Heart of the Hills Vol. 3

by Mardell McCombs

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    In Volume 3:

    More medieval melodrama!

    Including, but not limited too-

    Murder, mysticism, magic, marriage, tragic love and cruel vengeance.

    An elfin knight, a wicked sister and a Really Creepy Town.

    Another talking bird. (A very fine bird.)

    And a ram worthy of P. T. Barnum.

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released September 16, 2019

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Track Name: Barbry Allen
BARBRY ALLEN traditional

Twas in the merry month of May
When the green buds they were a'swelling
Young William Greene on his death bed lay
For the love of Barbry Allen

He sent a message to the town
To the place where she was a'dwellin
Saying master in sick and he sends for you
If your name be Barbry Allen

So holy, holy rose she up
And slowly came a'nigh him
And all that she said when she got there
Was young man I think you be dyin

Oh yes, I'm low, I'm very low
And death is on me a'dwellin
No better, no better I'll never be
If I can't have Barbry Allen

Oh yes, you're low, you're very low
And death is on you a'dwellin
No better, no better you'll never be
For you can't have Barbry Allen

For don't you remember in yonder's town
In yonder's town a'drinkin
You pledged your health to the ladies all round
And slighted Barbry Allen

Oh yes, I remember in yonder's town
In yonder's town a'drinkin
I gave my health to the ladies all round
But my heart to Barbry Allen

He turned his pale face to the wall
And death was on him a'dwellin
Adieu, adieu, sweet friends one and all
Adieu, sweet Barbry Allen

And as she crossed the fields for home
She heard the death bell a'knellin
And every stroke it seemed to say
Hard hearted Barbry Allen

Oh mother, mother, make my bed
Make it soft and narrow
My love he has died for me today
I'll die for him tomorrow

They buried him in the old church tower
And buried Barbry a'nigh him
And out of his heart there grew a red rose
And out of Barbry's a briar

They grew and they grew up the old church tower
Till they could grow no higher
And there they tied a true lover's knot
For all true love's to admire

Twas in the merry month of May
When the green buds they were a'swellin
Young William Greene on his death bed lay
For the love of Barbry Allen
Track Name: The Darby Ram
THE DARBY RAM traditional

As I went out to Darby
All on a market day
I spied the finest ram, Sir
That was ever fed on hay

And he rambled
Didn’t he ramble
Rambled all around
In and out of town
Well he rambled
Didn’t he ramble
He rambled till those butchers cut him down

This ram he had a horn, Sir
It reached up to the moon
The children went up in January
Didn’t come back till June

And he rambled
Didn’t he ramble
Rambled all around
In and out of town
Well he rambled
Didn’t he ramble
He rambled till those butchers cut him down

The wool upon his back, Sir
It reached up to the sky
The eagles made their nests there
For I heard the young ones cry

And he rambled
Didn’t he ramble
Rambled all around
In and out of town
Well he rambled
Didn’t he ramble
He rambled till those butchers cut him down

This ram he had a tail, Sir
It was too long to tell
Stretched out clear to Ireland
And rang St. Patrick’s bell

And he rambled
Didn’t he ramble
Rambled all around
In and out of town
Well he rambled
Didn’t he ramble
He rambled till those butchers cut him down

He had four feet to walk, Sir
He had four feet to stand
And every foot he had, Sir
Covered an acre of land

And he rambled
Didn’t he ramble
Rambled all around
In and out of town
Well he rambled
Didn’t he ramble
He rambled till those butchers cut him down

As I went out to Darby
All on a market day
I spied the finest ram, Sir
That was ever fed on hay

And he rambled
Didn’t he ramble
Rambled all around
In and out of town
Well he rambled
Didn’t he ramble
He rambled till those butchers cut him down
He rambled till those butchers cut him down
Yes he rambled till those butchers cut him down
Track Name: Nottamun Town
NOTTAMUN TOWN traditional

In Nottamun Town
Not a soul did look up
Not a soul did look up
Not a soul did look down
Not a soul did look up
Not a soul did look down
To show me the way to fair Nottamun Town

I rode a grey horse
Twas a mule roany mare
Grey mane and grey tail
Grey stripe down her back
Grey mane and grey tail
Grey stripe down her back
And not a spot on her be what was coal black

She stood so still
She threw me to the dirt
She tore my hide
And bruised my shirt
From saddle to stirrup
I mounted again
And on my ten toes I rode over the plain

Met the King and the Queen
And a company more
A riding behind
And a marching before
Came a stark nekkid drummer
A beatin' a drum
With his hand in his bosom come marching along

They laughed and they smiled
Not a soul did look gay
They talked all the while
Not a word did they say
I bought me a quart
To drive gladness away
And to stifle the dust for it rained the whole day

Sat down on a hard, hot cold frozen stone
Ten thousand stood round me
And yet I was alone
Took my hat in my hand
To keep my head warm
Ten thousand got drowned that never was born

In Nottamun Town
Not a soul did look up
Not a soul did look up
Not a soul did look down
Not a soul did look up
Not a soul did look down
To show me the way to fair Nottamun Town
Track Name: I Wonder When I Shall Be Married
I WONDER WHEN I SHALL BE MARRIED traditional

I wonder when I shall be married
Oh, be married, oh, be married
I wonder when I shall be married
For my beauty's beginning to fade

My mother she is so willing
Oh, so willing, oh, so willing
My mother she is so willing
For she's got four daughters besides

My father has forty good shillings
Oh, gold shillings, oh, good shillings
My father has forty good shillings
And they will be mine when he dies

My shoes they have gone to be mended
Oh, be mended, oh, be mended
My shoes they have gone to be mended
And my petticoat's gone to dye green

And they will be ready on Sunday
Oh, on Sunday, oh, on Sunday
Yes they will be ready on Sunday
Oh, say won't I look like a queen

I wonder when I shall be married
Oh, be married, oh, be married
I wonder when I shall be married
For my beauty's beginning to fade
For my beauty's beginning to fade
Track Name: Bachelor's Hall
BACHELOR'S HALL traditional

Oh hard is my fortune
And hard is my fate
Controlled by my mother so early and late
And when I get married to end all this strife
Controlled by a man for the rest of my life

Oh the young men go courting
They stay out all night
Get drunk in the morning and they look a sight
They'll saddle their horses, they'll rock and they'll reel
Daggum them old girls, how sleepy I do feel!

When the young men go courting
They dress up so fine
They'll tease the girls up that is all their design
They'll titter, they'll tatter, they'll laugh and they'll lie
They'll tease the girls up till they're ready to die

Oh, Bachelor's Hall, it is bound to be best
Get drunk or stay sober, lay down take your rest
No woman to scold you, no young'uns to bawl
So happy is the man who keeps Bachelor's Hall
Track Name: Lady Margot And Love Henry
LADY MARGOT AND LOVE HENRY traditional

Lady Margot sat in her bowing room
Afore she went to bed
Oh she heard the sound of a musical horn
And it made her body sad
It made her body sad

Lady Margot stood in her bowing door
In her bowing door stood she
And when she heard his bridle ring
It made her full merry
It made her full merry

Light down, light down, Love Henry
And spend the night with me
For I have a bed and a very fine bed
And I'll share it up with thee
I'll share it up with thee

I cannot light, I will not light
And pass the night with thee
For there is a girl in the merry merry lea
And I love her full many times more
I love her full many times more

He bended over the garden wall
He gave her kisses three
But with the penknife she held in her hand
she stabbed him heartily
She stabbed him heartily

Woe be, woe be my love cried he
To all your family
For don't you see my own heart's blood
Come flowing down at my knee?
Come flowing down at my knee

I'll ride off East, I'll ride to the West
I'll ride o'er land and sea
To find some curing doctor
To come and cure me
To come and cure me

You needn't ride East, you needn't ride West
You daren't ride under the sun
For there's ne'er a doctor in all Scotland
To cure what Margot's done
To cure what Margot's done
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She called her tender maidens
She bade for them to stand
Said: All the gowns I ever wear
Shall be at your command
Shall be at your command

One took him by his golden hair
One took him by his feet
One took him by the lily-white hand
And she by the middle so neat
And she by the middle so neat

The drug him to that doleful well
They dropped him with a sound
Lie there, lie there, Love Henry
Where you will ne'er be found
Where you will ne'er be found

Up spake a bird, a very fine bird
With a nest in the valley green
Ah woe betide thee cruel girl
He loved no one but thee
He loved no one but thee

Light down, light down, my fine pretty bird
And peck wheat off my knee
And your cage shall be made of the beaten gold
Instead of the willow tree
Instead of the willow tree

I cannot light, I will not light
And peck wheat off your knee
For you could kill a bird as well
As you killed Love Henry
As you killed Love Henry

I wish I had my little bow
My dart and tuneful string
I'd shoot you through your lying heart
As you do sit and sing
As you do sit and sing

But you've not got your little bow
To shoot me from this tree
So I will fly the King's highway
And tell this mean story
And tell this mean story
Track Name: Lord Randall
LORD RANDALL traditional

O where have you been, Lord Randall, my son
And where have you been, my handsome young man
I’ve been to the greenwood, mother make my bed soon
For I’m wearied with hunting and fain would lie down

And who met ye there, Lord Randall my son
And who met ye there, my handsome young man
I met with my sweetheart, mother make my bed soon
For I’m wearied with hunting and fain would lie down

And what did she give you, Lord Randall my son
And what did she give you, my darling young one
Eels boiled in broth mother, make my bed soon
For I’m wearied with hunting and fain would lie down

And who got your leavings, Lord Randall my son
And who got your leavings, my handsome young man
My horses and hounds, mother make my bed soon
For I’m wearied with hunting and fain would lie down

And what became of them, Lord Randall my son
And what became of them, my handsome young man
They stretched out and died, mother make my bed soon
For I’m wearied with hunting and fain would lie down

O I fear you’ve been poisoned, Lord Randall my son
I fear you’ve been poisoned, my handsome young man
O yes, I’ve been poisoned, mother make my bed soon
For I’m sick at the heart and I fain would lie down

What do ye leave your mother, Lord Randall my son
What do ye leave your mother my handsome young man
Four and twenty milk cows, mother make my bed soon
For I’m sick at the heart and I fain would lie down

What do ye leave your sister, Lord Randal my son
What do ye leave your sister, my handsome young man
My gold and my silver, mother make my bed soon
For I’m sick at the heart and I fain would lie down

What do you leave your brother, Lord Randall my son
What do you leave your brother, my handsome young man
My houses and lands, mother make my bed soon
For I’m sick at the heart and I fain would lie down

What do you leave your true love, Lord Randall my son
What do you leave your true love, my handsome young man
Her I leave hell and fire, mother make my bed soon
For I’m sick at the heart and I fain would lie down

O where have you been, Lord Randall, my son
And where have you been, my handsome young man
I’ve been to the greenwood, mother make my bed soon
For I’m wearied with hunting and fain would lie down
Track Name: Tam Lin
TAM LIN traditional

I forbid you maidens all that wear gold in your hair
To travel down to Carterhaugh for young Tam Lin is there

None that go by Carterhaugh but they leave him a pledge
For he will take their mantle green or else their maidenhead

Janet tied her kirtle green a bit above her knee
And she's gone down to Carterhaugh as fast as go can she

She'd not but pulled a double rose, a rose but only two
When up then came young Tam Lin, says "Lady, pull no more

And why come you to Carterhaugh without command from me
I’ll come and go, young Janet said, "and ask no leave of thee

Janet tied her kirtle green a bit above her knee
And she's gone to her father as fast as go can she

Well, up then spoke her father dear and he spoke meek and mild
Oh, and alas, Janet, he said, I think you go with child

Well, if that be so, Janet said, myself shall bear the blame
There's not a knight in all your hall shall get this baby's name

For if my love were earthly knight as he is elfin grey
I'd not change my own true love for any knight you have

Janet tied her kirtle green a bit above her knee
And she's gone down to Carterhaugh as fast as go can she

Oh, tell to me, Tam Lin, she said, why came you here to dwell
The Queen of Faeries caught me when from my horse I fell

And at the end of seven years she pays a tithe to Hell
I so fair and full of flesh and feared it be myself

But tonight is Hallowe'en the faerie folk do ride
Those that would their true love win at Miles Cross they must bide

First let past the horses black and then let past the brown
Run quickly to the white steed and pull the rider down

For I'll ride on the white steed, the nearest to the town
Because I was an earthly knight, they give me that renown

Oh, they will turn me in your arms to a newt or snake
But hold me tight and fear not, I am your baby's father

And they will turn me in your arms into a lion bold
But hold me tight and fear not and you will love your child

And they will turn me in your arms into a naked knight
But cloak me in your mantle and keep me out of sight

In the middle of the night she heard the bridle ring
She heeded what he did say and young Tam Lin did win

Then up spoke the Faerie Queen, an angry queen was she
Woe betide her ill-fought face, an ill death may she die

Oh, had I known, Tam Lin," she said, "what this night I did see
I'd have looked him in the eyes and turned him to a tree
Track Name: The Two Sisters
THE TWO SISTERS traditional

There were two sisters of County Clare
Oh, the wind and the rain
One was dark and the other was fair
Oh the dreadful wind and rain

And they both were in love with the miller’s son
Oh the wind and the rain
But he was fond of the fairest one
Oh the dreadful wind and rain

So she pushed her into the river to drown
Oh the wind and the rain
And watched her as she floated down
Oh, the dreadful wind and rain

She floated down to the Miller’s pond
Oh, the wind and rain
Dead on the water like a golden swan
Oh, the dreadful wind and rain

As she came to rest on the riverside
Oh the wind and the rain
Her bones were washed by the rolling tide
Oh, the dreadful wind and rain

Along the road came a fiddler fair
Oh the wind and rain
And found her bones just a lying’ there
Oh, the dreadful wind and rain

So he made a peg of her long finger bone
Crying oh the wind and rain
So he made a peg of her long finger bone
Crying’ oh the dreadful wind and rain

And he strung his fiddle bow with her long yellow hair
Oh the wind and rain
And he strung his fiddle bow with her long yellow hair
Oh the dreadful wind and rain

He made a fiddle of her breast bone
Cried oh, the wind and rain
He made a fiddle of her breast bone
Oh, the dreadful wind and rain

But the only tune that fiddle could play
Was oh, the wind and rain
The only tune that fiddle could play
Was oh, the dreadful wind and rain
Oh, the dreadful wind and rain

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