Ribbons of Green / The Dream Waltz (Live)

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(live concert recording): A tale of May Day and maypoles and mournful maidens...

The Dream Waltz ~ A beautiful waltz by Cliff Stapleton that was introduced to us by Robert Harbron and seemed to fit perfectly.


She took the ribbons from out of her hair like one untying a dream
She said when I saw him I promised I’d wear my beautiful ribbons of green

He asked me to stay on the first of May and we would go walking at dawn
He’d take down my hair, in the woods we would lay, but now my ribbons are torn

And I’ve danced round the maypole now so many years, the colours I cannot undo
Nor can I begin to untangle my heart and shake off these ribbons of blue
For he is in love with some other girl, he told me last night in my bed
And won’t love another in all the wide world, so now my ribbons are red, she said,
My ribbons are red

I’ve danced round the maypole now so many times and woven the patterns so tight
These pretty garments grow smaller each day and it’s too late for ribbons of white
But a year to the day it’s the first of May and I will be dressed like a queen
I’ll find me a worthier man for to wear my beautiful ribbons of green
ribbons of green, ribbons of green, white, blue, ribbons of white, blue, red,
ribbons of blue, red, white, ribbons of red, white, blue,
ribbons of green

© Jennifer Crook 2010


from Black Fly EP, released February 22, 2010


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