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    The Ballad of Jack Raptureweed
    Posted on Tue, May 02, 2006 by Dongul
    wolfsire writes "Not even Deep Sashelas, god of aquatic elves, is unchallenged. The intoxicating and narcotic effects of the seaweed fronds known as rapture weed are discussed at length in module U3, The Final Enemy. In UK1, Beyond the Crystal Cave, it is provided: “Known by many regional names (of which the Green Man, John Barleycorn, and Mother Nature’s Son are but three … [he] is rarely found without a song upon his lips and never without one in his heart.” Wikipedia notes that there are more versions of the Ballad of John Barleycorn than any other song in the English language.

    The Ballad of Jack Raptureweed
    By: Wolfsire
    Posted with permission. Do notrepost without obtaining prior permission from the author.

    There were two kings below the sea, two kings both wise and wry

    For they did swear a solemn oath, Jack Raptureweed must die

    They took a shell and dug him down, put sand upon his head

    For forsworn they would not be, Jack Rapture weed was dead

    But tidal pulls went gently by, and silt began to fall

    Jack Raptureweed got up again, and sore surprised them all

    To shimmer-sun then through the waves, he reached within his bonds

    Pale in green and thick of stock, grew tall his many fronds

    But edged in gold he sickened so, and faded into age

    And once again his enemies, did show their deadly rage

    They took a weapon long and sharp, and cut him to his knees

    Then gathered up his briny corps, to send about the seas

    Jack Raptureweed a hero bold, who some now still despise

    For if you do but taste his flesh, he’ll make your courage rise

    Or make you all forget your woes, and set you at your ease

    So you cheer Jack Raptureweed, as savior of the seas

    But beware Jack Raptureweed, too often taste him not

    For he might still have his revenge, and make a king a sot

    Endnote:
    While it is not universal, the archetypal Green Man is sometimes associated with the sea. The Green Hunter of Danish legend spears a mermaid. The Welsh fairy king, Gwyn ap Nudd battles for the sea god’s daughter yearly at the direction of King Arthur. Peter Pan has Captain Hook and the mermaids. Dionysus is taken by pirates and turns them into dolphins, and is represented as Oceanus. Oceanus is sometimes represented with the horns and/or as the foliate head. I would venture to say that it is purely coincidental that the Greek translation, Okeanos, can be pronounced Oaky-On-Nose.

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    Re: The Ballad of Jack Raptureweed (Score: 1)
    by Kirt on Tue, May 02, 2006
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    I'm sure there are dozens of versions of John Barleycorn for sale to interested parties...one that I like is from Urban Myth's CD "Ex Urbe".

    http://www.urbanmyth.com/UMMusic.htm [www.urbanmyth.com]

    http://www.urbanmyth.com/urbanmyth.htm [www.urbanmyth.com]





    Re: The Ballad of Jack Raptureweed (Score: 1)
    by Scottenkainen on Sat, May 20, 2006
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    I gather that Jack Raptureweed is another alias for the Green Man/John Barleycorn, connecting the flavor text of two classic modules.  What I'd like to know is, is the ballad merely a pre-existing John Barleycorn ballad with name changes, or is it a fully original work?



    Re: The Ballad of Jack Raptureweed (Score: 1)
    by Wolfsire on Mon, May 22, 2006
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    It is somewhat more than just changing names, but it is hardly original.  I tried to keep as close to the classic story as possible based on a couple of versions.  As I recall, some lines are exactly the same, but most had to be adjusted to fit under the sea or in with the rest that I wrote.  Some changes, such as the pun "wise and wry," just sounded better to me than "great and high."  Here is one of the versions for comparison.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Barleycorn [en.wikipedia.org]


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