Ferryman's Daughter- Rug Mhuire Mac do Dhia

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Eva~ Guitar, Bodhran
Sage~ Irish Bouzouki
Arr. H&H

Ferryman's Daughter is an obscure Donovan song. In the tradition of celtic music of combining a song and tune, we follow it with Rug Mac, a traditional Medieval Irish carol.

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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

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from To Hold a Candle to the Devil, released December 7, 2014
Cover of a Donovan song
Arrangement by Halfpence and Haypenny

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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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