is a song performed by Celtic
artist Heather Alexander
on her first solo album, Wanderlust
. The song credits in the Heather Alexander Songbook
are lyrics by Philip R. Obermarck; additional lyrics & music by Heather Alexander.
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.
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.
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... Read More