Burning Times

Melody -

1. 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, often stood a woman, equal
With the others respected for her word.
One of the many they call the witches.

2. The healers and the teachers
Of the wisdom of the Earth. And the people grew
In the knowledge she gave them,
Herbs to heal their bodies,
Smells to make their spirits whole.
Hear them chanting healing incantations,
Calling for the wise ones
Celebrating in dance and song.

3. Isis, Astarte, Diane, Hegati,
Dimitra, Kali, Inarna.
  4. There were those who came to power,
Through domination. 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 he commenced the inquisition,
As war against the women
Whose powers they feared.

5. In this holocaust, in this age of evil,
Nine million European women they died.
And a tale is told of those
Who by the hundreds, holding hands together
Chose their deaths in the sea. While chanting
The praises of the Mother Goddess,
Their refusal of betrayal
Women were dying to be free.

6. Isis, Astarte, Diane, Hegati,
Dimitra, Kali, Inarna.

7. Now the Earth is a witch, and we still burn her. Stripping her down
With mining and the poison from our wars.
Still to us the Earth is a healer, a teacher and a mother.
The weaver of a web of light 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!
Isis, Astarte, Diane, Hegati, Dimitra, Kali, Inarna.

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