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8. Will You? – from ‘Breaking Glass’ by Hazel O’Connor 1995.
Breaking Glass

Breaking Glass

This recording has one of the most beautiful saxophone solos I have ever heard – don’t miss it – it’s just after you think the song is finished

You drink your coffee and I sip my tea
And we’re sitting here playing so cool, thinking “What will be, will be”
But it’s getting kind of late now
Oh I wonder if you’ll stay now, stay now, stay now, stay now
Or will you just politely say goodnight?

I move a little closer to you, not knowing quite what to do
And I’m feeling all fingers and thumbs, I spill my tea, oh silly me!
But it’s getting kind of late now
I wonder if you’ll stay now, stay now, stay now, stay now
Or will you just politely say goodnight?

And then we touch much too much
This moment has been waiting for a long long time
Makes me shiver, it makes me quiver
This moment I’m so unsure
This moment I’ve waited for
Is it something you’ve been waiting for, waiting for too?

Take off your eyes, bare your soul
Gather me to you and make me whole
Tell me your secrets, sing me the song
Sing it to me in the silent tongue
But it’s getting kind of late now
I wonder if you’ll stay now, stay now, stay now, stay now
Or will you just politely say goodnight?

Hazel OConnor

Hazel O'Connor

Breaking Glass

9. The Bonny Swans – from ‘The Mask And The Mirror’ – Loreena McKennitt 1994.
The Mask & The Mirror

The Mask & The Mirror

A farmer there lived in the north country
a hey ho bonny o
And he had daughters one, two, three
The swans swim so bonny o

These daughters they walked by the river’s brim
a hey ho bonny o
The eldest pushed the youngest in
The swans swim so bonny o

Oh sister, oh sister, pray lend me your hand
with a hey ho a bonny o
And I will give you house and land
the swans swim so bonny o

I’ll give you neither hand nor glove
with a hey ho a bonny o
Unless you give me your own true love
the swans swim so bonny o

Sometimes she sank, sometimes she swam
with a hey ho and a bonny o
Until she came to a miller’s dam
the swans swim so bonny o

The miller’s daughter, dressed in red
with a hey ho and a bonny o
She went for some water to make some bread
the swans swim so bonny o

Oh father, oh daddy, here swims a swan
with a hey ho and a bonny o
It’s very like a gentle woman
the swans swim so bonny o

They placed her on the bank to dry
with a hey ho and a bonny o
There came a harper passing by
the swans swim so bonny o

He made harp pins of her fingers fair
with a hey ho and a bonny o
He made harp strings of her golden hair
the swans swim so bonny o

He made a harp of her breast bone
with a hey ho and a bonny o
And straight it began to play alone
the swans swim so bonny o

He brought it to her father’s hall
with a hey ho and a bonny o
And there was the court, assembled all
the swans swim so bonny o

He laid the harp upon a stone
with a hey ho and a bonny o
And straight it began to play lone
the swans swim so bonny o

And there does sit my father the King
with a hey ho and a bonny o
And yonder sits my mother the Queen
the swans swim so bonny o

And there does sit my brother Hugh
with a hey ho and a bonny o
And by him William, sweet and true
the swans swim so bonny o

And there does sit my false sister, Anne
with a hey ho and a bonny o
Who drowned me for the sake of a man
the swans swim so bonny o

The verses are traditional, but arranged/adapted by Loreena McKennitt.
Music by Loreena McKennitt.

Loreena McKennitt

Loreena McKennitt

The Mask and the Mirror

10. My Love Is In America – from ‘Borrowed Moments’ by Bob Fox 2003.
Borrowed Moments

Borrowed Moments

This lovely song was written by Chris Leslie (of Fairport Convention), but Bob Fox has made the song his own. Bob without question qualifies as one of the very best of our modern folk musicians, and is a member of my ‘Dark Voices’ collection.

Contrast this song, which is about the voluntary emigration to the colonies, in search of security and happiness, with the other entry in this collection ‘Virginia’, (again sung by Bob Fox) which tells an altogether different tale about America.

Called to this place with my working hands
The sea crossing turned my insides
We left to the sound of a marching band
To sail at the change of the tide;

When I saw Mary her father said
He was sailing across the deep blue
For brighter new days in a promised land
And she would be going there too;

So I keep her on my mind
There’s a picture on my wall
Oh my love is in America
My love could be anywhere at all;

Oh how we cried on that darkest night
Everyone leaving the land
The old generation just sitting tight
And all of us young bucks had plans;

I’m using the name of another man
To get a good job here for more pay
I’ll walk these strange streets for a better life
London’s the place so they say;

And I keep her on my mind
There’s a picture on my wall
Oh my love is in America
My love could be anywhere at all;

The music’s the one thing that’s travelled well
We meet up and play from our souls
The kitchen, the workyard and the Seven Bells
Gives us a glimpse of our homes;

Till I know I keep her on my mind
There’s a picture on my wall
Oh my love is in America
My love could be anywhere at all;

Maybe I’ll make it to New York State
Maybe I’ll just get up and go
Maybe I’ll get back to my home town
See if there’s work, I don’t know

I’ve sent many letters to no avail
Her silence is deafening to me
Maybe she lives with another man
Across in the new country

Till I know I keep her on my mind
There’s a picture on my wall
Oh my love is in America
My love could be anywhere at all

Words and music by Chris Leslie, arrangment Bob Fox.

Borrowed Moments

The words/music for this song are published in the songbook below:

Fairport Convention Songbook One

Fairport Convention Songbook One

11. The Saxophone Song – from ‘The Kick Inside’ by Kate Bush 1978.
The Kick Inside

The Kick Inside

You’ll find me in a Berlin bar
In a corner brooding
You know that I go very quiet
When I’m listening to you
There’s something special indeed
There’s something special indeed

In all the places where I’ve seen you shine, boy
There’s something very real in how I feel, honey
It’s in me
It’s in me
And you know it’s for real
Tuning in on your saxophone

Dah-bah-dah-bah-doo

The candle burning over your shoulder is throwing
Shadows on your saxophone, a surly lady in tremor
The stars that climb from her bowels
Those stars make towers on vowels
You’ll never see that you had all of me
You’ll never see the poetry you’ve stirred in me
Of all the stars I’ve seen that shine so brightly
I’ve never known or felt in myself so rightly

It’s in me
It’s in me
And you know it’s for real
Tuning in on your saxophone

Dah-bah-dah-bah-doo

The Kick Inside

12. An Thou Were My Ain Thing – from ‘Hang Up Sorrow & Care’ by Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band 1996.
Hang Up Sorrow & Care

Hang Up Sorrow & Care

Another masterpiece from Maddy with a beautifully counterpointed lute supplying resonance and depth. Burns words are almost a cry from the soul for what sounds very much like an unrequited love – I wonder if she ever heard them?

The song starts with the chorus…

An thou were my ain thing,
O, I wou’d love thee
I wou’d love thee.
An thou were my ain thing,
How dearly wou’d I love thee!

Then I wou’d clasp thee in my arms,
Then I’d secure thee from all harms,
For above mortals thou hast charms,
How dearly do I love thee!

(chorus)

Of race divine thou needs must be,
Since nothing earthly equals thee;
For heaven’s sake then, pity me,
Who only lives to love thee.

(chorus)

To merit I no claim can make,
But that I love, and for thy sake,
What man can do, I’ll undertake,
So dearly do I love thee!

(chorus)

My passion constant as the sun,
Flames stronger fall, will ne’er have done,
‘Til fate my thread of life has spun,
Which breathing out I’ll love thee!

(chorus)

Robert Burns

There is a verse missing from the above, which I can’t make out from the poorly-scanned (deliberately?) image on the Burns collection site. I’ll provide this as soon as I have established the correct words. Note that Maddy dosn’t sing the whole song – I think that’s a great pity.

Source: National Burns Collection
Volume I, song 002, page 2.

Hang Up Sorrow & Care

An Thou Were My Ain Thing

An Thou Were My Ain Thing

13. Will You Still Love me Tomorrow’ – from ‘Tapestry’ by Carole King 1971.
Tapestry

Tapestry

Carols’ lovely song, sung by herself is nothing short of breathtaking, asking a question we all, at one time or other, have wanted to be brave enough to ask. Carol is accompanied on this recording, with a few friends including James Taylor.

Tonight you’re mine, completely
You give your love so sweetly;
Tonight the light of love is in your eyes
But will you love me tomorrow

Is this a lasting treasure
Or just a moment’s pleasure;
Can I believe the magic of your sighs
Will you still love me tomorrow

Tonight with words unspoken
You say that I’m the only one;
But will my heart be broken
When the night meets the morning sun

I’d like to know if your love
Is a love I can be sure of;
So tell me now and I won’t ask again
Will you still love me tomorrow
Will you still love me tomorrow

Carole King

Carole King

Tapestry

14. ‘The Winding River Roe’ – from ‘Sweet Liberty’ by Cara Dillon 2004.
Sweet Liberty

Sweet Liberty

Some poets sing of a noble king
All of a sweetheart fair
Some tell a tale of ships that sail
With treasures rich and rare
But my humble pen still drifts again
To scenes of long ago
Across the sea to the Benedy
And the winding river Roe

Right well do I remember now
Those happy childhood days
And the times I had when just a lad
On Carn’s lovely braes
And when my mind is thus inclined
No other joys I know
For my heart remains on the verdant plains
Near the winding river Roe

Benbradagh’s crown o’er Dungiven town
Is still within my view
And the Benedy Glen I worshipped then
Still lives in memory too
The beautiful scene of Cashel Green
Still haunts where ere I go
And in all my dreams I see it seems
The winding river Roe

If fortune smiles on me a while
I’ll cross the sea again
And all those years of toil and tears
Will be forgotten then
And when at last my life has passed
Contentedly I’ll go
Across the sea to the Benedy
And the winding river Roe

Cara Dillon

Cara Dillon


Sweet Liberty

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