love the instrumentation in this, many beautiful moments. There is one deep synthy bell pad that I thought sounded a little out of place with the rest of the instruments, but maybe you used that for artistic/lyrical reasons. Regardless, this is well done, vocals, spread. Much enjoyed.
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mrattue said 2420 days ago (April 4th, 2011)
Thank you!
Glad it had its moments!

The deep synthy sound is associated with the mountains, and is intended to convey something of the enduring power of their presence through the ages.

Glad you liked it and thanks for listening!

Marc
Check out my latest song called Second Wind
grahame1956 said 2420 days ago (April 4th, 2011)
Yeavering Bell
Hi Marc, I am in awe of your knowledge of the history of our isles and the way that you translate that into song. It is as if the spirits of the land speak through you. I can hear the earth in your voice and like the guitar work too. Good work, Grahame
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mrattue said 2420 days ago (April 4th, 2011)
Wow
Thank you, Grahame, that's got to be one of the most encouraging reviews i've ever had!

i suppose it is the whole point of historical songs, to convey something of the way things were, and more importantly, the way they often still are, i think!

Thanks for listening and leaving such a great comment!

Marc
Check out my latest song called Second Wind
PeterB7858 said 2420 days ago (April 4th, 2011)
Assured...
Hi Marc. No. 10 out of 10! Thanks for taking us on a journey back in time in your song cycle. You have grown more assured as the stories have unfolded and your vocals, guitar work and instrumentation have all developed tremendously. Great song to finish up with. Enjoyed them all immensely. Warm regards, Peter.
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mrattue said 2419 days ago (April 5th, 2011)
Hi Peter!
Thanks for the listen and the great comment!

Been good fun getting them all together and it is nice to hear that you feel i've improved as the cycle has played out.

Cheers for listening to all ten of them!

Marc
Check out my latest song called Second Wind
DWL said 2419 days ago (April 5th, 2011)
Masterful storytelling
A very fine collection you've created.

Simple and direct storytelling that is very effective. You have a gift for communication Marc.

Cheers

Dick


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mrattue said 2418 days ago (April 6th, 2011)
Hi Dick!
Thanks for listening and i'm really glad that you found the songs worthwhile.

Makes such a difference to know that people get something out of it.

Cheers now


Marc
Check out my latest song called Second Wind
CounterHarmony said 2413 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Great track
I enjoyed the instrumental about 1:30 in. The entire song is well structured...has a even flow to it.

Man, the way you put these songs out with such quality consistency is amazing to me. I'm always looking forward to your next track.
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mrattue said 2413 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Thank You!
It's great to know that my stuff is going down so well!

I'm amazed that i can come out with a song that holds together at all!

Thanks so much for listening and leaving such a positive review!


Marc
Check out my latest song called Second Wind
Jarvoid said 2365 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
Very gentle
and yet atmospheric and historicVery enjoyable and welcome respite from my frenetic fare !Again it fits in with Eofric and environs round here too as much of this area was daneland and then anglo-saxon and then sometimes both at the same time !!

Nice piece .

Chris
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mrattue said 2365 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
Thank you!
It is so powerful when a song about the past summons something of days gone by, i find, and i am really pleased if this humble offering of mine conveyed something of this for you.

Thanks so much for listening and leaving a comment. Gold dust to a reclusive muddler like me!

Cheers now


Marc


Check out my latest song called Second Wind
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Name: Marc Rattue
Location: Warminster United Kingdom
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Forty something (just!), reclusive, seafaring latecomer, up until a year or so ago a writer of poetry, but more recently moved into music, having found that the production of songs was possible with a minimum of talent with the aid of modern technolo... [see more]

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