Jul 11, 2012

Wednesday Women- Sandy Denny

Sandy Denny was considered the "pre-eminent British Folk Rock singer", a founder of the movement & one of the most important singer/ songwriting women during the 60's... She was a member of the folk group Fairpoint Convention & eventually started her own group, Fotheringay, which included her future husband Trevor Lucas.....


She has remained the only guest singer ever to perform with Led Zepellin....


       Singing a duet with Robert Plant on the song
" The Battle of Evermore" ....on their fourth album...



It is this song that was the inspiration for the Hubby's shrine....we found out about this talented lady while researching the song...


Her career lasted only 13 years & like many singers of our generation she battled the demons of addictions particularly alcoholism...she died at the age of 31 after falling down some stairs, was found in a coma from which she never recovered...it was also thought she may have had a brain injury from a previous fall at her parents home. She left behind her husband & only daughter, Georgia...


Her most well known song was "Who Knows Where The Time Goes"....




Her extensive history within the British Folk Music scene is one that really needs to be read at the following links...I just can't do her justice...she has such a beautiful voice & amazing talent amid such tragedy that I highly recommend reading about her... 


Sandy Denny


Sandy Denny: Mercurial Queen Of British Folk Rock


http://sandydenny.blogspot.com/


As for the song "The Battle of Evermore"...think Scottish history & Lord of the Rings...It was this that inspired Robert Plant & Jimmy Page to write it while Page wrote the cords on John Paul Jones mandolin, which Page had never played before, 


“Queen of Light took her bow, And then she turned to go,
The Prince of Peace embraced the gloom, And walked the night alone.
Oh, dance in the dark of night, Sing to the morning light.
The dark Lord rides in force tonight, And time will tell us all.
Oh, throw down your plow and hoe, Rest not to lock your homes.
Side by side we wait the might of the darkest of them all.
I hear the horses’ thunder down in the valley bElow,
I’m waiting for the angels of Avalon, waiting for the eastern glow.
The apples of the valley hold, The seeds of happiness,
The ground is rich from tender care, Repay, do not forget, no, no.
Dance in the dark of night, sing to the morning light.
The apples turn to brown and black, The tyrant’s face is red.
Oh war is the common cry, Pick up your swords and fly.
The sky is filled with good and bad that mortals never know.
Oh, well, the night is long the beads of time pass slow,
Tired eyes on the sunrise, waiting for the eastern glow.
The pain of war cannot exceed the woe of aftermath,
The drums will shake the castle wall, the ring wraiths ride in black, Ride on.
Sing as you raise your bow, shoot straighter than before.
No comfort has the fire at night that lights the face so cold.
Oh dance in the dark of night, Sing to the morning light.
The magic runes are writ in gold to bring the balance back. Bring it back.
At last the sun is shining, The clouds of blue roll by,
With flames from the dragon of darkness, the sunlight blinds his eyes.”
Led Zeppelin - Battle of Evermore



So I think this was a great song to inspire the hubby for his creation...& the history behind the song which led to this amazing woman was a bonus......

Hope you enjoyed this...

5 comments:

the wild magnolia said...

this post is "some kinda wonderful" for me. quite the discovery and splendid of you to share. you have gone back in time, and brought us a treasure.

i listed to her song of time. beautiful haunting sound, even then.

i had heard of led zeppelin, of course, but not this song. i have been a very late bloomer to this kind of music. but it is wonderful to receive such gifts.

thank you for taking time to share the beauty you find. and...so wonderful for your hubby building a shrine.

turquoisemoon said...

You know, there were so many great songs, you almost forget. I don't bother listening to the oldies, much, lately...they play the same ole, same ole...and there was so much more. Always look forward to Wednesday...

☮Bohemian Mamaw☮ said...

thank you for the education today. i'd never heard of her and she does indeed have a lovely voice. i think the reason that so many artists of various mediums are "stricken" with addictions and darkness is that they are such sensitive and empathetic people in general, and the world is often so cold. they just want to share love and share of themselves and receive in return so much rejection and criticism. the world can be hard to cope with for a sensitive creative person.

A Wild Thing said...

This totally gave me goosebumps.So fascinating and to me it rings true of what is happening in our world today, why is it always such a battle between good and evil, why can't we live in peace and harmony...I believe it's coming, the revolution of like minds against the evil.

Those were such amazing times we grew up in...I see it all coming 'round again!

Wonderful post girl! I gotta listen to the Led Zepp song again...far out!

Linda said...

Glad you enjoyed this....This is one of my favorite posts to do! :)

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