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Anna Dixie (Lal Waterson)

from Greening The Dark by Debra Cowan



Based on a true story from the early 1800s, the late Lal Waterson tells this sad tale of a girl meeting her lover and falling into a “mantrap” set by her father. As with many of Lal’s songs, the poetry in the lyrics and the music come together in a haunting piece of storytelling. Thank you, Norma Waterson for guiding us in our version.


A yeoman farmer he loved me dearly
So did my father but not that clearly
Trying to spoil things for my man and me
He set a trap would break the back of any tree

Now my man and me went walking
My man did all of the talking
Down by Bosworth Park
Greening the dark
Taking the long way back
I fell in my father's trap
Causing the birds above to wake up

Over there and under him
The horse supporting Richard my king
Began galloping too fast for him
The horse's hooves came tumbling down
Close by my burying ground
Forever we are bound on Redmore plain

Oh my name is Anna Dixie
My father killed me
Resting peacefully Oh no not me
Lay me beyond Cheyney lest I come search for thee
Dress me up grandly lest I scare thee

A yeoman farmer he loved me dearly
So did my father but not that clearly


from Greening The Dark, released September 3, 2019
Debra Cowan: Vocals
Duke Levine : Guitars, Banjo
Richard Gates: Bass Guitar
Joyce Andersen: Fiddle
Dave Mattacks: Drums, Cymbals, Percussion, Keyboards


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Debra Cowan Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Singer Debra Cowan performs a cappella and with guitar, interpreting a wide range of folk songs. Debra has two acclaimed solo recordings to her credit, and her third, “Fond Desire Farewell” was produced by former Fairport Convention drummer Dave Mattacks. A former California resident, she now resides in Massachusetts and tours all over North America and the United Kingdom. ... more

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