Silver Dagger

Silver Dagger’ is Rebecca Michie’s exploration of movement through narrative, using the oral tradition of the folk song. Rebecca is interested in the exploration of the female experience and how the people of our past live within us. This cautionary tale, originally sung by Joan Baez, tells the story of a young woman refusing a lover because of the way her mother’s heart was broken in her youth. Now she sleeps with a silver dagger, for any man who hopes to steal her daughter’s heart.

‘Silver Dagger’
by Joan Baez

Don’t sing love songs, you’ll wake my mother
She’s sleeping here right by my side
And in her right hand a silver dagger
She says that I can’t be your bride
“All men are false”, says my mother
“They’ll tell you wicked, lovin’ lies
The very next evening, they’ll court another
Leave you alone to pine and sigh”
My daddy is a handsome devil
He’s got a chain five miles long
And on every link a heart does dangle
Of another maid he’s loved and wronged
Go court another tender maiden
And hope that she will be your wife
For I’ve been warned, and I’ve decided
To sleep alone all of my life

Rebecca Michie

Rebecca Suzanne Michie is an artist and a current OCAD University student, working towards her degree in Illustration with a minor in Printmaking.  She is passionate about the female experience and how this is expressed through sisterhood, allegory and women’s bodies.  She works to explore ancient myth and legend, religion, imagery and symbolism, uncovering how the past affects us and how the people of our past live within us.  She works mostly with oil paint, linocut relief printmaking and pen and ink.  Through her work she explores folk stories of the past with a modern feminist lens in order to bring forth a unique perspective on the power of femininity and an exploration of the human experience.