Joy's Coming Fast

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Folk harp and alto voice. Five traditional Irish instrumentals and seven songs both traditional and new, telling of love, death, joy, and bitterness.

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released December 15, 2018

Produced by Shar Bacchus
Photo by Sharon Mollerus

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Track Name: Mountain Field
It's one more year this mountain field I'll till

It's one more year this mountain field I'll till

No stones or buried sticks again to play me tricks

Oh, I wish I knew my darlin's heart so well



When it was fine and dry I prayed for rain

When it was fine and dry I prayed for rain

But when those drops did fall many weeds grew tall

Well, it's then I wished the sun would shine again



A farmer plants by season and by sign

A farmer plants by season and by sign

Not so love's fragile seed; It's sown in time of need

And it will not grow but by its own design
Track Name: Katy Cruel
When first I came to town

They called me the rovin' jewel

Now they've changed their tune

They call me Katy Cruel



I know who I am

I know who's going with me

I know who I love

But the Lord knows if I'll marry



Little lallie day, oh the little lee-oh day, and

All that I am that I would be

Then I would be what I am not

But I am what I must be

What I would be I cannot

Little lallie day, oh the little lee-oh day



When first I came to town

They brought me the bottle plenty

Now they've changed their tune

They bring me the bottles empty



I'll dye my petticoats red

And face them with the yellow

Then I'll tell all the lads

My own heart I will follow



(Chorus)



It's down the road I go

And through the boggy mire

Straight way cross the town

And to my heart's desire



And all that I am that I would be

Then I would be what I am not

But I am what I must be

What I would be I cannot



(Chorus)
Track Name: Leaboy's Lassie
First when I came to the town

The called me proud and saucy

Now they've changed my name

Called me the leaboy's lassie



First when I came to the town

They called me young and bonny

Now they've changed my name

Called me the leaboy's honey



I'll dye my petticoats red

And face them with the yellow

I'll tell the dyster lad

That the leaboy I'm tae follow



Over hills and dales

And over dikes and ditches

So well I like the lad

Who wears the moleskin britches



Feather beds are fine

And painted rooms are bonny

But I would leave them all

To jog along with Johnny



Oh, for Saturday night

It's I that'll see my dearie

He'll come whistling in

When I am tired and weary
Track Name: Bridget O'Malley
Oh Bridget O'Malley, you have left my heart shaken

With a hopeless desolation, I'll have you to know

It's the wonders of admiration your quiet face has taken

And your beauty will haunt me wherever I go



The white moon o'er the pale sand, the pale star above the thorn tree

Are cold beside my darling, but no purer than she

I gaze upon the cold moon 'til the stars drown in the warm sea

And the bright eyes of my darling are never on me



My Sunday is weary, my Sunday it is gray now

My heart is a cold thing, my heart is a stone

All joy is dead in me, my life has gone away now

Some other has taken my love for his own



The day it is approaching when we were to be married

And it's rather I would die than live only to grieve

Oh meet me my darling where the sun sets o'er the barley

And I'll wait for you there, on the road to Drumslieve



Oh Bridget O'Malley, you have left my heart shaken...
Track Name: The Twa Corbies
As I was walking all alane

I heard twa corbies makin' mane

And t'ane untae the t'ither did say-o

Whaur sall we gang and dine today-o

Whaur sall we gang and dine today



It's in ahind yon auld fail dike

I wot there lies a new slain knight

And naebody kens that he lies there-o

But his hawk and his hound and his lady fair-o

His hawk and his hound and his lady fair



His hawk has tae the hunting gane

His hound tae fetch the wild cock hame

His lady's ta'en anither mate-o

So we maun mak' oor dinner swate-o

We maun mak' oor dinner swate



It's ye'll sit on his white hoosebane

And I'll pike oot his bonny blue e'en

And wi' a lock o' his gauden hair-o

We'll theeck oor nest when it grows bare-o

Theeck oor nest when it grows bare



It's many a ane for him mak's mane

But nane sall ken whaur he is gane

And o'er his bones when they lie bare-o

The wind sall blaw forever mair-o

The wind sall blaw forever mair
Track Name: The Land o' the Leal
I'm wearing awa', John

Like snow wreaths in thaw, John

I'm wearing awa'

To the land o' the leal

There's no sorrow there, John

There's neither cold nor care, John

The day is aye fair

In the land o' the leal



Our bonny bairn is there, John

She was both good and fair, John

And ah, we grudged her sair

To the land o' the leal

But sorrow's self wears past, John

And joy's a-coming fast, John

The joy that's aye to last

In the land o' the leal



Now dry your glistening e'e, John

My soul longs to be free, John

And angels beckon me

To the land o' the leal

But hold you leal and true, John

Your day is wearing through, John

And I will welcome you

To the land o' the leal



I'm wearing awa', John

Like snow wreaths in thaw, John

I'm wearing awa'

To the land o' the leal

So fare you well, my ain John

This world's cares are vain, John

We'll meet and we'll be fain

In the land o' the leal
Track Name: To My Old Brown Earth
To my old brown earth

And to my old blue sky

I'll now give

These last few molecules of "I"



And you who sing

And you who stand nearby

I do charge you not to cry



Guard well our human chain

Watch well you keep it strong

As long as sun will shine



And this our home

Keep pure and sweet and green

For now I'm yours

And you are also mine

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