Janet scolded for pulling roses, to which she responds that she needs no permission to do so. She is taken by the hand and laid upon the fairy ground. Her lover then tells her how he was captured by the fairies when he was out hunting with his father. The fairies perform sacrifices to hell, and he fears he will be next as he is so fit. He informs her that she may rescue him if she waits at Miles Cross at midnight, which she does. The Fairy Queen then angrily states that she wishes she's replaced Tam Lin's eyes with ones of stone.
- What gar's ye pu' the rose, Janet?
What gars ye break the tree?
I'll come and go by Carterhaugh
And ask nae leave of thee.
- He's ta'en her by the milk white hand
And by the grass green sleeve
He's led her to the fairy ground
(He's led her to the fairy ground)
And spier'd at her nae leave
- "A word I winna lie, Janet
The truth to thee I'll tell
My father was a noble knight
And loved hunting well
- "And on a cold and frosty day,
Down from my horse I fell
The Queen of Fairies she caught me
(The Queen of Fairies she caught me)
In yon green hill to dwell.
- "And at the end of seven years
We pay a tiend to Hell.
I am sae fair and fu' of flesh
I'm feared it be myself."
- This night is Hallwe'en, Janet
When fairy folk mun ride,
And they that would their true-love win
(And they that would their true-love win)
At Miles Cross they must bide.
- So gloomy gloomy was the night
And eerie was the way
As Janet in her mantle green
To Miles Cross she did gae.
- And then up spoke the Fairy Queen
"Tam Lin if I had known
(Tam Lin if I had known)
I would have pulled out both your eyes
(I would have pulled out both your eyes)
To give you eyes of stone"
(To give you eyes of stone")
Performed by the group Mediaeval Baebes on their album Mirablis. More information is available about the group through their website
Added to site: September 2005