Joy's Coming Fast

by Emily Groff

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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
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Katy Cruel 02:39
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)
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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
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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...
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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
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Grace Nugent 03:14
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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
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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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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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