The following song comes to me from Gwen Knighton, who says:
Gwen is a harpist, and her group, Three Weird Sisters featured this song on their album Hair of the Frog, released in 2003.
This song is a slice-of-life view of the moments leading up to when Janet and Tam Lin actually meet, a very short scene in the ballad. I was thinking about how so many analyses of the ballad and so many books that have been written about it focus on plucky Janet and her tenaciousness in hanging on to her lover through thick and thin. But what about Tam Lin? He's got an agenda, himself; he would like to save his life. Now, I know Janet is headstrong and reckless; the ballads all say that. But it takes more than a little recklessness to make a girl get herself knocked up and then place herself in between her true love and the Queen of Elfland. Tam Lin has something up his sleeve, doesn't he? Gotta be the roses.
Added to site July 2003