Juniper & the Wolf
Juniper & the Wolf
SONG: Katy Cruel (or Katie Cruel)
DATE: July 25th, 2018
This comes from a traditional song (Roud 1645, among others), or perhaps--lyrically--was pieced together from many songs & set to a traditional tune ("I know Where I'm Going). Earlier versions of the song, entitled the "Lichtbob's Lassie" (England: Lincolnshire: Grimsby) or the "Leaboy's Lassie" (Scotland), were apparently not originally as popular or passed around in the folk traditions, but during various (recent) folk revival movements, the song gained a lot of popularity in America (especially the version set down by Karen Dalton) & has taken on a new life (REF: https://mainlynorfolk.info/folk/songs/katycruel.html).
I stumbled across Linda Thompson's version of the song back in 2009 & fell instantly in love with it. In each version, in the story--it is easy to hear the main character's words as a lamentation. Whether she is a whore, a woman of the world, a follower of soldier's or shepherd's or simply a woman who goes against what the world (and the world of men) have set before her, her life is not an easy one. "Oh, that I was where I would be--then I would be where I am not. Here I am, where I must be--where I would be, I cannot." And yet...she is determined to live a life of her own making. I loved this song because, even in the first line (sung above), while there is a bitterness to it, I believe there is also a smile. She sees people for who & what they are; she understands what they want from her, but she is no man, nor no society's creature to shape: "I'll dye my petticoats red & face them with yellow," (dress that signified a fallen woman), "I'll tell all of the boys, my own heart I will follow!"
Here's to women who forge their paths in this world, come what may...
Gabriella Borsay; an incredible woman who forges her own path, come what may. A teacher, a friend to all, but a woman who knows her own heart & is not easily trifled with. Thank you for existing. Thank you for supporting my projects. Thank you for your wisdom, kindness, compassion & inspiring me, every day.
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Genevieve (aka Juniper & the Wolf) is wrapping up the creation of her first album, but in order to finish, recording costs must first be covered...slowly, slowly. All the tracks have been recorded & now we are in the editing stages--what seems like a never-ending (albeit fascinating & fun) process. In the meantime, keep an ear out for more musical endeavors on the horizon (for example, check out Genevieve's Song of the Week!
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