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by Bella Hardy

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Bella Hardy's brooding follow-up to the award winning 'Songs Lost & Stolen'

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released 22 April 2013

Featuring Bella Hardy & The Midnight Watch
Bella Hardy: Singing, Fiddle, Clonky Piano
Anna Massie: Guitar, Banjo, Vocals
Angus Lyon: Piano, Rhodes, Accordion, Vocals
James Lindsay: Double Bass, Vocals
Mattie Foulds: Percussion, Sneaky Piano

Produced by Mattie Foulds
All songs published by Domino Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS)
Recorded and mixed by Mattie Foulds at Mobile With A Home Studios, Heriot Toun
Mastered by Stuart Hamilton, Castlesound Studios, Pencaitland Photographs by Louis DeCarlo
Design by Emma Hardy at Noe Design
Noe Records NOE06

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Track Name: Good Man's Wife
I've been loving you
Like a soldier in the peacetime waiting for the war
With my heart on the horizon and one eye on the door

I'd swallowed up my pride
And the tears that made my throat raw, conceded my defeat
When that sound came to my window so neat and so complete
Gypsy voices, singing
Dum...

Bought by a man with gold and silver and shoes, and a promise Thought I'd be a good man's wife and life would be complete
But the nights turned cold and the moon changed her face and my temper
And you looked right through me, like you never knew me

I've been loving you
Like the frosted trees of winter, waiting for the spring
But my heart was sweetly melted when first I heard him sing
Oh my dark eyed gypsy
Dum...

I kicked off my heels and I dressed in leather
And I straight ran down the stairs to my true love
He said “Will you go with me my darling one, my dearie?
And I swear Lord Cassilis will ne'er come near thee”

What care I for feather beds?
'll be sleeping in the fields for such a love as this
Let Lord Cassilis keep his money, I'll keep my gypsy's kiss
And his soft voice singing
Dum...
Track Name: Whisky You're The Devil
Oh now brave boys, you're marching off to foreign wars
Drums a' beating, banners flying
The Devil, tonight my home you'll see
Love fare thee well

Oh, whisky you're the devil, you're leading me astray
Over hills and mountains and to Americay
You're sweeter, stronger, decenter than any man my way
Whisky you're my darling drunk or sober

If you've no taste for whisky, let wormwood steal your soul
If you're looking for false hearted girls
The Devil, tonight my home you'll see
Love fare thee well

The sea's too full of witchcraft, you'll sooner sink than swim
But if you reach the furthest shore
The Devil, tonight my home you'll see
Love fare thee well

They say new friends are silver, and old friends they are gold
But when your friends have drunk you dry
The Devil, tonight my home you'll see
Love fare thee well
Track Name: True Hearted Girl
When I was on horseback, wasn't I pretty
When I was on horseback at the break of the day
Wasn't I pretty when I rode from the city
And met with my downfall on the first day of May

Come mother, come father, and sit down beside me
Come sit down beside me and hear my sad case
For my poor heart it is breaking, and my head it is aching
And my soldier has left me in shame and disgrace

Why couldn't he tell me before he disordered me
Why didn't he tell me his secret in time
For I could have bought pills, and the salts of white mercury
But now I am done for, and cut down in my prime

So beat the drum slowly, and play the pipes lowly
Play me a dead march as we come along
And lift my wretched body and lay me down easy
I'm a true hearted girl, never meant to do wrong
Track Name: Yellow Handkerchief
All my friends and all you flash girls, take a warning by me
And never build your nest at the top of the tree
For the green leaves they will wither and the roots will decay
And the beauty of a young girl so soon fades away

Once I had the colour as red as the rose
But now I am pale as the lily that grows
My looks are all gone like the men from my door
And it if wasn't for flash company I'd have never have been so poor

Singing and dancing were all my delight
And keeping flash company has ruined me quite
It's ruined me quite and a great many more
And if it wasn't for flash company I'd have never have been so poor

So take this yellow handkerchief in remembrance of me
And I hope you will wear it in your flash company
Flash company's been the ruin of me, and a great many more
And if it wasn't for flash company I'd have never have been so poor
Track Name: Three Pieces Of My Heart
I buried you down, I buried you deep deep down
I buried you down, I buried you deep deep down
I buried you down
Now my heart is in three pieces

The smallest of the three
Is trapped inside of me
A tiny shard that rattles where the whole thing used to be

The second follows you
As you drink through the town
And knows of every dark eyed girl that you parade around

Three pieces of my heart
Three pieces of my heart
Three pieces of my heart
Three pieces of my heart

The last piece wanders lost
But love, that was the cost
The biggest part of my poor heart had no-one left to trust

So a warning take by me
Don't share your love for free
For men will lie as surely as there's salt in the salt sea

Three pieces of my heart
Three pieces of my heart
Three pieces of my heart
Three pieces of my heart

I buried you down, I buried you deep deep down
I buried you down, I buried you deep deep down
Now my heart is in three pieces
Track Name: Sleeping Beauty
Ghosts by my bed I see when I'm waking
And I sigh to my sister, I'd rather be sleeping
Last night I dived in the deep blue sea with a man that loved me

Why couldn't I stay Sleeping Beauty?
In the broad light of day how the ugly shows in me
With my soft eyes closed I was his perfection

But here I stand before you now with my eyes wide open

The day has turned sour and it's only 10.30
I'm flighty and I'm lusty, and as she said, hell's murky
We go out and we live and we roam, and then we bring the worst of ourselves home again

Wars, they are lost before they're begun
For battles, they never go to plan
I'm a disappointment from the moment I rise to the moment I close my eyes

But here I stand before you now with my eyes wide open

Beware those who want their women to be roses without thorns
For life's as much in kisses as it is in blood and grit
Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it
Track Name: Through Lonesome Woods
Through lonesome woods I took my way
So dark so dark as dark can be
The leaves were shivering on every tree
Which don't you think was grief to me
Don't you think was grief to me

As I was going through Dibden town
I saw my true love sitting down
Saw another girl sitting on my man's knee
Which don't you think was grief to me
Don't you think was grief to me

I called my true love by his name
And up he rose and to me came
I gave him kisses by one two three
But none so sweet as he gave me
None so sweet as he gave to me

Now winter's gone, the summer's come
The small birds from their nest is flown
He's told me plainly unto my face
“You're not the young girl I love best
Not the young girl I love the best”

Through lonesome woods then I'll make my way
So dark so dark as dark can be
I'll never love if not loved by thee
Which don't you think is grief to me
Don't you think it's grief to me
Track Name: The Seventh Girl
An outlandish knight came from the north lands
And he scarcely could leave me alone
And he promised he take me the wide world to see
Oh fly home lost ladies, fly home
He said “Come fetch to me some of your father's bright gold
Fetch me some of your mother's own fee
And come fetch me the best nags from out of your yard
Where they stand full thirty and three
Where they stand full thirty and three”

She's mounted onto her silver-white horse
And he's mounted her father's strong grey
And they've rode till they've come to the rocky sea shore
Three dark hours before it was day
“Oh light off, light off your silver-white horse
And deliver yourself unto me
For six pretty girls have I drowned right here
And the seventh girl you now shall be
Oh the seventh girl you now shall be”

“Pull off, pull off your soft silken gown
And deliver it here unto me
For the fabric's too fine and too costly by far
To let rot in the cold briny sea
And pull off, pull off your good holland smock
And deliver it here unto me
For it seems like a waste to let such clothes be lost
While the fishes they nibble at thee
While the fishes they nibble at thee”

“Well if I must strip down full naked and bare
Cut the thorn that grows there by the brim
Or else it might catch in my curly gold hair
And tear my glittering skin”
Well he's taken his knife and he's turned to the thorn
That grows by the salt water's brim
But so speedy she's run and she's pushed him so hard
That she's thrown this false young man in
To the foam she's fast thrown him in

He's tumbled up high and he's tumbled down low
Till he's come to the rocky sea side, crying
“Catch hold of my hand, my pretty fair lady
And I will make you my bride”
“Oh lie there, lie there, you false hearted man
Make your bed in the deep briny blue
For six pretty girls have you drowned right here
But the seventh girl has drowned you
Oh the seventh girl has drowned you”
Track Name: Maybe You Might
If you
Find yourself following
The sound of laughter tumbling down the street
Find your feet
stumbling into that old pub where we used to meet

If you
Find your lips mumbling
The soft words to that song we used to sing
Maybe you might ring me
Maybe you might think to call
Or maybe you don't think at all

If you
Find your eyes wandering
And looking for that 'breakfast, no thanks' glance
Just the chance
of finding some gone Monday morning Sunday night romance

If you
Find the nights drawing in
And you're tired of another lonesome fling
Maybe you might ring me
Maybe you might think to call
Or maybe you don't think at all

If you
Find your lips mumbling
The soft words to that song we used to sing
Maybe you might ring me
Maybe you might think to call
Or maybe you don't think at all
Track Name: Drifting Away
Living for limelight, scared of the solitude
Looking for loneliness and scared of the crowds we need

We're not impressed with the fireworks
We're looking for Lucy's spiders in the sky
And we're broken down

How could I really expect you to stay
When even the moon's slowly drifting away?
Drifting away

The jigsaw's complete with pieces remaining
Bent down and worn out and no longer fitting

We didn't lose faith, the road rose up and took it
And we're broken down

I forgot what to sing, you forgot what to say
And even the moon's slowly drifting away
Drifting away...

We melted down the medals when the game went to our heads
We fired the philosophers and went back to our beds
We're looking for stars on an overcast day
And even the moon's slowly drifting away
Drifting away...
Track Name: One More Day
Have you heard the news, Charlie?
One more day
We're homeward bound tomorrow
One more day

Only one more day, Charlie
Only one more day
Oh rock and roll me over, Charlie
One more day

Heave and sight the anchor, Charlie
One more day
Oh heave and sight the anchor
One more day

Only one more day, Charlie
Only one more day
Oh rock and roll me over, Charlie
One more day

I'm bound away to leave you, Charlie
One more day
But I will not deceive you
One more day

Only one more day, Charlie
Only one more day
Oh rock and roll me over, Charlie
One more day

One more day, Charlie
One more day
Oh rock and roll me over, Charlie
One more day