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Blackthorn

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Published on Jan 14, 2013

Blackthorn - Folk song, arranged Andy Roberts for podcast #54

http://andyroberts.me/wiki/Blackthorn

Blackthorn Lyrics

I'd sooner go hedging than build a stone wall
All pick up and place it and hope it don't fall
When the east wind blows bitter and keen through the trees
I'd sooner lay blackthorn than dry wall and freeze

I'd sooner go hedging, the best thing I know
For anger and anguish and woman made woe
No matter how hurt or insulted I feel
A tussle with blackthorn will help it to heal

I'd sooner go hedging than read in a book
For more you get thinking the darker things look
Since study and weeping are hard on the eyes
I'd sooner lay blackthorn than learn from be wise

I'd sooner go hedging than seek all my days
For wealth or position or other men's praise
Plain billhook and axe are the tools of my trade
Six shillings a chain is the rate I am paid

I'd sooner go hedging than lie in my bed
For a woman grows sourer the longer we'm wed
But much as I grieve for our loving when young
I'd sooner lay blackthorn than suffer her tongue

I'd sooner go hedging but come next spring
I'll be up and be gone like a bird on the wing
And all I shall miss when I reach my new home
Will be hedges to slash at and blackthorn in bloom

I'd sooner drink blackthorn when it brings forth its sloe
Its rheumy red liquor's the best that I know
Well it slips down your throat and it makes you feel good
You may drink all your fine wines but you know that I would
sooner DRINK blackthorn

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