Posted on March 11th, 2014 | by Leslie

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Wanderling no. 10

Read my full description of the project here – http://lesliehudson.com/projects/wanderlings

Wanderling no. 10 – “Drink Up”

Medb is Queen of Connacht, the western province of Ireland. She is married to Ailill, and takes pride in being his equal in property and wealth. One night as they lie in bed together, Ailill claims Medb is a “kept woman,” which begins an argument concluding with all of their belongings being accounted, until it is clear there is only one thing Ailill possesses over Medb: a white bull. Furious, she plots to gain herself a bull of equal value, and thus begins the great Táin Bó Cuailgne (The Cattle Raid of Cooley).

Story’s country of origin – Ireland

Based on the epic “Táin Bó Cuailgne” as translated by Thomas Kinsella, The Tain (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1969, 1990). Also inspired by the long relationship I have had with Medb herself over the years, my research, and my visits to her sacred sites.

Medb is a goddess of sovereignty. In Irish mythology, the land was embodied by goddess queens who approved the kings’ right to rule by bestowing good weather, harvests, growth and productivity. The goddesses’ disapproval was made manifest by a loss of these gifts and the kings thereby lost their kingships. Medb’s drink is mead, her domain is the western quarter of Ireland, and her royal seat is at Cruachan.

For more information on Medb and her part of the world, visit: http://www.rathcroghan.ie/

V1
I’ve never had a man without another waiting in his shadow
I’d never take a man who was greedy or jealous or callow

L1
For I am a woman of wealth and fame
A daughter of kings without fear or shame
Intoxication is my name
Aren’t you the lucky one, lover?

CHORUS
I am the mead and this is my cup
Drink up, my love, drink up, drink up
I am the mead and this is my cup
Drink up, oh, my love
Drink up, oh, my love

V2
I’ve never been afraid to cause a little bit of trouble
I’ll never be afraid to burn it right down to rubble

L2
For I am a woman who plays the game
Sweeter than honey, as hot as flame
And if you get burned then you’re to blame
Aren’t you the lucky one, lover?

CHORUS
I am the mead and this is my cup
Drink up, my love, drink up, drink up
I am the mead and this is my cup
Drink up, oh, my love
Drink up, oh, my love

V3
I’ve never been the kind to leave it all up to the men
I’ll never be the kind to put it all off until then

L3
For I am a woman no man can tame
Sovereign when into the world I came
You life will never be the same
Aren’t you the lucky one, lover?

CHORUS
I am the mead and this is my cup
Drink up, my love, drink up, drink up
I am the mead and this is my cup
Drink up, oh, my love
Drink up, oh, my love

For more in the series:
Wanderling no.1 – “But Not Too Bold” – http://lesliehudson.com/wanderling-no1/
Wanderling no.2 – “Sedna of the Sea” – http://lesliehudson.com/wanderling-no2/
Wanderling no.3 – “The Rift” – http://lesliehudson.com/wanderling-no3/
Wanderling no.4 – “Red Bird” – http://lesliehudson.com/wanderling-no4/
Wanderling no.5 – “The Last Thing I’ll Beg Thee” –  http://lesliehudson.com/wanderling-no5/
Wanderling no.6 – “Tantalized” – http://lesliehudson.com/wanderling-no6/
Wanderling no.7 – “The Cloud Princess” – http://lesliehudson.com/wanderling-no7/
Wanderling no.8 – “My Song is Done” – http://lesliehudson.com/wanderling-no8/
Wanderling no.9 – “Vasilisa Trilogy” – http://lesliehudson.com/wanderling-no9/

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