Heart of the Hills Vol. 2

by Mardell McCombs

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    In vol. 2 you will find:

    Noble knights and fair ladies.

    Ignoble knights and faithless ladies.

    A dastardly villain gets his comeuppance!

    The sorrows and pleasures of love.

    Bonnie Prince Charlie takes the cake.

    A lively groundhog hunt. (Hey Grandpa! What’s for supper?)

    And the ever popular talking parrot.

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released September 16, 2019

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Track Name: Shady Grove
SHADY GROVE traditional

Shady Grove, my little love
Shady Grove I know
Shady Grove my little love
Bound for Shady Grove

Cheeks as red as the blooming rose
Eyes of deepest brown
You’re the darling of my heart
Stay till the sun goes down

Wish I had a big fine horse
Corn to feed him on
Pretty little one stay with me
Feed him when I’m gone

Shady Grove, my little love
Shady Grove I know
Shady Grove my little love
Bound for Shady Grove

Went to see my Shady Grove
Standing in the door
Shoes and stockings in her hand
Little bare feet on the floor

When I was a little boy
I wanted a barlow knife
Now I want little Shady Grove
To say she’ll be my wife

Shady Grove, my little love
Shady Grove I say
Shady Grove my little love
Don’t wait till the judgement day
Track Name: Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair
BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY TRUE LOVE'S HAIR traditional

Black is the color of my true loves hair
His face is something wondrous fair
The prettiest eyes and the neatest hands
I love the ground whereon he stands

I love my love and well he knows
I love the ground whereon he goes
If you on earth no more I see
I can't serve you as you have me

the winter's past and the leaves are green
The time is past that we have seen
But still I hope the time will come
When you and I will be as one

I go to the Clyde to mourn to weep
Unsatisfied I never can sleep
I'll write to you a few little lines
I'll suffer death ten thousand times

Black is the color of my true love hair
His face is something wondrous fair
The prettiest eyes and the neatest hands
I love the ground whereon he stands
Track Name: The Gypsy Laddie
THE GYPSY LADDIE traditional

An English lord came home one night
Inquiring for his lady
The servants said on every hand
She's gone with the gypsy laddie

Go and saddle up my milk-white steed
Go and saddle up my brownie
And I will ride both night and day
Till I overtake my bonnie

Oh he rode east and he rode west
Until at last he found her
She was lying in the green green grass
And the gypsy's arms all around her

How can you leave your house and lands
How can you leave your babies
How can you leave your silks so fine
To be a gypsy's bonnie?

Oh come go home with me my love
Come home and be my lover
I'll furnish you with a room so neat
With a silken bed and cover

I won't go home with you kind sir
Nor will I be your lover
I care not for your room so neat
Or a silken bed and cover

It's I can leave my house and lands
And I can leave my babies
I'm a-going to roam this whole world round
And be a gypsy's bonnie

Well soon this lady changed her mind
Her clothes grew old and faded
Her shoes and clothes came off her feet
And left them bare and naked

What befell this lady next
I think is worth relating
Her gypsy found another love
And left her heart a-breaking
Track Name: Over The River Charlie
OVER THE RIVER CHARLIE Traditional

Charlie's neat and Charlie's sweet
Charlie he's a dandy
Charlie he's the very lad
That stole my striped candy

Over the river to feed my sheep
Over the river Charlie
Over the river to feed my sheep
And measure up my barley

My pretty little pink
I once did think
I never could do without you
But now that I've lost all hopes of you
I care very little about you

Over the river to feed my sheep
Over the river Charlie
Over the river to feed my sheep
And measure up my barley

Don't want your wheat
Don't want your cheat
And neither do I want your barley
But I'll take a little of the best you've got
To bake a cake for Charlie

Over the river to feed my sheep
Over the river Charlie
Over the river to feed my sheep
And measure up my barley
Track Name: The House Carpenter
THE HOUSE CARPENTER traditional

Well met, well met my own true love
Well met, well met said he
I have come from far across the sea
And it's all for the sake of thee

I could have married a kings daughter fair
Oh she would have married me
But I have forsaken the crown of gold
And it's all for the sake of thee

If you could have married a kings daughter sir
I'm sure I'm not too blame
For I have married me a house carpenter
And I'm sure he's a fine young man

Oh won't you leave your house carpenter
and sail away with me
I'll take you to where the grass grows green
Down in sweet Italy

But if I leave my house carpenter
And sail away with ye
What will you have to maintain me upon
While we are far across the sea

Well I've twelve ships upon the sea
Twelve more upon the land
Twelve and twenty bold sailor-men
To be all at your command

She turned herself three times around
Kissed her babies one, two, three
Farewell, farewell my sweet little babes
Keep your father sweet company

They had not sailed but about two weeks
I'm sure it was not three
When that lady began to weep
And she wept most bitterly

Are you weeping for your house carpenter
Are you weeping for your store
Or are you weeping for your sweet little babes
That you never shall see anymore?

Not a-weeping for my house carpenter
Not a-weeping for my store
Yes I'm weeping for my sweet little babes
That I never shall see anymore

They had not sailed but about three weeks
I'm sure it was not four
When that ship sprang a leak and she sank
And she sank to rise no more

What hills, what hills so fair so white
What hills so white and fair
Well those be the hills of heaven my dear
But you won't never go there

What hills, what hills so dark, so black
What hills as black as coal
Well those be the hills of hell my dear
And it's there that you must surely go

I wish I'd never seen your face
Wish I'd never seen your gold
I wish I was back with my little carpenter
For he would never use me so
Track Name: Groundhog
GROUNDHOG traditional

Whet up your knife and whistle up your dog
Whet up your knife and whistle up your dog
We’re off to the woods to catch a groundhog
Whack fol diddle lolly day

‘Pears we’re gonna need a ten foot pole
“Pears we’re gonna need a ten foot pole
To twist that whistle pig outta his hole
Whack fol diddle lolly day

Bess and Rover done got him treed
Bess and Rover done got him treed
Biggest ol’ groundhog I ever seed
Whack fol diddle lolly day

Look at them dogs, they’re goin’ wild
Look at them dogs, they’re goin’ wild
They’ll eat that hog fore he’s cooked or biled
Whack fol diddle lolly day

Work, boys work as fast as you can
Work, boys work as fast as you can
Skin him and clean him and throw him in the pan
Whack fol diddle lolly day

Up steps Johnny with a snigger and a grin
Up steps Johnny with a snigger and a grin
Groundhog grease all over his chin
Whack fol diddle lolly day

Cornbread in the skillet and butter in the churn
Cornbread in the skillet and butter in the churn
If that ain’t groundhog, I’ll be durned
Whack fol diddle lolly day
Whack fol diddle lolly day
Track Name: False Sir John
FALSE SIR JOHN traditional

False Sir John a'wooing came
To a lady fine and fair
May Colvin was this lady's name
And her father's only heir
Her father's only heir

He wooed her while she spun the thread
And while she made the hay
Until he gained her low consent
To mount and ride away
To mount and ride away

It's bring me some of your father's gold
And some of your mother's fee
And I'll take you to a far off place
And there we'll married be
And there we'll married be

She's gone into her father's coffers
Where all of his monies lay
She's took the yellow and left the white
And lightly skipped away
And lightly skipped away

She'e gone into her father's stables
Where all of his steeds did stand
She's took the best and left the worst
In all of her father's lands
In all of her father's lands

She's mounted on a milk white steed
And he on a dapple grey
And they rode till they come to a lonesome place
A cliff by the side of the sea
A cliff by the side of the sea

Light down, light down, said False Sir John
Your bridal bed you see
It's seven women have I drowned here
And the eighth one you shall be
The eighth one you shall be

Have, have off, your holland smock
Embroidered all around
For it's too fine and costly
To rot on the cold cold ground
To rot on the cold cold ground

Have off, have off your silks so fine
And lay them on a stone
For they're too fine and costly
To rot in the salt sea foam
To rot in the salt sea foam

Have off, have off, your leather gloves
Likewise your handsome shoes
For they're too fine and costly
To drown in the sea with you
To drown in the sea with you

Turn around, turn around, oh False Sir John
And gaze at the leaves on the tree
For it don't become a gentleman
A naked woman to see
A naked woman to see

As False Sir John has turned around
To gaze at the leaves on the tree
She made a dash with her tender little arms
And pushed him into the sea
And pushed him into the sea

Oh help! Oh help! May Colvin
Oh, help! Or I shall drown
I'll take thee back to thy father's house
And lightly set thee down
And lightly set thee down

No help, no help oh False Sir John
No help will you get from me
Thy bed's no colder to thee Sir
Than you thought to give to me
Than you thought to give it to me

She's mounted on the milk white steed
And led the dapple grey
And rode till she come to her father's house
At the breaking of the day
The breaking of the day

Then up and spoke her little parrot
Said May Colvin where have you been
And what have you done with False Sir John
Who went with you riding
Who went with you riding

Hold your tongue, hold your tongue, my pretty parrot
And tell no tales on me
And I'll buy you a cage of beaten gold
With spokes of ivory
With spokes of ivory
Track Name: What'll I Do With The Baby-O?
WHAT’LL I DO WITH THE BABY-O traditional

What’ll I do with the baby-o
What’ll I do with the baby-o
What’ll I do with the baby-o
If he won’t go to sleepy-o

Wrap him up in calico
Wrap him up in calico
Wrap him up in calico
Send him to his mammy-o

What’ll I do with the baby-o
What’ll I do with the baby-o
What’ll I do with the baby-o
If he won’t go to sleepy-o

Pull his nose and tickle his chin
Pull his nose and tickle his chin
Pull his nose and tickle his chin
Wrap him up in the countypin

What’ll I do with the baby-o
What’ll I do with the baby-o
What’ll I do with the baby-o
If he won’t go to sleepy-o

Dance him north and dance him south
Dance him north and dance him south
Dance him north and dance him south
Pour a little moonshine in his mouth

What’ll I do with the baby-o
What’ll I do with the baby-o
What’ll I do with the baby-o
If he won’t go to sleepy-o

Every time that baby cries
Stick my find in the baby’s eyes
That’s what I’ll do with the baby-o
That’s what I’ll do with the baby-o
Track Name: I Never Will Marry
I NEVER WILL MARRY traditional

One morning I rambled
Down by the seashore
And the wind it did whistle
And the waves they did roar

I spied a pretty fair maid
She gave a pitiful cry
And it sounded so lonesome
It swept up so high

Said William to Molly
If you will agree
To give your consent, love
To marry me

My mind is to marry
And never to part
For the first time I saw you
You wounded my heart

Go away from me William
And leave me alone
For I'm just a poor girl
And a long ways from home

I never will marry
I'll be no man's wife
I expect to live single
All the days of my life

The shell in the ocean
Shall be my death-bed
While the fish in deep waters
Swim over my head

She cast her fair body
In the water so deep
And closed her pretty blue eyes
Forever to sleep
Track Name: Lord Thomas And Fair Ellender
LORD THOMAS AND FAIR ELLENDER traditional

O mother O mother come riddle it down
Come riddle three hearts as one
O shall I marry Fair Ellender
Or bring the Brown Girl home
Well the Brown Girl she's got house and lands
Fair Ellender, she has none
So the best advice I can give you my son
Is to bring me the Brown Girl home

He rode till he came to Fair Ellender's gate
He drew all in his rein
No one so ready as Fair Ellender herself
To rise and bid him come in
O what's the news? Lord Thomas she cried
What's the news you have brung to me
I've come to ask you to my wedding day
Now what do you think of me

O mother O mother come riddle it down
Come riddle three hearts as one
O shall I go to Lord Thomas' wedding
Or stay at home and mourn
Well the Brown Girl, she's go business there
You know that you have got none
So the best advice I can give you my daughter
Is to stay at home and mourn

Fair Ellender dressed in a snow white gown
Her maids they dressed all in green
And every town that they rode through
They took her to be some queen
She rode till she came to Lord Thomas' gate
She drew all in her rein
No one so happy as Lord Thomas himself
To rise and bid her come in

Lord Thomas he drew her by his side
As they strode through the hall
He sat her down in a fine rocking chair
Amongst those ladies all
Is this your bride? Lord Thomas she cried
She looks so wonderful brown
You could have married as fair a maid
As ever the sun shone on

Dispraise her not Fair Ellender he cried
Dispraise her not to me
For I think more of your little finger
Than of her whole body
O the Brown Girl had a little pen knife
It being both keen and sharp
Betwixt the long ribs and the short
Pierced Fair Ellender to the heart

O what's the matter Lord Thomas he cried
You look so pale and wan
You used to have as rosy a color
As ever the sun shone on
O are you blind? Lord Thomas she cried
How is it you cannot see
O can't you see my own heart's blood
Go trailing down to my knee

Lord Thomas he drew his sword by his side
As he ran through the hall
He cut off the head of his bonny brown bride
And kicked it against the wall
Then placing the handle to the wall
And the dagger towards his heart
Said did you ever see three true loves meet
Who had so soon to part

O mother O mother go and make my bed
Make it both long and deep
And bury Fair Ellender by my side
And the Brown Girl at my feet

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