NotesThe following creation is a filk song created by Batya Wittenberg, to the tune of "Black Davy's Ride" by Cynthia McQuillen. Batya provides the following commentary on Tam Lin as the inspiration for this piece:
For more of Batya's work, see her Filk page.
This one came out of Current 93's rendition of the Tam Lin ballad, one of the Margaret variants (as opposed to the earlier Janet ones). In this particular version, when Margaret comes upon Tamlin in the woods, he doesn't waste much time arguing with her: "And he took her by the milk-white hand, / And by the grass-green sleeve; / He pulled her down at the foot o' the bush, / He never once asked her leave." And as in most of the versions, when she's carrying his child, he asks her to come and save his life. After hearing that one, I started wondering why she would bother.