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The Pilgrimage of Grace


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mrattue

 Genre: Ballad

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North of the Humber - Song 7 of 10

In 1536, incensed at King Henry the Eighth’s assumption of religious as well as political supremacy, and appalled by his unlawful and wholesale confiscation of consecrated property, the people of the northern counties of England rose up to defend the Holy Orders of Nuns and Monks from persecution and expulsion, and to prevent their houses becoming the property of the crown. They were not bent on warfare, and had to abide by a strict code of conduct in honour of their holy commission. They termed it the ‘Pilgrimage of Grace’.
Faced with an estimated forty thousand unwarlike but determined malcontents, the King agreed to discuss the matter. Thinking that they had proved a point, most of the men went home, but the King did not honour his promise. When the crowds has dispersed, he executed the leaders of the uprising as traitors, and continued with his brutal campaign of seizure and intimidation.
The gutted shells of great abbey buildings, and numerous converted mansion houses across England still bear witness to this rapacious and shocking episode today.
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Lyrics
The Pilgrimage of Grace


Arise, to the call,
So evil won’t befall,
Arise to the call,
For God and Lord and all,

We'll leave our sweet,
Northumberland,
And march as Percy's men,
We'll go to keep,
The royal thief,
From Holy Men again,

So,
We’ll every evil face,
The Pilgrimage of Grace,
Together under God,
We’ll find the meeting place,

And surely if we're peaceful,
And only want what's due,
To keep God's land for God's use,
His Holy places, too,
Surely he will see,
The king and all his men,
That no one can just rob the Lord God,
That no one can just rob our Lord God,

So, rise to the call,
So evil won’t befall,
Arise to the call,
For God and Lord and all,

We left our sweet,
Northumberland,
To stand as Percy’s Men,
with forty thousand northerners,
To make them think again,

And so to our delight,
The King declined to fight,
Agreed it was our right,
To walk the path of light,

But Henry was a sly one,
And lied to buy some time,
He waited till we’d gone home,
Then called it all a crime,
And Aske and Percy, too,
And all the godly men,
Were butchered in the sight of God,
Were butchered in the sight of God,

Now, abbey walls have mouldered,
And Henry died of pox,
The monks and nuns are long past,
His rack and rope and blocks,
And so the story stands,
And there it will remain,
We’ll leave it in the sight of God,
We’ll leave it in the sight of God.
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Uploaded: Mar 12, 2011 - 02:55:34 AM
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2011 - 06:16:10 AM Last Played: Jan 13, 2017 - 04:26:16 PM
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Comments
Narad said 2294 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
The Pilgrimage of Grace
Very nice and uplifting listen ! :)
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mrattue said 2294 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Thanks, Harald!
Glad you liked it. It is a sad tale, in a way, but ultimately uplifting, we trust!

Cheers now

Marc
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grahame1956 said 2294 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
I liked this
A well told true tale. I like the way that the music fits the period as well. My wife commented that there is a Tudor feel to it.
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mrattue said 2294 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Hi, Grahame!
Thanks for listening.

It is always good when the music fits in with the greater context. i find it still unbelievable that the Dissolution took place at all. When i learned during my stay in Northumbria that it was vigorously opposed by thousands of organised and committed 'peace protesters', in the North of England, it was a piece of the jigsaw that had long seemed missing.

Cheers now


Marc
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jiguma said 2294 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
In the genes .........
my Dad was a Geordie, so I'm always interested in this sort of thing Marc. I've been listening to more Northumbrian music lately. Totally as a result of seeing The Unthanks on Jools Holland's show I should add. The whole of Europe is full of such incredible stories - a songwriter would never be short of lyrical ideas.
Nicely done.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil (from PBGB)
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mrattue said 2294 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
hi Neil
glad it caught your interest. This is the seventh of ten songs on Northumbia i've done recently and i could have done quite a few more - the area is so rich in such stories.

Thanks for listening

marc
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Loob said 2294 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Arise to the call!
Another nice story song Marc!
mrattue said 2293 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks, Freddy!
Glad it went down all right.


Thanks for listening


Marc
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MarkHolbrook said 2294 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Cool
story telling! Nicely done!
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mrattue said 2293 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Hi Mark
Glad it seemed worth the telling. i really only found out about it very recently.

Cheers now


Marc
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dave_b said 2294 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
The Pilgrimage of Grace
A well constructed story song. Well sung with good harmonies. BTW I am up to chapter 16 in "The Nightflower", enjoying the book.
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mrattue said 2293 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Hi Dave!
Thanks for stopping by. Really chuffed you have gotten so far with the book. So glad you are enjoying it.

Marc
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st_victor said 2294 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Great backstory
It's been awhile since I've heard a good historical umbrage in song. Nice lyrics, well balanced and constructed Marc. Nice backing vocals, can't help but bounce along with it, much be the marching drums - thanks for the wonderful post!
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mrattue said 2293 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Little told
It's a little known, little told story that seemed to suit a march, as far as it goes. Glad you got something out of it.

Marc
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PeterB7858 said 2294 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
On a roll...
Hey Marc, you are on a roll. It seems you are hell bent on posting your North of the Humber song cycle in record time. Another really interesting story! Just one thing with this one though, whilst listening I formed the impression that the song was a bit too jaunty for the lyrics. The march tempo at the start fits but possibly you might have changed the tempo as the fateful story unfolded? Just a thought. Regards, Peter.
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mrattue said 2293 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Hi Peter
Reading your comment, i have to agree. The march is fine as long as everything is going gloriously forward, but becomes somewhat anachronistic towards the end, though the lyrics have their ironic undertones, especially about Henry getting the pox! And perhaps the verses towards the end have a dying fall?

Anyway, i am very grateful that you listened with such attention. Gold dust.

Thanks so much.

Marc
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magnatone said 2294 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Pilgrimage
this is beautiful work marc!
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mrattue said 2293 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Hi Karen!
Glad you got this one and enjoyed it.

Take care

Marc
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jdholliday said 2294 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Marc's on a roll!
crankin out some great folk tunes, another one well done. Great harmonies.
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mrattue said 2293 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thanks JD
Glad you could make it, and glad that it was not a wasted journey!

Marc
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Moviz said 2293 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
What's new?
The top dogs are still 'doing the dirty' and thank God we can still make music from our impressions..... just wish some of the modern day tyrants could catch the pocks LOL. Loved listening to this song.... great clarity and precision as well as vocal and backing... regards M
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mrattue said 2293 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Nothing changes!
Still the same old muddle!

i'm really happy that you felt i created a little order out of it in a small way in this song.

Thanks for listening


Marc
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neilh79 said 2293 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Pilgrimage..
Marc.. You keep doing this so well, another great addition to the album
mrattue said 2293 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Hi Neil
Thanks for staying with the program!

Glad it hasn't let you down yet.

Cheers now


Marc
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DWL said 2292 days ago (March 14th, 2011)
A rich heritage destroyed
by those in power. Times don't change that much do they?

Really well done Marc. Nicely stripped back arrangement is very effective.

Cheers

Dick
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mrattue said 2292 days ago (March 14th, 2011)
Hi Dick
No, not much changes!

Glad you thought the song effective.

Cheers now


Marc
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Corporal Beef said 2291 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
Grace
Another great story, accompanied by an inspiring bit of prose. I'm a descendant of The Percys, but I don't condone their behavior!

Thanks so much for bringing all this history t life. It's fascinating. Thanks for posting.
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mrattue said 2290 days ago (March 16th, 2011)
Hi Mr Percy!
Leading the Pilgrimage of Grace might have been one of the better deeds of your ancestors!

Glad you liked the song.

Marc
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KCsGROOVE said 2291 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
you paint pictures
in your songs. Of days long ago. :-)
Very much enjoyed, Marc!
KC
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mrattue said 2290 days ago (March 16th, 2011)
Hi Cees!
Thanks as always for your time and comment.

Glad you got something out of this one.


Marc
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Jarvoid said 2216 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
Cracking good song Marc
and it fits in so well with some of my current reading of novels by CJ Sansom which are based in this period and if his depiction of henry is as accurate as I like to think that it is,then he was a bit of a Ba****d (possibly literally as well ! )

How things have changed now,ho hum NOT !! Though at least nowadays you can call Cameron a B*****d and not get racked for your troubles.

Love the instrumental and the TwoDoor (sic) feel to the whole thing. I will check out some more of your music shortly.

Got a treat in store I feel.

Jarvo
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mrattue said 2216 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
Hi Jarvo
Really appreciate your comments and positive review of the song!

It's so encouraging, particularly when someone listens to an earlier track and still feels its worth a listen and a word or two.

Concerning the Dissolution itself, the debris and consequences of that shameful campaign are still all around us, as you obviously well know, and i still can't believe the effrontery and violence of it, particularly the treatment of the Carthusians at Charterhouse in London.

Thanks for your interest. Worth a lot.

Marc
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