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Bridge of Dean

from Songs Lost & Stolen by Bella Hardy



Written by Bella Hardy


Bridge of Dean
Bella Hardy

Leith Waters run, Leith Waters flow
And time's washed down as melted snow
There sleeps the unnamed girl laid low
Weed tangled hair pulled to and fro
Her life dragged to the undertow
Down by the Bridge of Dean

All Hallow's Eve left ghosts there
In Bonfire Night's chill wood smoked air
Her same old path to home seemed strange
That friendly way so rearranged
Each well known tree took evil shape
Down by the Bridge of Dean

She's crossed Dean Bridge and dropped down right
And left behind safe city's lights
Gone wandering home quite out of sight
Each bang and flash of firework bright
Left her shaking by the riverside
Down by the Bridge of Dean

So scared she runs for Saunders Street
In tripping steps and heart skip beat
While man made thunder splits the sky
Hygieia cries as she runs by
But the roaring river spurs her own
Down by the Bridge of Dean

That creeping feeling something's wrong
She's glancing back and running on
Down to the arch and almost there
A hand grabs out behind the stair
Why can no-one hear her screaming there
Down by the Bridge of Dean?

The healing draughts of St. Bernard's Well
They could not help her as she fell
Down in the water still she lies
With reaching arms and pleading eyes
But no-one knows as they walk by
Down by the Bridge of Dean

No sign to mark the place
Save a lonely pink glove half buried in mud
Oh sing on high you church bells toll
An hourly mass for the unnamed girl
For her lonely lost forgotten soul
Down by the Bridge of Dean


from Songs Lost & Stolen, released April 17, 2011


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“Brit folk's finest” Mojo Magazine • “Enduringly seductive” The Telegraph • “A fine, no-nonsense interpreter of traditional music and an excellent songwriter” The Guardian • “An aura of sophisti-cation that will win over listeners who never set foot in a folk club” The Sunday Times • “…a shining star in the folk scene’s firmament” fRoots Magazine • “A triumph of folk art-pop” Songlines Magazine ... more

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