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Adieu false heart, since we must part May the joys of the world go with you I've loved you long with a faithful heart But I never anymore do I b'lieve you My love is like the constant sun From the east to the west it ranges Yours is like unto the moon It's every month it changes When I lay down to take my rest No scornful one to wake me I'll go straight away unto the tomb As soon as time can take me
Fair you well, my little Annie darlin' Well I never expect to see you anymore I'm a crossing that old piney mountain Well I never expect to see you anymore Go and rock and feed the baby candy Well I never expect to see you anymore
Take me back to the place where I first saw the light To the sweet sunny south, take me home Where the mockingbirds sing me to sleep every night Oh why was I tempted to roam Take me back to the place where the orange trees grow To my plot in the evergreen shade Where the flowers from river's green margins did grow And spread their sweet scent through the glade Take me back let me see what is left that I knew Could it be that the old house is gone? Dear friends from childhood indeed must be few And I must face death all alone Still the path to our cottage they say has grown green And the place is quite lonesome around And I know that the smiles and the forms I have seen Now lie in the cold mossy ground
I'm going across that green, icy mountain If I don't take sick and die I'm going to see my lover If I don't take sick and die He told me that he did love me And he would until he died He threw his loving arms around me Like a grapevine 'round a gum
Charlie's neat and Charlie's sweet And Charlie he's a dandy Charlie, he's a magic man Who feeds the girls on candy I met him on one Sunday morning Humming sweet and low When I met his champagne eyes They never let me go He touched my cheek and whispered softly "Oh this life ain't long Winter's coming, I will warm you When you miss the sun" Take him home, he can't stay long He'll keep you with his charm One bright morning you will find A new girl on his arm Charlie's neat and Charlie's sweet And Charlie he's a dandy Darling, if you see him leave him He will leave you lonely
Cuckoo 02:45
Oh the cuckoo, she's a pretty bird And she warbles as she flies And she never hollers "cuckoo" Till the fourth day of July Gonna build me a log cabin On a mountain so high So I can see Willie When he goes riding by Little birdie, little birdie Come and sing me your song It's a short time for to stay here And a long time to be gone Well my horses, they ain't hungry And they won't eat your hay So I'll ride on a little further And they'll eat on the way
My feet they are sore and my limbs they are weary Long is the way and the mountains are wide Soon will a twilight close moonless and dreary Over the path of the poor orphan child Why did they send me so far and so lonely Up where the moores spread and gray rocks are piled Men are hard-hearted and kind angels only Watched o’er the steps of the poor orphan child Yet distant and soft the night breeze is blowing Clouds there are none and stars gleam high God in his mercy protection is showing Comfort and hope to the poor orphan child Even should I fall or the broken bridge passing Or stray in the marshes, by false light beguiled Still will my father with promise and blessing Take to his bosom the poor orphan child There is a thought that for strength avail me Thou’ll both have shelter and kindred despair Heaven is a home and rest will not fail me God is a friend to the poor orphan child
Wolvering 02:13
Blue eyes come inside Out from 'neath the weather Out from the cold and the chill Down by the fireside We can sing a song together I'll keep you warm if you're willing See how the moonlight shows Your path to my doorway A path to a world that cannot reach us Lord I pray for snow To fall and hide us away Recite the words that will keep us
I'm leaving you this lonesome song 'Cause I'll be gone long gone some day 'fore long I hear a train coming down the line When I leave I know you'll be behind Now don't you cry when I am gone When I hear your name I think of home
I was born in East Virginia North Carolina I did go There I met a fair young maiden But her name I did not know Her hair was dark and curly And her cheeks were rosy red On her breast she wore a white lilly Oh the tears that I have shed Papa says I must not marry Mama says you'll never do Little girl, if you are willing I will run away with you When I'm asleep I'm dreaming about you When I'm awake I have no rest Every moment feels like an hour Oh the pain flows through my breast I'd rather be in some dark hollow Where the sun don't ever shine For you to be some other man's darlin' When you ain't no longer mine I'd rather be dead in my coffin My pale face turned towards the sun Than to think you loved another When you promised to be mine
Dawn Chorus 01:05
However the night may wander And hardened be your heart, The morning breaks And softly wakes The chorus to the dawn
You are my flower That's blooming in the mountains for me You are my flower That's blooming there for me The grass is just as green The sky is just as blue The day is just as bright The birds are singing too The air is just as pure The sunlight just as free And nature seems to say It's all for you and me When summertime has passed And snow begins to fall We'll sing this song And say to one and all
Go to bed, rest you head "It'll be gone by the morning," she said No more crying, no more tears You'll be safe while I am here Two babes, hand in hand Braided hair with the salt and sand Knees scraped on the soured land Others gave their warnings Two babes on rocks they went Setting out while the storm came in Lured by the ocean wind From the foam's a-calling Just beneath the water's edge With gleaming eyes and hands outstretched Come with me child, I'll take you where You can dream forever
When death shall close these eyelids And my heart shall cease to beat And they lay me down to rest 'Neath some flowery boundary tree Will you miss me when I'm gone? Perhaps you'll plant a flower On my poor, unworthy grave And come sit along beside me When the roses nod and wave Will you miss me when I'm gone? One sweet thought my soul shall carry When this fleeting life has flown This sweet thought shall cheer when dying You will miss me when I'm gone Will you miss me when I'm gone?


This collection of songs was recorded in Wolverine, Michigan, over the course of one week in January 2015. When on the third day the access bridge flooded and iced over (with the propane tank soon to run out as well), the fireplace became an essential part of the session; you can hear the crackle sometimes as the songs fade in and out.


released June 16, 2015

The performances were captured live around a few microphones by Shane Leonard. Mixed and mastered by Kevin Ratterman at La La Land. Album artwork by Douglas Miller. Cherry Blossom photo by Amber Estes Thieneman. Design and layout by Russel Ihrig.

All songs performed are traditional except 8, 11, and 14. All songs arranged by Maiden Radio; "Cuckoo" arranged by Maiden Radio and Shane Leonard.


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