Below are the lyrics for my 'The Curious Tide' album in album order. To find out more about a particular song just click on the 'song notes' links under the song titles

 

Blacksmith

song notes

 

a blacksmith courted me
nine months and better
he fairly won my heart
wrote me a letter
with his hammer in his hand
he looked so clever
and if i was with my love
i would live forever

but where is my love gone
with his cheeks like roses
and his good black Billycock on
decked around with primroses
i fear the shining sun
may burn and scorch his beauty
and if i was with my love
i would do my duty

strange news is come to town
strange news is carried
strange news flies up and down
that my love is married
i wish them both much joy
though they can't hear me
and may God reward him well
for the slighting of me

don't you remember when
you lay beside me
and you said you'd marry me
and not deny me
if i said i'd marry you
it was only for to try you
so bring your witness love
and i'll not deny you

no, witness have i none
save God almighty
and may he reward you well
for the slighting of me
her lips grew pale and wan
it made a poor heart tremble
to think she loved a one
and he proved deceitful

a blacksmith courted me
nine months and better
he fairly won my heart
wrote me a letter
with his hammer in his hand
he looked so clever
and if i was with my love

i would live forever

 

Traditional English

 

 

Oliver Glover

song notes

 

my name it is

oliver glover

i have no mother father

sister or brother

iíve lived alone since 1963

with noone to love nor care for me

life gets lonely

life gets lonely

 

my name it is

oliver glover

how i miss my mother

and father

with his walking stick and his crippled right hand

arthritis in his lame leg itís painful when he stands

life gets lonely

life gets lonely

 

my name it is

oliver glover

i wish i still had my mother

and father

where i live there are all these gangs

i canít defend myself crippled as i am

life is lonely

life is lonely

 

my name it is

oliver glover

i have no mother father

sister or brother

oliver in his 77th year

after dark stays at home in fear

spends every night glued to his TV set

says iím lonely love but i donít wanna die yet

life is lonely

life is lonely

 

my name it is

 

© Michael Azzopardi

 

 

Young Edwin in the Lowlands Low

song notes

 

come all you wild young people
and listen to the song
that i will sing concerning gold
which guides so many wrong
young Emma was a servant-maid
and loved a sailor bold
he ploughed the main much gold to gain
for his love as we've been told

young Emma she did daily mourn
since Edwin first did roam
when seven years were past and gone
then Edwin hailed his home
he went unto young Emma's house
the store of gold to show
which he had gained upon the main
above the lowlands low

her father kept a public inn
it stood down by the sea
says Emma you can enter in
and there this night can be
i'll meet you in the morning
don't let my parents know
your name it is young Edwin
that ploughed the lowlands low

as Emma she lay sleeping
she had a frightful dream
she dreamt her love stood weeping
his blood poured in a stream
she rose up in the morning
and to her friends did go
because she loved him dearly
that ploughed the lowlands low

oh mother where's the stranger lad
came here last night to stay
oh he is dead no tales can tell
her father he did say
then father cruel father
you will die a public show
for murdering my Edwin
that ploughed the lowlands low

the fishes of the ocean
swim o'er my lover's breast
his body rolls in motion
i hope his soul at rest
how cruel were my parents
to prove his overthrow
and take the gold from one so bold
that ploughed the lowlands low

 

 Lyrics Traditional English

Music written by mja 

© michael azzopardi

 

 

Methuselah

song notes

 

you grow for a reason

you change

 we all change

we all have our season

then fade

 we all fade

 

all comes for leaving

nothing remains

 the same

your sun it is bleeding

you drain

you stain

 

(chorus)

look around you

noone in this crowd

will be here a hundred

years from now

we wonít be here a hundred

years from now

 

so tell me whatís there

to explain

that time and tide wonít

make plain

 

you say inside you feel

just the same

but they see only the lines

on your face

 

chorus

 

and those that judge you

by your age

will someday be

old and grey

 

once youíre alive

thereís no escape

we are all slaves

of decay

 

chorus

 

time can be treason

for the vain

you cannot reason

with age

we all age

 

© Michael Azzopardi

 

 

Bill Norrie

song notes

 

young Bill Norrie's a fine lad and he lives like the wind
eyes shine like the silver or gold in morning sun
oh friend John dear John do you see what i see
yonder stand the first woman that ever loved me
 
here is a glove a glove John itís lined with silver grey
give it to her and tell her to come to her young Billy
here is a ring a ring John itís all gold but the stone
give it to her and tell her to ask the leave of none
 
oh friend Billy dear Billy you know my love for thee
i'll not go to nobody to steal their wife away
oh friend John dear John swim not against the tide
be with me in this scheme John for i will be obeyed
 
John ran down to the high house he rang low at the door
who was there but this woman to let young Johnny in
here is a glove a glove lady lined with silver grey
bids you come to the greenwood to meet your young Billy
 
here is a ring a ring lady all gold but the stone
bids you come to the greenwood and ask the leave of none
husband stood in the shadow and an angry man was he
i never thought the man lived my love loved more than me
 
he's gone down to her room and dressed in her array
like some woman he's gone down to find this young Billy
young Billy sat in the greenwood and he whistled and he sang
yonder comes the woman that i have loved so long
 
Billy ran down and down there to meet her where she came
oh the sight that he saw his heart was still as stone
Billy ran down and down there to help her from her horse
And Oh and Oh he cries out woman was never so coarse
 
husband he had a long knife hanging by his knee
he took the head of young Billy off his fair body
he's run home and home there and down into his hall
tossed Billy's head to her there and Lady catch the ball
 
she's taken up the head there she's kissed it cheek and chin
i love better this head than all my kith and kin
she's taken up the head there and she hugged it to her womb
once i was full of this boy as the plum is of the stone
 
and when i was in my dad's house and my virginity
a young man come to my room and we got young Billy
and i birthed him in my room in secrecy and shame
i loved him in the greenwood all out in wind and rain
 
i will kiss his sweet head and I will kiss his chin
i will vow to stay true and i'll ne'er kiss man again
up and spoke the husband and a sad sad man was he
if i had known he was your son he would not have been killed by me

if i had known he was your son he would not have been killed by me

 

Traditional English

 

 

Belong

song notes

 

(chorus)

we belong to the earth

we belong to the sea

we belong to the skies above

but none of these belong to you or me

 

for all the stars in the universe

for  all the sand on every beach

for all the life that ever walked this earth

how important can we be

 

chorus

 

for all we take but donít deserve

for all our ignorance and our greed

for every human ever given birth

how many more can the earth feed

 

chorus

 

for all the gods that weíve adored

for every person thatís ever lived

for all the hands that pray for more

how many things will your god forgive

 

chorus

 

for every lesson ever taught

for all of our history

for all the wars ever fought

how selective are our memories

 

© Michael Azzopard

 

 

 

Wake

song notes

 

think of where you are at this point in time

where did it all begin

as the hours the days the years move on

the memory begins to thin

compared to the universe we are but babes

our lives pass us by in a second

yet we still close our minds and try to block it all out

because itís all beyond our comprehension

 

(chorus)

to belong to the now

to know where why and how

wake up to yourself

before itís too late

please wake

 

what if Narcissus had learnt how to swim

what if he were born blind

what if the world saw the you beneath your skin

and everyone had an open mind

in a perfect world all would be perfect

but how would you know youíre alive

with nothing to reflect on or push against

with no lows to accent the highs

 

chorus

 

perhaps lifeís a dream and in dying we wake

to find weíre alive again

with no memory of the life weíd just lived

trapped in a different skin

and what if the lessons we learn in this life

determine who or what we become in the next

and what if the mistakes we make in this one

we have to relive over and over again

 

 chorus

 

© Michael Azzopardi