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Britt Ekland as Willow MacGregor, dancing with another actor in the 'Green Man'/Ellangowan bar.
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Visitors to Creetown can stay at the Ellangowan Hotel, from there exploring the locations in Kirkcudbright, Gatehouse, Newton Stewart and Burrow Head used in the film. The rather lusty bar-room songs of the "Green Man" were re-enacted in the bar in the Year 2000 Convention - and that may only be the start. Exact re-enactions of Willow McGregor's nude dances and 'initiations' would probably not be permitted; they appear to have been filmed in studio sets, somewhere at Sorbie or Wigtown in the Machars.
However, for your delight and delectation (not to speak of the 'great expense ... all the crowned 'eads of Europe') here are the songs from the sheet used at the Wickerman 2000 Convention. Apologies for any blushes, but the wording is exactly as given in the film.
When Robin Hardy was doing his research into pagan rites and practices, he came across a collection of English folk songs put together by a Victorian called Sharpe. They were so in flavour with The Wicker Man theme that they were too good not to use. But they were in olde worlde English, making the words harde to swallow for the general audience. Anthony Shaffer was taking time out from the movie to work on the screenplay for Hitchcock's 'Frenzy', so his brother Peter stepped in. He re-wrote the lyrics before giving them to Paul Giovanni to re-arrange them.
THE LANDLORD'S DAUGHTER
Much has been said of the strumpets of yore
... And, when her name is mentioned
I put my hand all on her knee
I put my hand all on her belly
THE MAIDEN AND THE TINKER
A maiden did this tinker meet and to him boldly say
Heigh ho ! Who is there ?
Heigh ho ! I am here
SUMMER IS ICUMEN IN
Summer is icumen in
Ewe bleats harshly after lamb
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