FAE: Faery Tale Lyric

The quarrel of Oberon and Titania, by Joseph Noel Paton

ABOVE: Sir Joseph Noel Paton‘s The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania oil painting

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John Bauer‘s illustration for the Alfred Smedberg tale The Seven Wishes

In honor of the Fae realm and it’s constituents, faery tale lyrics in beautiful song with William Butler Yeats, Freddie Mercury & Robert Browning, Candice Night, Lisa Thiel,  Isabel Leslie (a.k.a. Temple Lane), and Percy French as lyricists:

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William Butler Yeats

The Stolen Child

The Waterboys
Loreena McKennitt

Lyrics William Butler Yeats

Where dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy water rats;
There we’ve hid our faery vats,
Full of berries
And of reddest stolen cherries.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

The Waterboys‘ Version of Yeats’ The Stolen Child
with Tomás Jimmy Mac Eoin

Loreena McKennitt

For more McKennitt: To The Fairies They Drew Near from Disney‘s Tinkerbell


My Fairy King


Freddie Mercury
Henri Fuseli‘s Titania and Bottom


Lyrics Freddie Mercury & Robert Browning

Inspired by Mercury’s fantasy world Rhye and Browning’s The Pied Piper of Hamelin

In the land where horses born with eagle wings
And honey bees have lost their stings
They’re singing forever
Lion’s den with fallow deer
And rivers made from wine so clear
Flow on and on forever
Dragons fly like sparrows through the air
And baby lambs where Samson dares
To go on on on on on


Faerie Queen/Faerie Dance

Blackmore’s Night

Candice Night
Sophie Gengembre Anderson‘s A Portrait of A Fairy


Lyrics Candice Night

Over on the hill
There grows a flower
Growing quicker still
More perfect by the hour
Deep within that flower
Is a tiny chair
All a-fringed with gold
The fairie queen sits there…


I believe in everything until it’s disproved.  So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons.  It all exists, even if it’s in your mind.  Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?
John Lennon

I think that people who can’t believe in fairies aren’t worth knowing.
Tori Amos

Nature spirits belong to a distinct but parallel evolution to our own…here we find the fairies, gnomes, water spirits, pixies, elves, trolls, goblins, and sylphs of mythology.†
David Staume

All Faeries love making music and dancing…
Kevin L. O’Brien Medb hErenn

Faery Song

Lisa Thiel & Ani Williams

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Lisa Thiel
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William Holmes Sullivan‘s Dance of the Little People


Lyrics Lisa Thiel

celebrate the return of life
dance dance in the warm sunlight
all my brothers dance and sing
dance around the faery ring

La la la la la la la la

Dance dance when the moon is bright
dance dance in the pale starlight
all my sisters dance and sing
dance around the faery ring



A Fairy Song

[William] Percy French
John Anster Fitzgerald‘s The Captive Robin

Songwriter Percy French wrote this poem, A Fairy Song:

Stay, silver ray,
Till the airy way we wing
To the shade of the glade
Where the fairies dance and sing:
The mortals are asleep –
They can never understand
That night brings delight,
It is day in Fairyland

Float, golden note,
From the lute strings all in tune,
Climb, quiv’ring chime,
Up the moonbeams to the moon.
There is music on the river,
There is music on the strand,
Night brings delight,
It is day in Fairyland.

Sing while we swing
From the bluebell’s lofty crest.
Hey! Come and play,
Sleepy songbirds in your nest;
The glow-worm lamps are lit,
Come and join our Elfin band,
Night brings delight,
It is day in Fairyland.

Roam thro’ the home
Where the little children sleep,
Light in our flight
Where the curly ringlets peep.
Some shining eyes may see us,
But the babies understand,
Night brings delight,
It is day in Fairyland.


The Fairy Tree

John McCormack

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Count John McCormack

Sir Joseph Noel Paton‘s The Reconciiation of Titania and Oberon


Lyrics Isabel Leslie

[a.k.a. Temple Lane, M./Mary Isabel Leslie, and Jean Herbert; no photo available]

All night around the thorn tree,
The little people play,
And men and women passing
Will turn their heads away.
From break of dawn til moonrise,
Alone it stands on high,
With twisted sprigs for branches,
Across the winter sky.

They’ll tell you dead men hung there,
It’s black and bitter fruit,
To guard the buried treasure
Round which it twines it’s root.
They’ll tell you Cromwell hung them,
But that could never be,
He’d be in dread like others
To touch the Fairy Tree.

But Katie Ryan saw there
In some sweet dream she had,
The Blessed Son of Mary
And all His face was sad.
She dreamt she heard Him saying:
“Why should they be afraid?
Why should they be afraid?
When from a branch of thorn tree
The crown I wore was made?”

From moonrise round the thorn tree
The little people play
And men and women passing
Will turn their heads away.
But if your heart’s a child’s heart
And if your eyes are clean,
You’ll never fear the thorn tree
That grows beyond Clogheen.



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Fairy Day – 24 June Facebook Community Page @fairyday24


† ©2004 Llewellyn Publications’ The Beginner’s Guide for the Recently Deceased: A Comprehensive Travel Guide to the Only Inevitable Destination by David Staume


FAE: Faery Tale Lyric YouTube Playlist

The Waterboys The Stolen Child Blackmore’s Night Faerie Queen
Lisa Thiel Faery Song John McCormack The Fairy Tree
Loreena McKennitt To the Fairies They Drew Near · The Stolen Child
Queen My Fairy King · Seven Seas of Rhye
Percy French‘s A Fairy Song with Fairy Dance Music by Bruce DeBoer
Robert Browning‘s The Pied Piper of Hamelin
1981 Thames ITV Stop-Motion Claymation Short Narrated by Robert Hardy
1957 NBC TV Production Starring Van Johnson
Tchaikovsky‘s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
2017 Warmer in the Winter Violinist Lindsey Stirling
2010 Bolshoi Ballet Prima Ballerina Nina Kaptsova

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