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from The Long Grey Line by Debra Cowan



(trad. arr. Cowan)

Recorded by many, this song comes from the Irish tradition and has a “young girl is made promises that aren’t kept” theme. I like the strength of character this young lass shows, thus, the upbeat arrangement.


One evening fair, I took the air
Down by Blackwaterside
Was gazing all around me
The Irish lad I spied

All through the first part of the night
We lay in sport and play
‘Til this young man arose and gathered his clothes
Saying, "Fare thee well today"

That's not the promise that you made to me
When first you lay on my breast
You could make me believe with your lying tongue
That the sun rose in the west

Go home, go home to your father's garden
You go home and weep your fill
And think upon your own misfortune
That you've brought with your wanton will

There's not a girl in this whole town
As easily led as I
Sure the fishes will fly and the seas will run dry
Then it’s married you and I

One evening fair I took the air


from The Long Grey Line, released January 23, 2001
Vocal and guitar: Debra Cowan


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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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