Tam Lin is a song of desire. Of determination.
Even of love (whatever love is).
It inspired the first novel I ever had published, which is called Cold Tom.
There are many different versions of the story of Tam Lin. It's sometimes presented as a poem, but was written as a ballad. One version (the first I came across) is sung by Sandy Denny and can be found here:
Once you've heard it you'll never walk in the wild places again without feeling eyes watching you.
But, you know something? They'll be very beautiful eyes...
Word To Use Today: ballad. This word comes from the Old Provençal word balada, which is a song accompanying a dance, from balar, to dance.