Pagan Classic Rock

topic posted Mon, November 6, 2006 - 5:48 AM by  Joseph
I've been looking for some old classic rock that were Pagan songs. Not that easy to find really. Most of what I found when googling Rock & Pagan is Norse metal.

Fleetwood Mac doing Rhiannon.

Listen to what Stevie saids as she walks up to the mic to start singing. She saids,
"This is a song about a Welsh witch."
This is a very powerful version as Stevie really gets into it towards the end.

By the time Stevie did this version of Rhiannon she grew out of her skinny kinda not that attractive look to the really beautiful
mature older woman she is now. Stevie has always been one of them women who gets more beautiful as she gets older. Proof in my mind
that a witches wisdom is the secret of her beauty.

Interesting is I loved Stevie before I was Pagan. In fact I had a crush on her & Anne Wilson of Heart as a teen. I later after being born again as a Pagan discovered that both of these women were Pagans. I was really into old school Metal yet I had posters of Stevie in my room as well as the famous Gyspy Queen poster of Heart with Anne dressed as a Gypsy witch sitting in the chair with the Crystal ball in her hand. Remember that album cover?

Then there is my favorite, Jethro Tull who has tons of pagan songs. I couldn't find a video but here are the lyrics to Tull's Beltaine.

Jethro Tull - Beltane Lyrics

Have you ever stood in the April wood
and called the new
year in?
While the phantoms of three thousand years fly
as the dead leaves spin?
There's a snap in the grass
behind your feet
and a tap upon your shoulder.
And the
thin wind crawls along your neck
it's just the old
gods getting older.
And the kestral drops like a fall of
shot and
the red cloud hanging high
come - a
Have you ever loved a lover of the old elastic
And doted on the daughter in the ministry of
Thrust your head between the breasts of the fertile
And taken up the cause of love, for the sake of
Or while the kisses drop like a fall of shot
from soft lips in the rain
come - a Beltane.

Happy old new year to you and yours.
The sun's up
for one more day, to be sure.
Play it out gladly, for your
card's marked again.

Have you walked around your
parks and towns so knife-edged orderly?
While the fires are
burned on the hills upturned
in far-off wild country.
And felt the chill on your window sill
as the green man
comes around.
With his walking cane of sweet hazel - brings
it crashing down.
Sends your knuckles white as the thin
stick bites.
Well, it's just your groaning pains.
Come - a Beltane.

Tull as you all know have tons of Pagan theme songs we all love. Is there anyone who hasn't heard "Songs from the Wood" or "Minstrels in the Gallery"? Or "Dun Ringall" or "Jack in the Green"? LOL

Can you think of some more classic rock that were Pagan songs?
Help me find more Pagan Classics. ;-D
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    Mon, November 6, 2006 - 5:58 AM
    Oooh! A small note. Though not Gothic as a band, Stevie is sometimes called the Queen of Goth & pioneered the gothic look. Most Gothic girls I know have told me they die to own her wardrobe. Has anyone seen the gothic movie Gypsy83?
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      Re: Pagan Classic Rock

      Thu, July 17, 2008 - 7:07 PM
      good movie, same director, similar themes, same town Sandusky, called "Edge of Seventeen". More of my favorite.

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    Mon, November 6, 2006 - 6:09 AM
    Stevie with Sheryl Crow doing Sorcerer
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      Mon, November 6, 2006 - 6:38 AM
      Yeah Jethro Tull has some interesting stuff way too much flute imo . I usually associate classic rock with the 70's era of over produced albums, inflated egos, and light shows bright enough to blind someone. At least some of the bands like King Crimson did some exciting things.

      Then along came Sex Pistols, Clash, Ramones, Sham 69 etc. to bust the light bulbs, album budgets, and to bring a musical evoultion to save us from the baddd music of the 70's.

      Thanx for sharing those videos!
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        Mon, November 6, 2006 - 6:55 AM
        "musical evoultion"

        Actually regressing the song form to it's bare essientials.To it's bones. No 20 minute long flute,guitar solos, and Mooged out "string sections".

        I agree with Stevie Nicks. Quite Talented, and gorgeous.

        Wendy Rule ...Here's a Pagan Artist that I've been a fan of for many years.She's great live, can sing, writes amazing songs imo...

        Wendy Rule"Penelope"...

        Wendy Rule live in Aussie. mmmm bellly dancing...

        Wendy Rule "Half Life"...

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          Mon, November 6, 2006 - 7:27 AM
          Gypsy - Led Zep had some Pagan themes in their songs. Mooged string sections too :) King Crimson had some subtle Thelemic themes.
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            Mon, November 6, 2006 - 8:05 AM
            I hear rumors that Geddy Lee of Rush is a witch, but I have no confirmation on this.
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              Mon, November 6, 2006 - 8:27 AM
              Though Rush has some awesome Pagan theme songs like "Trees" they are openly atheist. Though its possible Geddy Lee could have change his mind but their music ain't quite old enough though I do love it.
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                Mon, November 6, 2006 - 12:08 PM
                I've actually long been of the opinion that Geddy Lee is a male banshee - probably one of only two in existence (the other being Shane McGowan).

                Rush's 2112 is actually a very cool retelling of the myth of the music contest between Pan and Apollo.
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        Mon, November 6, 2006 - 8:38 AM
        Ooh I love Wendy Rule but she is modern & well we could name tons of modern Pagan rockers & musicians.

        And yes I agree that most of the music in the 70's was cheesy. For me though Classic Rock was the music of the late 60's early 70's. Later in the 70's the first wave of cheesy glam rock or should we call it pop rock came out and dragged some of those great earlier musicians right into it, including Stevie.

        I loved the original old Heart, then they went big hair & glam & their music went to shit! In the last few years though Heart has gone back to their original Seattle sound that earn them the title of the female Led Zeppelin with songs like "Song of the Archer" & their rendition of Zeppelin's Rock & Roll. But poor Anne & Nancy had got dragged into the whole pop right into the glams scene back in the day. Recently though Anne & Nancy have gone back to just wanting to rock and get back to their roots & unlike most washed up rockers they are making quite a shall we say non-cheesy come back. Anne has definetly not lost her power house voice that made male rockers stand up and take notice along with Grace Slick, another female power house whose band suffered the mid 70's pop rock disease. I just recently saw Heart on CMT believe it or not with Wyona Judd singing with them doing some really old classic edgy rock & Anne's voice was so powerful you could see the look on Wyona face (who when she does rock has a powerful voice in her own right. She doesn't just do country like many believe.) of like God I wish I had her voice! LOL Anne looking good too. She's lost alot of weight but still pretty big. Actually she looks more like a stocky goodlooking dyke now than the way over weight glam rocker she had been in her later years. In her youth though she was a hotty with her long raven hair, etc...

        Today, awesome female rock vocalist are a dime a dozen but back then they weren't. And even today with so many good female rock vocalist screamers there has risen a power house in the same line with Grace Slick & Anne Wilson in the voice of Amy Lee of Evanescence. Oh I know there are some great female screamers, but Amy can hit the rafters with her voice & still sound beautiful. Interesting though to note that Amy is Pagan as well. Not surprising being Gothic of course. Today also musicians are very open about their Pagan beliefs. Back in the day there were very few who would out right say they was a Witch like Stevie did (I believe the younger of the to girls in the Mamas & Pappas came out public as a witch as well. No not Mama Cass the other one.). Even Anne was pretty subtle about her beliefs like the songs I mentioned already. I did read a interview with Anne way way back (I'm 41 now) where she mentioned that she was Wiccan but many didn't know that and still don't & she really didn't broadcast it. Stevie couldn't help being open about it since it was so much a part of her persona on stage. It was Stevies witchy ways that made her such a presence on stage. The reason why I'm looking for old classic 60's & 70's rock songs that are specifically Pagan is cause I'm a promoter & me & a friend plan on doing a Pagan gig on a late 60's early 70's theme in January with a friend's band called Dharma Engine. In between bands & sets my partner will be djing & since its a Pagan benefit it be cool to play pagan rock songs from that era.

        Anyway I'm off to search for more music.
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          Mon, November 6, 2006 - 9:12 AM
          Oh heres Heart back when they was still good. Though they was just starting to enter the pop era.

          Also a awesome guitarist friend of mine agrees with me that Nancy never got enough credit as a guitarist. If you ever heard Nancy take Led Zeppelin style leads on a electric guitar you understand what I mean. To this very day I have yet to hear a female guitarist that can touch her. Though Melissa Etherage & Bonnie Raitt are good guitarist I have heard Heart live & Nancy blows them out of the water on guitar. Also though I think she is crap, Lita Ford has said one of her idols was Nancy Wilson. One of the reasons I believe Heart has been able to go back to their roots is due mostly because of Nancy & her love of playing acoustic. I have heard people say oh this guitarist is awesome & I always say I won't agree till I hear them on a acoustic. Why? Cause unlike on a electric with all its gadgets you can't fake it on a acoustic. You either know how to rip it on a guitar or you don't and a acoustic won't lie. Anne shared lead in Heart but that was only cause she wanted to play her acoustic guitar more. This video gives you a small taste of Nancy in the beginning of Hearts pop stage. Nancy was the last member really in the band to surrender & go pop as this video will show & now she has brough the band back home to their old rock & roll roots today.

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            Mon, November 6, 2006 - 10:10 AM
            There is always "John Barleycorn Must Die" from Traffic. Granted the band is not pagan, but that song certainly is.
            Your project sounds interesting. I am curious to see what music you turn up.
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              Tue, November 7, 2006 - 1:57 PM
              Gypsy-Good luck on this project!! Damn how come all the pagan musicians that seem interesting live out west?

              I wonder if there is some Pagan or Heathen musicians on this tribe in the Northeast looking to start a Musical project????

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                Wed, November 8, 2006 - 8:07 AM
                I know that Crissy Hine of the 'Pretenders' is a Goddess Worshipper, but not sure if it's "classic" enough for you. She wrote a song called "Hymn to Her" which I recommend everyone listen closely to the lyrics. It's cool.

                Then there's George Harrison, who was not "pagan" but "Maha Vishnu Hindi" which is an offshoot of Tantrism. Much of his so-called God-oriented stuff was actually written for Vishnu, not Jesus. (My Sweet Lord and Give Me Love, to name a few). I think Carlos Santanta was a Maha Vishnu Hindi as well, as the two of them both played with Ravi Shankar and Mahavishnu John McLoughlin on some killer tracks from the 70's.

                Look for Caravansarai from Carlos Santana for some trippy meditational guitar riffs. I think it came out in 1972 or earlier.

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                  Wed, November 8, 2006 - 8:52 AM
                  "I know that Crissy Hine of the 'Pretenders' is a Goddess Worshipper, but not sure if it's "classic" enough for you. She wrote a song called "Hymn to Her" which I recommend everyone listen closely to the lyrics. It's cool. "

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                    Thu, November 9, 2006 - 9:12 AM
                    Actually, Chrissie didn't write that song. It was written by a schoolmate of hers named Meg Keene. It's certainly one of my favorites.

                    For some good recorded drumming music look for Brent Lewis...Jungle Moon and Pulse...

                    I like Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" very much too, quite primitive.
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                  Wed, November 8, 2006 - 9:14 AM
                  In my mind the Pretenders qualify. LOL Ohh love that song. I may have to stretch the Classic Rock era to go with alot of what KGON plays in order to have enough material for for Joe to play between sets. So yah keep bringing them on Sienna. I booked Dharma Engine to play a benefit gig for Magickal Winter Weekend in January. Right now we are shooting for either Fez Ballroom or Sabalas. Which ever one my partner drabs first. We also booked a Gothic Yule Benefit show for Dec. 23rd at Sabalas. That should be fun as well.

                  Oh by the way, Feathers will be playing the January show Sienna along with the Tea Caddies. Hmmm I better text him and tell him that the show is a go.
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                    Wed, November 8, 2006 - 12:41 PM

                    George Harrison not pagan? pshaw! Pagan means anything not Abrahamic, so Hinduism qualifies (plus it's technically polytheist) & if you want to narrow the definition further to mean religions of the "country folk" (say that with a hick drawl :) )...Hinduism STILL, to a great extent, qualifies.
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    Wed, July 16, 2008 - 10:01 PM
    Fleetwood Mac and Jethro Tull are the first two that also come to mind. I remember the first song by Fleetwood Mac that my father ever introduced me to was Tusk. Jethro Tull had a lot of titles suggestive of nature/earth spirituality. Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, although I don't know if the artists were actually Pagan, their music was also part of that genre - a melodic and contemplative nature.

    Gothic Rock/New Wave/80s: Siouxsie and the Banshees immediately comes to mind. Following in some of that characteristic gypsyfaeriegoth style permeated by Stevie Nicks.

    I can name a ton of pagan oriented artists but many of them are not classic rock artists.
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      Fri, July 18, 2008 - 9:24 AM
      There's a 70s band called Man who are from Swansea, Wales. They're not Pagan but their song C'mon is one of the most pro-Earth songs I've ever heard. Even though most of the original band members are gone, they still play sporadically in the UK & Europe.
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    Fri, July 18, 2008 - 8:11 PM
    correct me if I'm wrong, but just about every classic rock tune from the 70's and 80's, including some of the disco classics, are pagan related. It was an era following the peace, love and tranquility mindset of the 60's, and still dripped with undertones of paganism.