Judy Collins enregistre en 1963 une des plus belles chansons de son répertoire, écrite par Neil Roth et Lydia Wood, Anathea. Une histoire sombre et poignante qui semble inspirée d’un fait divers.

ANATHEA

Lazlo Feher stole a stallion.
Stole him from the misty mountain.
And they chased him and they caught him,
And in iron chains they bound him.

Word was brought to Anathea
That her brother was in prison.
« Bring me gold and six fine horses.
I will buy my brothers freedom. »

« Judge, oh, judge, please spare my brother.
« I will give you gold and silver. »
« I don’t want your gold and silver.
« All I want are your sweet favors. »

« Anathea, oh, my sister,
« Are you mad with grief and sorrow?
« He will rob you of your flower,
« And he’ll hang me from the gallows. »

Anathea did not heed him.
Straightway to the judge went running.
In his golden bed at midnight,
There she heard the gallows groaning.

Cursed be that judge so cruel.
Thirteen years may he lie bleeding!
Thirteen doctors cannot cure him.
Thirteen shelves of drugs can’t heal him.

« Anathea, Anathea,
« Don’t go out into the forest.
« There among the green pines standing,
« You will find your brother hanging. »