To Hold a Candle to the Devil

by Halfpence and Haypenny

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Produced by Halfpence and Haypenny
Engineered and Mixed by Alex and Jhon Renoir
Artwork by Eva Riihiluoma

Eva Riihiluoma~ vocals, classical guitar, mandola, bodhran, octave mandolin

Sage Arias~ mandola, Irish bouzouki, hurdy gurdy, banjo

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released December 7, 2014

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Halfpence and Haypenny Nevada City, California

Vintage music in the tradition of the Old World bardic minstrels. Renditions and original music, from sultry and haunted to soulful revelation.

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Track Name: Valley of Darkness
In the valley of darkness, I'm walkin alone
I've got my heart in a cradle
Cause everything's gone all wrong again
I might lose my footsteps, my light flicker in the wind
But as the dawn will rise, I'll see my way again

Trouble on Monday, Tuesday's so cold
Gettin' down on the weekend, it won't ease this weary soul
Take me back to that place where, life was simple and fine
Oh Lord take me back, take me back to that blessed time

In the valley of darkness, I'm walkin alone
I've got my heart in a cradle
Cause everything's gone all wrong again
I might lose my footsteps, my light flicker in the wind
But as the dawn will rise, I'll see my way again

Old habits might cost me, I can't bear to let em go
They might be takin' me under, but where else can I go
It's gonna take somethin' bigger, than myself to set me free
I'm prayin' good lord, I hope your grace can reach me

In the valley of darkness, I'm walkin alone
I've got my heart in a cradle
Cause everything's gone all wrong again
I might lose my footsteps, my light flicker in the wind
But as the dawn will rise, I'll see my way again

In the valley of darkness, I'm walkin alone
I've got my heart in a cradle
Cause everything's gone all wrong again
I might lose my footsteps, my light flicker in the wind
But as the dawn will rise, I'll see my way again
Track Name: Rattlin' Bones
Knockin at the window, tappin at the door
You hear the clatter of the rattlin bones
Give it all up, cause it's all gonna change
They'll make a racket till your mamas come home

Peices of the puzzle all scattered on the floor
You might never come back as you're duckin out the door
But the winds gonna blow like ya never known before
Make a racket till your mamas come home

Knockin at the window, tappin at the door
You hear the clatter of the rattlin bones
Give it all up, cause it's all gonna change
They'll make a racket till your papas come home

Tuck yourself away in a quiet little place
Oh, just a little rest in the empty space but
You know you can't hide without leavin a trace
They'll make a racket till your papas come home

Knockin at the window, tappin at the door
You hear the clatter of the rattlin bones
Give it all up, cause it's all gonna change
They'll make a racket till you're comin on home

Turn around the corner, double back tip it over
Still you see it comin lookin over your shoulder
Time to give it up cause it's all gonna change
They'll make a racket till you're comin' on home

Knockin at the window, tappin at the door
You hear the clatter of the rattlin bones
Give it all up, cause it's all gonna change
They'll make a racket till you're comin on home

Knockin at the window, tappin at the door
You hear the clatter of the rattlin bones
Give it all up, cause it's all gonna change
They'll make a racket till you're comin on home

You feel it in your hands and you feel it in your feet
Oh, you feel it in your chest when your heart skips a beat
Well it ain't so tidy bein' picked so clean
Make a racket till you're comin on home

Knockin at the window, tappin at the door
You hear the clatter of the rattlin bones
Give it all up, cause it's all gonna change
They'll make a racket till you're comin on home

Knockin at the window, tappin at the door
You hear the clatter of the rattlin bones
Give it all up, cause it's all gonna change
They'll make a racket till you're comin on home
Track Name: As I Roved Out
Who are you, me pretty fair maid,
Who are you, me honey?
Oh who are you, my pretty fair maid,
And who are you, me honey?
She answered me modestly, I am me mummy's darlin

With me
Too-ry-ay Fol-de-diddle-day Di-re fol-de-diddle Dai-rie oh

Oh will you come to me mammie's house,
When the moon is shining clearly?
Oh will you come to me mammie's house
When the moon is shining clearly?
I'll open the door and I'll let you in
And divil 'o one would hear us

With me
Too-ry-ay Fol-de-diddle-day Di-re fol-de-diddle Dai-rie oh

So I went to her house in the middle of the night
When the moon was shining clearly
Oh I went to her house in the middle of the night
When the moon was shining clearly
She opened the door and she let me in and divil the one did hear us

With me
Too-ry-ay Fol-de-diddle-day Di-re fol-de-diddle Dai-rie oh

She took me horse by the bridle and the bit
And led him to the stable
She took me horse by the bridle and the bit
And led him to the stable
Saying "There's plenty of oats for a soldier's horse,
To eat them if he's able"

With me
Too-ry-ay Fol-de-diddle-day Di-re fol-de-diddle Dai-rie oh

Then she took me by the lily-white hand
Led me to the table
Oh she took me now by the lily-white hand
and she led me to the table
"There's plenty of wine for a soldier boy,
To drink if you're able"

With me
Too-ry-ay Fol-de-diddle-day Di-re fol-de-diddle Dai-rie oh

Then she got up and she made the bed
Now she made it nice and easy
Oh she got up and she made the bed
Now she made it nice and easy
Oh she got up and she laid me down
"I hope to god you're able!"

With me
Too-ry-ay Fol-de-diddle-day Di-re fol-de-diddle Dai-rie oh

And there we lay till the break of day
Divil the one did hear us
And there we lay till the break of day
And divil the one did hear us
Then I arose and put on me clothes
"Darlin, I must leave you"

With me
Too-ry-ay Fol-de-diddle-day Di-re fol-de-diddle Dai-rie oh

Oh when will you return again
And when will we get married?
Oh when will you return again
And when will we get married?
When broken shells make Christmas bells
We might well get married

With me
Too-ry-ay Fol-de-diddle-day Di-re fol-de-diddle Dai-rie oh
Track Name: Touch of the Fae
Down by the riverbank, early in the morn
A fair young maid along a path well worn
A basket in her hand, a twinkle in her eye
To pick some berries for her grandmother's pie

The sun was just a'risin the brambles a'laden
She heard the bird song, a sweet serenadin
Turnin her head a pretty flower caught her eye
A thorn in her finger made the young girl cry

Chorus~
Lum da da dai, Dai da da~~~~~~~~~~~Dai da dai da dai

There by the bank he heard the tears of the maid
One look at the pretty lass his plan was a laid
A bundle of his herbs and the shyest of smiles
Out stepped the fairy boy his luck did try

May I tend to your wound that the black berry made
So sincere his look, her hand she gave
With eyes of the river and a voice of the wind
His touch was cool and a rhyme did he spin

Chorus

Oh on arrivin home her grandmother did run
Gatherin her up in a circle they spun
My girl nine days you've been gone without a trace
Put her hands on her shoulders, looked her square in the face

Oh the wise old woman now she knew right then
The dreamy look in her eye, the bundle in her hand
Speakin of the mornin she'd been gone for days
Lost to the world by the touch of the fae

Chorus

Well she set right to work, a weavin a charm
A thick magic in a ruby oh the spell to disarm
Around her neck as she slept for when she woke in the night
Down to the river her steps did alight

He was there awaitin a sadness in his eyes
When he saw the jewel sparkle in the soft moonlight
He kissed her on the brow, from the dream she awoke
In the mornin sun underneath the sturdy oak

Chorus

Heartbroken she wept there it seemed forever but the girl was bold
and twice as clever
This charm I can use for a passin through the veils
Come and go as I please, oh, a weave my own tale

Chorus
Track Name: King Henry
Let never a man a wooing wend
That lacketh things three,
A store of gold, and open heart,
And full of charity;
And this was seen of King Henry
Though he lay quite alone,
For he's taken him to a haunted hall
Seven miles from the town.

He's chased the deer now him before
And the doe down by the den
Till the fattest buck in all the flock
King Henry he has slain.
His huntsmen followed him to the hall
To make them burly cheer,
When loud the wind was heard to sound
And an earthquake rocked the floor.

And darkness covered all the hall
Where they sat at their meat,
The grey dogs, yowling, left their food
And crept to Henry's feet.
And louder howled the rising wind
And burst the fastened door,
And in there came a grisly ghost
Stramping on the floor.

Her head hit the roof-tree of the house,
Her middle you could not span,
Each frightened huntsman fled the hall
And left the king alone,
Her teeth were like the tether stakes,
Her nose like club or mell,
And nothing less she seemed to be
Than a fiend that comes form hell.

Some meat, some meat you King Henry,
Some meat you give to me,
Go kill your horse you King Henry
And bring him here to me;
Oh when he's slain his berry brown steed
It made his heart full sore,
For she's eaten him up both skin and bone
Left nothing but hide and hair.

More meat, more meat you King Henry
More meat you give to me,
Go Kill your greyhounds King Henry
And bring them here to me;
And when he's slain his good greyhounds,
It made his heart full sore,
She's eaten them up both skin and bone,
Left nothing but hide and hair.

More meat, more meat you King Henry
More meat you give to me,
Go kill your goshawks King Henry
And bring them here to me;
And when he's slain his gay goshawks,
It made his heart full sore,
She's eaten them up both skin and bone,
Left nothing but feathers bare.

Some drink, some drink you King Henry
Some drink you give to me,
Oh you sew up your horse's hide
And bring the drink to me,
And he's sewed up the bloody hide
A pipe of wine put in,
Now she's drank it up all in one draught
Left never a drop therein.

A bed, a bed oh you King Henry,
A bed you'll make for me,
Oh you pull the heather green
And make it soft for me;
And pulled has he the heather green
And made for her a bed,
And off he's taken his gay mantle
And o'er it he has spread.

Take off your clothes now King Henry
And lie down by my side,
Now swear, now swear you King Henry
To take me for your bride.
Oh God forbid, says King Henry,
That ever the like betide,
That ever a fiend that comes from hell
Should stretch down by my side.

When the night was gone and the day was come
And the sun shone through the hall,
The fairest lady that ever was seen
Lay between him and the wall.
I've met with many a gentle knight
That gave me such a fill,
But never before with a courteous knight
That gave me all my will
Track Name: Child Grove
Upon forgotten years is the tale of the lonely maid
Who'd heard of a myth of a wise old crone
Find the hidden path and a come upon her dwelling
A wish would come to pass that would never be undone

Long have I lived a life of burden, so now I'll travel
Seek and I will find her, or ever shall I roam
Tattered is my dress, how my hair hangs in curtains around me
Slaven to this hearth, cursed to live my life alone

In time she came upon the cottage, deep within the forest hidden
Surely there appeared the old woman of the lore
Far have you come, now I ask you what you seek my child
This magic it is strong, it can open any door

Oh a lover to carry me away in his arms forever
Now will you give to me the spell to have my way
My dear I can grant you this but warning I will give to you
Choose with your heart, or you shall be led astray

My parents oh they meant me well, they raised me up to wed a farmer
But I'll be leaving that burden far behind
Hastily she drank down the potion that the woman gave her
Set herself to finding the one who'd be her prize

Rushing off she headed for the village just beyond the woods
She'd heard of the prince who would visit on this day
Oh I know that his riches will lead me to a life of pleasure
Nevermore will I have to work my life away

Surely now his eyes they fell upon her all a robed in glamour
Sinking to his knees, she saw his love struck eyes
Ever have I dreamed of a lady who would be my treasure
Far have I sought for to take her as my bride

He took her hand to claim her, but grief would ever haunt her days
For there beyond she saw the one who'd always have her heart
Sorrow for a wedding gown would fit this lonely bride to be
The loyal knight he was her true love, they'd ever be apart
Track Name: House Carpenter
Well met, well met, my own true love
Well met, well met, cried he
I've just returned from the salt, salt sea
And it's all for the love of thee

Come in, come in, my own true love
And have a drink with me
It's been three quarters of a long, long year
Since together we have been

No I can't come in, I can't sit down
I have but a moment's time
They say that you're married to a house carpenter
And your love it will never be mine

I could have married the king's daughter dear
So free she was with me
But I have forsaken her crowns and her gold
And its all for the love of thee

Well, if you could have married
The king's daughter dear
I'm sure you are to blame
For I am married to a house carpenter
And I'm sure he's a fine young man

Oh, will you forsake your house carpenter
And go along with me?
I'll take you to where the grass grows green
To the banks of the sweet Dundee

Well, if I forsake upon my house carpenter
And go along with thee
What have you there to support me with
And keep me from slavery?

Well I have six ships they will soon be on land
And seven more at see
Three hundred ten all bold sailor men
At your command shall be

She picked up her tiny little babe
And kisses gave him three
Sayin, "Stay right here my darlin little babe,
And keep your papa company"

She dressed herself in a suit of red
Her maiden waist in green
And every town that she passed by
They took her to be some queen

They'd not been on that ship two weeks
Oh I swear now it was not three
When she spied his cloven foot
And began to weep most bitterly

Oh, are you weepin for your house and your land
Or are you weepin for your store
Or are you weepin for that house carpenter
That I am sure you will see no more

No I'm not weepin for my house and my land
Oh, I'm not weepin for my store
Oh I am weepin for that darlin little babe
That I never will see no more

Well, they'd not been on that ship three weeks
I'm sure it was not four
When that ship well it sprang a leak
And it drifted to the dark sea floor

What are those hills over yonder my love
They look as white as the snow
Those are the hills of heaven my dear
That you and I will never know

What are those hills over yonder my love
They look as black as the night
Those are the hills of hellfire my dear
Where you and I will unite

Oh I wish that I was with my house carpenter
I am sure he would treat me well
Here I am in the raging sea
My soul it is bound for hell

Well met, Well met, oh my own true love
Well me, well met, cried she
I've just returned from the salt, salt sea
And it's all for the love of thee
Oh, it's all for the love of thee
Track Name: Curtain Fall
Don't you want to be a sparklin child
We'll undo all the little knots we tie
We'll let the racket tumble out
If I linger in the shadow of a doubt I'll
Tip a penny in the fountain and let the curtain fall

Paint you in a brush that I've dipped in gold
My dear I see you startin to unfold
You caught me in an awkward smile my
Thoughts may linger on awhile
This is why my tounge got tied I let the curtain fall

Maybe in the later afternoon
I'll let a little thought reach right up, to the moon
You tell me that you have a plan to
Furnish a gypsy van
We'll make a good rock and roll band
Lets let the curtain fall

Now I see you standin at my door
I try to figure out why you've got those clothes all on
I want to see you bear it all
We're tender behind the walls
Won't you meet the best of me
Let's let the curtain fall

Out on the road we're free to fly
My dog is in the back and now we're passin by
Oh right on by
We're headed to the open spaces
Curing up the lonely places
I've had enough of common place
Let's let the curtain fall

In the morning I could cry
You come over and dry my eyes
You're sweeter than pumpkin pie
Let's let the curtain fall
Track Name: Ferryman's Daughter- Rug Mhuire Mac do Dhia
Way deep down in the greenwood, oh
A-rap, tap, tapping on a window
A young blade and a ramblin boy
A-crossed the wide river to go
The river was wide, the river was deep
And all within the cottage seemed asleep

By and by, a young girl came
Blinking sleep from her dark eye
She put her finger to her lip
So young and yet not so shy
The river and deep, the river and wide
He went to the scullery and step inside

I tell to ye a rovin' tale
Or recite to you a fable
If you will give to me some bread
And a little hot soup if you're able
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman my father is asleep

Then she put on a cloak of wool
And a pair of fine boots of deerskin
Lowering her pretty dark eye
When he caught a glimpse of her fair skin
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman my father is asleep

He laid her down in the greenwood, oh
Squirrel and a rabbit did a-scamper
He sang her the ancient a-roving tale
And melody did enchant her
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman her father lay asleep

They bid farewell by the riverbank
He looked long into her dark eye
An otter splashed and quickly sank
Greylag goose in the gray sky
The river is wide, the river is deep
The ferryman her father lay asleep
Track Name: Darlin' Cora
Wake up, wake up Darlin Cora
What makes you sleep so sound
Those highway robbers are comin
Just to tear your still house down

The first time I saw Darlin Cora
She was standin in the door
Her shoes and her stockings in her hand
Her feet are all over the floor

Go away from me Darlin Cora
Quit hanging around my bed
You pretty women run me distracted
Your corn liquor's killin me dead

Oh the next time I saw Darlin Cora
She was standin by the banks of the sea
She had two pistols strapped around her body
And a banjo on her knee

Last night I lay on my pillow
Last night I lay on my bed
Last night I lay on my pillow
And I dreamed my Darlin Cora was dead

Oh the last time I saw Darlin Cora
She'd a wine glass in her hand
She was drinkin the cold pizen liquor
With a low down sorry man

Go dig me a hole in the meadow
A hole in the cold, cold ground
Go dig me a hole in the meadow
Just to lay my Darlin Cora down

Don't you hear them bluebirds singin
They're singin that mournful sound
They're preaching at Darlin' Cora's funeral
In the lonesome graveyard ground

Wake up, wake up Darlin' Cora
What makes you sleep so sound
Those highway robbers are comin
Just to tear your still house down