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Eva~ Mandola, Vocals
Sage~ Irish Bouzouki
Traditional Irish/ Arr H&H

A song of a young girl who lures a soldier to her bed, her well laid plan goes awry.

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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

credits

from To Hold a Candle to the Devil, released December 7, 2014
Traditional Irish
Arrangement Halfpence and Haypenny

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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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