The Lady of Dun Doegin

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Written by Elizabeth Kirwin, Electronic Music Composition by Liam Sckhot

The bard celebrates The Lady, a pagan term for goddess, in this lyrical ballad. The Lady is a goddess who intermingled with a human man, “the bard” and they produced a  child who became a warrior.  The Lady of Dun Doegin is one of the legends the bard created about his own life: secretly, he had a wife and child.  He masked his reality by revealing the phantastic elements that appealed to his audiences.  The Lady has become a myth, someone ineffable. With the full force of an enigma, she graces the ballad with her presence.

Dun is the Gaelic word for home. Dun Doegin is a place of great power, located within a forest not far from Donegal, Ireland.  Because it is a power point within the land, it is secret, and only known to a select few.  The bard is one of the visitors to Dun Doegin.  He is permitted there because he is the lady’s lover.

Without the lady, there would be no door to the otherworld for the bard to step through, so he could seek his own truth.

This spoken word ballad is illustrated with the electronic music of Liam Sckhot.  It is a fine example of Sckhot’s ability to convey the mysteries of the faery faith in musical format.

“The Lady of Dun Doegin” is written and performed by Elizabeth Kirwin.

Elizabeth Kirwin dedicates the ballad to Martine Strohmeyer, a visual artist who lives and works in Virginia Beach, VA.  Strohmeyer has inspired the composition of this lyrical ballad.

The Lady of Dun Doegin
by Elizabeth Kirwin

for Martine Strohmeyer

Dun Doegin is where it all began.
Two miles from Donegal
on a secret road to the sea
a boulder stands between two trees
go right, then cross the stream
behind an oak and hive of bees
Very few can see –
the entrance to Dun Doegin.

Dun Doegin is where it all began
on the heels of battle and victory
few traversed that ageless place
unless called by their Goddess.

The door to Dun Doegin was left open that night,
the door to Dun Doegin was open.

The Lady was loved and feared by all:
she had the beauty of the fay
the kind that never fades,
and she had the future sight.
They say if you looked into her eyes
she could see the contents of your mind
her magic was strong, yet hidden
she walked between the land of the living
and the dwellings of the faeries.

When the moon was risen full
over the Bay of Donegal
The Lady of Dun Doegin
summoned her,
a maiden from a nearby village
was awakened
by the Lady and an owl’s scream
she pointed to the secret faery road
and instructed her to leave.
The maiden did as she was bidden.

The door to Dun Doegin was left open that night,
the door to Dun Doegin was open.

The Lady’s only son was Sean
he was a warrior, true and strong
in keeping with tradition
Sean met the maiden on the road from battle
before returning to his dun.
Beneath a gathering of new trees
they made a son to carry on
the legend of Dun Doegin.

Soon Sean was off to battle again
never would he see his faery mother
or wife or child in the land of the living.

The door to Dun Doegin was left open that night,
the door to Dun Doegin was open.

In that dun invisible to most
the lady and maiden would live and love
and the child conceived that summer’s eve
grew into a warrior, just like his father.

The door to Dun Doegin was left open that night,
the door to Dun Doegin was open.

Dun Doegin is where it all began.

All work is copyrighted in 2009. The text is copyrighted by Elizabeth Kirwin. The spoken word ballad audio is copyrighted by Elizabeth Kirwin and Liam Sckhot. Express written permission must be obtained in order to reproduce this material in any form.  Contact the Fairies for more informatiion.

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