May You Always – Lyrics

1. Jolly Rovin’ Tar – Traditional

2. May You Always – words & music by Nancy Beaudette ©2017 Moonlit Pond Records (SOCAN) 

3. Reeds On The River -words & music by Nancy Beaudette ©2015 Moonlit Pond Records (SOCAN)

4. I Know My Love – Traditional

5. Song For The Mira – Allister MacGillivray ©1975 Cabot Trail Music Ltd. (SOCAN)

6. Miss Martha – Melinda Kerwin ©2014 (ASCAP)/ Barney’s Shenanigans & Barney Get Home – Aisling Keating ©2016 (ASCAP)

7. Wild Mountain Thyme & Sommarvals – Traditional

8. Molly Kool –words & music by Nancy Beaudette ©2017 Moonlit Pond Records (SOCAN)

9. Last Rose Of Summer – Christine Hatch (ASCAP) & Kate Chadbourne (BMI) ©2007 Moonlit Pond Records (SOCAN)

10. Daffodils -words & music by Nancy Beaudette & Aisling Keating ©2017 Moonlit Pond Records (SOCAN)

11. Mariners of England -words & music by Nancy Beaudette ©2017 Moonlit Pond Records (SOCAN) (Adapted from “Ye Mariners of England” by British poet Thomas Campbell in 1800)

12. Walk In The Irish Rain – words & music by Steve Spurgin ©Bum’s Rush Music (BMI)

13. Another Goodnight – words & music by Melinda Kerwin & Nancy Beaudette ©2017 Moonlit Pond Records (SOCAN)

 

 

  1. Jolly Rovin’ TarTraditional

 

Ships may come, and ships may go, as long as the sea does roll.

Each sailor lad, just like his dad, he loves the flowing bowl.

A trip on shore, he does adore, with a GIRL who’s nice and round.

But when the money’s gone it’s the same old song,

“Get up Jack! John, sit down!”

 

Chorus

Come along, come along, you jolly brave boys,

There’s lots of grog in the jar.

We’ll plough the briny ocean with the jolly roving tar.

 

When Jack comes in, it’s then he’ll steer, t’ward some old boarding house.

They’ll welcome him, with rum and gin, and feed him on pork scouse.

He’ll lend spend, and he’ll not offend, ‘til he’s lyin’ drunk on the ground

When the money’s gone it’s the same old song, “Get up Jack! John, sit down!”

 

Jack he then, oh then he’ll sail, bound down for Newfoundland

All the ladies fair, in Placentia there, they love that sailor man.

He’ll go to shore, out on a tear, and he’ll buy some girl a gown.

When the money’s gone it’s the same old song, “Get up Jack! John, sit down!”

 

When Jack gets old, and weather beat, too old to roam about,

They’ll let him stop, in some rum shop, ‘til eight bells calls him out.

Then he’ll raise his eyes, up to the skies, sayin’ “Boys, we’re homeward bound.”

When the money’s gone it’s the same old song, – “Get up Jack! John, sit down!”

 

 

  1. May You Always

Words & Music by Nancy Beaudette ©2017 Moonlit Pond Records (SOCAN)

 

May you always have four walls

When the wind is blowing high

And a roof for the rain

An’ a fire to sit beside

May laughter cheer you on

And those that you love dear

And all your heart desires

Be yours throughout the year

 

Chorus

May the tide that brings good fortune

Come ashore wherever you be

And cross over the threshold

To the castle of your dreams

 

May you always have good work

For both your hands to do

A pocket in your apron

To hold a coin or two

Sun shine through your window

To brighten up the gray

And a friend that you can call upon

When the blue won’t go away

 

May you always have warm words

When the world is feeling cold

And room for a stranger

When a knock comes to your door

A full moon on a dark night

To light the path you’re on

And angels to protect you

And everyone you love

 

 

  1. Reeds On The River

Words & Music by Nancy Beaudette ©2015 Moonlit Pond Records (SOCAN)

 

Ragged and wrinkled, callused and hard

He sang an old tune while he sat at the bar

I pulled in beside him to listen for words

In a melody sweet it was sadness I heard

 

May I kindly ask what your song is about?

He glanced at me sideways with a shy tinge of doubt

It’s a song from my father from before time began

But I knew not its meaning ‘til I was a man

 

Chorus 

Like reeds on the river bow to the boat

Bend your will to the current or sink if you don’t

Set your heart on the wind; let it wisp with the clouds

Lest the weight of life catch you       and tether you down

 

I tried to dig deeper but he wouldn’t oblige

We sat there in silence and sipped on a pint

I began to consider the meaning myself

Of choices and changes and the hand I was dealt

 

It may take years for this song to make sense

But I think that it’s saying don’t live in regret

Go live your dreams, have a story to tell

But keep your eyes wide open and a hand on the helm

 

 

  1. I Know My Love – Traditional

I know my love by his way of walking

And I know my love by his way of talking

And I know my love by his suit of blue

But if my love leaves me what would I do

 

Chorus

And still she cried I love him the best

But a troubled mind sure can know no rest

And yet she cried bonny boys are few yet

If my love leaves me what would do

 

There is a dance house in Maradyke

And it’s there my dear love goes each night

And he takes a strange girl all on his knee

And don’t you think that it vexes me

 

If my love knew I could wash and wring

And if my love knew I could I could weave and spin

I could make a suit all of the finest kind

But the want of money it leaves me behind

 

I know my love is an errant rover

I know he’ll wander the wide world over

In dear old Ireland he’ll no longer tarry

An American girl he’s sure to marry

 

 

  1. Song For the Mira

Words & Music by Allister MacGillivray ©1975 Cabot Trail Music Ltd.

 

Out on the Myra on warm afternoons

Old men go fishing with black line and spoon

And if they catch nothing they never complain

I wish I was with them again

As boys in their boats call to girls on the shore

Teasing the one that they dearly adore

And into the evening the courting begins

I wish I was with them again

 

Chorus

Can you imagine a piece of the universe

More fit for princes and kings?

I’ll trade you ten of your cities

For Marion Bridge and the pleasure it brings

 

Out on the Myra on soft summer nights

Bonfires blaze to the children’s delight

They dance round the flames singing songs with their friends

I wish I was with them again – CHORUS

 

Now I’ll conclude with a wish you go well

Sweet be your dreams, may your happiness swell

I’ll leave you here, for my journey begins

I’m going to be with them, going to be with them

I’m going to be with them again

 

  1. Miss Martha, Barney’s Shenanigans and Barney Get Home

Miss Marth written by Melinda Kerwin, Barney’s Jigs written by Aisling Keathing ©2017 Moonlit Pond Records

 

  1. Wild Mountain ThymeTraditional

Oh the summertime is coming

And the trees are sweetly blooming

And the wild mountain thyme

Blooms around the purple heather.

 

Chorus

Will you go, lassie, go?

And we’ll all go together

To pull wild mountain thyme

All around the bloomin’ heather.

Will you go, Lassie, go.

 

I will build my love a bower

By yon clear and crystal fountain

And on it I will place

All the flowers of the mountain

 

If my true love will not go

I would surely find another

To pull wild mountain thyme

All around the bloomin’ heather

 

8- Molly Kool

Words & Music by Nancy Beaudette ©2017 Moonlit Pond Records (SOCAN)

 

In a world of ships and men

Molly’s runnin’ a scow from stern to stem

In wind and fog and snow

Up the coast and back again

 

Chorus

Hey Boys don’t mess with Molly

She’ll break you if you do

Hey Boys don’t mess with Molly

Unless you’re a just a fool

Don’t mess with Molly Kool

 

At the helm of the Jeanie K

Hauling lumber down the Fundy Bay

They called her a petticoat girl

But never had the guts to disobey

 

The sea was in her veins

Her hands were strong and her heart was brave

She loved rollin’ waves

And nothing could ever get in her way

 

9- The Last Rose of Summer

Words & Music by Christine Hatch & Kate Chadbourne ©2007 Moonlit Pond Records (SOCAN)

 

Just before the frost of October

Cleaning up the leaves and the stalks

Working in my mother’s garden

Racing with winds and the clocks

 

I hear my mother’s footsteps behind me

Shuffling through the leaves and the grass

She lays a gentle hand of my shoulder

And she says to me “did you notice that?”

 

The last rose of summer

She’s hanging on to the vine

She’s beautiful strong yet fragile

She doesn’t care about time

 

She takes my arm we walk together

We talk about how much we love the rain

We speak of how our lives go on forever

If only in the blossom that remains

 

The last rose of summer

She’s hanging on to the vine

She’s beautiful strong yet fragile

She doesn’t care about time

 

And the maple tree dawned a skirt of shadow

And high up in the sky a vee of geese

Off to the southland they’ll travel

Speaking to the flying thing in me

 

And that last rose of summer

I know she’ll always be here

I’ll look for her come autumn

When all the other flowers disappear

When all the other flowers disappear

 

10- Daffodils  

Words & Music by Nancy Beaudette & Aisling Keating ©2017 Moonlit Pond Records (SOCAN)
(Adapted from “I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud” – a poem by William Wordsworth)

 

I wandered lonely as a cloud

Floating o’re the highest hills

When all at once I saw a crowd

A host of golden daffodils

Beside the lake, beneath the trees

Fluttering in the breeze

 

Chorus

They stretched across the Irish land, ten

Ten thousand saw I at a glance

A never-ending golden dance

 

Stars above could not compare

Nor sparkling waves upon the sea

Bewildered is this poet fair

To be in such sweet company

And I gazed with little thought

For the wealth they brought

 

So often on my bed I lie

In a quiet pensive mood

They flash upon my inward eye

‘Tis the bliss of solitude

Then my heart with pleasure fills

And dances with daffodils

 

11- Mariners of England

Words & Music by Nancy Beaudette ©2014 Moonlit Pond Records (SOCAN)
(Adapted from “Ye Mariners of England” by British poet Thomas Campbell in 1800)

Oh Mariners of England, Young guardians at sea

Whose flag has braved, The battle and breeze

Your glorious standard, Will match any foe

And sweep through the deep, While the stormy wind blows

 

Chorus

Let it blow, pitch and roll

Hold fast, don’t let go

Let it blow, heave and groan

You’re almost home

 

The spirit of your fathers, Rolls or’e every wave

The deck was their fame, The ocean their grave

Where fell Blake and Nelson, Your mighty hearts glow

As you sweep through the deep, And the stormy wind blows – chorus

 

O – o – oh –o-o O – o ,   o – o – oh –o-o-O

 

So march or’e the waves, While they tower so steep

For her land to protect, And her honour to keep

‘Til danger has parted, And peace again flows

You’ll sweep through the deep, While the stormy wind blows – chorus

 

O – o – oh –o-o O – o ,   o – o – oh –o-o-O

 

12-Walk in the Irish Rain

Words & Music by Steve Spurgin ©Bum’s Rush Music (BMI)

 

When the sun goes down o’er Dublin town

The colors last for hours, oh

The lights come on, the night’s a song

And the streets all turn to gold.

A gentle mist all heaven kissed

Like teardrops off an angel’s wing

Don’t you know you’ll cleanse your soul

With a walk in the Irish rain.

 

Chorus

Oh, Katherine, take my hand

I’ve got three pounds and change

And I’ll sing you songs of love again

And when I get too drunk to sing

We’ll walk in the Irish rain.

 

Forever more I’ve stepped ashore

My sailing days are over, oh

Through time and tide and by your side

Together we’ll grow old.

I threw my sea bag in the bin

And brought these pretty flowers home

Kiss me Kate, we’ll celebrate

Before the bloom is gone.

 

A tinker and a tailor and a drunken old sailor

They all get together and they start to play

Time stands still while they drink their fill

And shout ’til the break of day.

Sweet little lady with a glass of stout

Sippin’ it down ’til the foam runs out

She’ll help her old man home again

With a walk in the Irish rain.

 

13- Another Goodnight

Words & Music by Melinda Kerwin & Nancy Beaudette ©2015 Moonlit Pond Records (SOCAN)

 

If I let go your hand

And bid you adieu

You must make a promise this eve

To savor this kiss

And always be true

And dream of no other but me

 

Chorus

Good night sweet love, Good night

‘Til the darkness brings the light of the dawn

And you’re back in my arms

Right where you belong

‘Til then, it’s another goodnight

 

If you should wander

Or follow the wind

Remember me in the sunrise

Pray the path that you roam

Will bring you back home

Then you will surely be mine

 

If fate be tyrant

And keep you away

My heart will forever be torn

Longing for daybreak

Lying awake

Waiting for you to return

 

 

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