FAIRPORT CONVENTION : THE DESERTER [SONGS ABOUT YOUTH & CHILDHOOD]

Ένα παραδοσιακό εγγλέζικο τραγούδι του 18ου αιώνα, σε απαράμιλλη εκτέλεση από την Sandy Denny και τους Fairport Convention. Από το κλασικό τους άλμπουμ Liege And Lief του 1969.

A traditional 18th century English song, in an unparalleled performance by Sandy Denny & Fairport Convention. From their classic album Liege And Lief, 1969.

As I was a-walking along Radcliffe Highway
A recruiting party came a-beating my way
They enlisted me and treated me ’til I did not know
And to the Queen’s barracks they forced me to goWhen first I deserted, I thought myself free
Until my cruel comrade informed against me
I was quickly followed after and brought back with speed
I was handcuffed and guarded, heavy irons put on meCourt martial, court martial, they held upon me
And the sentence passed upon me: three-hundred-and-three
May the Lord have mercy on them for their sad cruelty
For now the Queen’s duty lies heavy on meWhen next I deserted, I thought myself free
Until my cruel sweetheart informed against me
I was quickly followed after and brought back with speed
I was handcuffed and guarded, heavy irons put on meCourt martial, court martial then quickly was got
And the sentence passed upon me: that I was to be shot
May the Lord have mercy on them for their sad cruelty
For now the Queen’s duty lies heavy on meThen up rode Prince Albert in his carriage-and-six
Saying, “Where is that young man whose coffin it is fixed?
Set him free from his irons and let him go free
For he’ll make a good soldier for his Queen and country.”

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3 Comments

  1. Resa September 9, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Oh My! I remember her beautiful voice, this music… but I could never who she was.
    Thank you!

  2. Oannes September 11, 2020 at 10:13 am

    I can’t hank you enough for mentioning this. If you asked me who’s my favorite singer of all times, man or woman, by any music genre, my immediate response would be: SANDY DENNY.

  3. Resa September 13, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    Beautiful voice… shivering at just the thought!

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