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Lord Of The Reedy River

Written by Donovan

Album This song officially appears on the Post Card Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1969
Timeline This song has been recorded in 1968
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Lord Of The Reedy River” is song written by Donovan, and recorded by Mary Hopkin for its debut album “Postcard” released in 1969, and produced by Paul McCartney.

From the liner notes of the 2010 reissue of Postcard:

‘Lord Of The Reedy River’ is a tranquil ballad, based on the classical myth of Leda and the Swan, which Paul selected to be the first track on the original Post Card vinyl. It was a bold opener and far from obvious: a slow burner on which Mary exudes an alluring, dusky grace.

Last updated on November 2, 2019


She fell in love with a swan
Her eyes were filled with feathers
He filled her with song
In the reedy river
In the reedy river

She in her boat long hours
He in his royal plumage
She threw him some flowers
In the reedy river
In the reedy river

Black was the night and starry
She loosened off her garments
And let fall her hair
In the reedy river
In the reedy river

Sadly they mourn inside
Wast in evening twilight
Two swans glide and fly
O'er the reedy river
O'er the reedy river

She fell in love with a swan

Officially appears on

Post Card

Official album • Released in 1969

2:37 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Producer
Acoustic guitar
Ken Scott:
Engineering, Mixing
Mary Hopkin:

Session Recording:
Mid-November 1968 to mid-January 1969
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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