[Ansteorra] Can someone confirm/deny for me?

Michelle Dodd lygabrielerdb at hotmail.com
Mon Aug 16 22:17:56 PDT 2010

I am very happy to hear that the writing of this song is now allowed. I have heard it several times, but do not always catch all of the words sung at outdoor venues. If I can see the words it makes it much easier to follow along and enjoy the song. Otherwise I just get the chorus. 
Now to find someone to write it down for me.
Lady Gabriele
who has been following this thread & understands that you have to know what a thing IS before you can swear to it or not. (Well told story.)

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are allowed to remain children all our lives. (Albert Einstein)


> From: ferretpd at gmail.com
> To: ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org
> Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2010 22:32:46 -0500
> Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] Can someone confirm/deny for me?
> This question comes around on the Git-tar every few years (*grinz*)....here is the answer from *last* time:
> While I haven't seen Ivar in years...I *did* hear (also apocryphally, but from reasonably reliable sources) that he *would* allow it to be written down, but that he would *prefer* (note that this is the author's *wish*, not some kind of command) that it be learned or taught in the oral tradition. 
> However, Good Gentles, If you are going to learn this piece, you should also learn the story behind it.
> So sit back and fill your mugs, because Uncle Alden's Gonna Tell a Story.
> Once upon a time, deep in the mists of History (some thirty-years-or-so ago), there lived in the fair Kingdom of Ansteorra, a Master of Arms, named Ivar Battleskald. Now remember, good gentles, that MoA's are accorded to have the skill, prowess and duties of Knighthood, save that they do not swear fealty to the Crown (originally for religious restrictions; but sometimes, and now more commonly, for personal reasons.)
> One fine day, at an Inter-kingdom War, Master Ivar came upon a group of out-of-Kingdom Knights (...decorum prohibits me from saying which Kingdom); who were discussing the meaning of Fealty. Ivar joined the group, and listened carefully for awhile. At one point, he spoke up, and ventured an opinion. The Knights (to a man) looked down their noses at him, and one said: "What would *you* know of Fealty? You're *just* a Master of Arms!" 
> Ivar nodded, agreed with the Knights, and quietly left the group. He retired to his tent, and proceeded to write "Born On The List Field" in one sitting; which he performed that evening in Court. 
> No-one ever questioned his understanding of Fealty again.
> In Service, I remain
> Alden Pharamond
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ansteorra-bounces+ferretpd=gmail.com at lists.ansteorra.org
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> Of Robert G. Ferrell
> Sent: Friday, August 13, 2010 5:03 PM
> To: Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc.
> Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] Can someone confirm/deny for me?
> Audette wrote:
> > I have been asked by an old friend to record the song for them, and they
> > have
> > indicated that the request to not record it has been lifted. For obvious
> > reasons, I am very leery of doing so unless I can confirm from another
> > source that this is true - can "Born on the Listfield" now be recorded?
> First I've heard of that. Unless you hear it from Ivar Battleskald
> himself, I'd be leery of it, too.
> Cynric
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