Here we have a wonderful piece of story telling. This is another of the middle
songs on the album. One of the very early songs. Like
Under the Sky
it was written in the late sixties and possesses a strong fairy tale quality.
And just as
Under the Sky
seems to have been inspired or influenced by Blake (
Songs of Innocence
is very reminiscent of a piece of classical literature.
"Beneath the tinsel twilight skies
A changeling child with cinnamon eyes
Wends his way to a secret glade
and plays his pipe in a serenade."
"Through wooded glades he wanders with dancing nymphs who foot it on some sheer
calling upon Pan, the shepherd-god, long-haired, unkempt. He has every snowy
crest and the
mountain peaks and rocky crests for his domain; hither and thither he goes
through the close
thickets, now lured by soft streams, and now he presses on amongst towering
crags and climbs
up to the highest peak that overlooks the flocks."
"In and out of the spectral trees
Between the starlight burnished leaves,
He strolls the speckled toadstool way
to join the elfin court in play."
"Often he courses through the glistening high
mountains, and often on the shouldered hills he speeds along slaying wild
"The brown owl hoots upon the oak
The foxes howl and the green frogs croak
As through the wood to a marvelous moon
He blows the notes of an elfin tune."
"Only at evening, as he returns from the chase, he sounds his note, playing
sweet and low on his pipes of reed: not even she could excel him in melody --
that bird who in
flower-laden spring pouring forth her lament utters honey-voiced song amid the
"Towards the moss-weed bridge he goes
Where burble-pebble water flows,
Across the meadow up the hill
And on the wind I hear him still . . ."