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Encyclopedia > Faerie Queen (song)

Faerie Queen is a song written by Philip R. Obermarck and performed by Celtic artist Heather Alexander, published on Heather's first solo album, Wanderlust. The words Celt and Celtic can have a variety of meanings. ... Heather Alexander is a musician and songwriter in the Celtic genre. ...

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Synopsis

The heroine, a fiddler, is riding home when the song starts. Suddenly her horse becomes spooked and throws her off. As the heroine is trying to get up, she sees a band of faeries returning home from a hunt. Among them is the heroine's fiancé; although he is under the Faerie Queen's spell, she recognizes him by his eyes. In mythology and in fiction, Faerie (see also fairy) is an otherworldly realm, home to the Fae or fairies, though many believe this place to be neither mythical nor fictional, but quite real. ...


The heroine challenges the Faerie Queen to a duel with her fiancé as the stake. The queen agrees: they will both play the fiddle, and whichever one plays best will get to keep him. The faeries then hand her a black violin, and she plays an amazing melody. The heroine is disheartened, sure that she can never match the queen's performance, but then looks into her fiancé's eyes and is inspired by her love for him.


Her song, while initially somewhat melancholy, gradually builds in speed and intensity until there can be no doubt as to who is the better fiddler. Shocked, the Faerie Queen concedes that skill alone cannot compare to love and releases the heroine's fiancé.


Cultural references

The song references the English myth of the Faerie Queen. It is also similar in plot to The Devil Went Down to Georgia, a song by the Charlie Daniels Band, although in this case the prize for winning the contest is a person rather than an object. The Devil Went Down to Georgia is a country song written and performed by the Charlie Daniels Band and released on their 1979 album Million Mile Reflections. ... Charles Edward Daniels (born October 28, 1936) is a very popular country singer. ...


See also

The Devil Went Down to Georgia is a country song written and performed by the Charlie Daniels Band and released on their 1979 album Million Mile Reflections. ...

External references

Heather's personal website


 
 

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