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Jealous Words

from Fond Desire Farewell by Debra Cowan



© Richard Thompson

The great thing about Richard Thompson's songs are the many levels that can be found in his lyrics. Thanks to Gordon Campbell of Miglo Records in Auchtermuchty, Scotland for suggesting I record this song.


O sweet Rosie Lee
Like a sister to me
But you thought I was playing you smart

Jealous Words
Won’t lie still
In my heart

You saw us there dancing
And you thought us romancing
Suspicion has ripped us apart

Jealous Words
Won’t lie still
In my heart

With your interpretation
Of my reputation
You blinded yourself to the truth
To add some more weight
To your ramblings of late
Well, dear won’t you bring us some proof

How you cursed and you cried
When you locked me outside
You said I was bad from the start

Jealous Words
Won’t lie still
In my heart

O I knew when we met
You’d never forget
Each pothole and bump in the road
And if I left your side
What a blow to your pride
You’re that better than me, I suppose

O the doubt in me’s growing
And it hurts me just knowing
Another night’s sleep will depart

Jealous Words
Won’t lie still
In my heart

Jealous Words
Won’t lie still
In my heart

Jealous Words
Won’t lie still
In my heart


from Fond Desire Farewell, released April 28, 2009
Arranged and Produced by Dave Mattacks

Debra Cowan: Vocals, Acoustic guitar on “Wall...” “Night Owl...” “Salisbury...”, English Concertina on “Rainbow”, “Night Owl”
Dave Mattacks: Drums, Cymbals, Percussion, Piano, Pump Organ, Hammered Dulcimer, Wurlitzer Piano, Toy Piano
Duke Levine: Acoustic Guitar, Mandola, National Guitar, Octave Mandolin Marty Ballou: Upright Bass Joyce Andersen: Fiddle

With: Billy Novick: Clarinet and Wolf Ginandes:Tuba on “Alcohol”
Additional Vocals: Mike Barry on “Rainbow”, “Lili...” and “Yon Green Valley”
Ruth Peterson, Mike and Julie Barry on “Darkest Hour...” Mike, Julie and Liam Barry on “Lili...”


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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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