Wonderful Fairytale

by Bill Jones

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1.
1 We met when we were young in the arboretum’s light We shared a love of botany, we talked all through the night We talked all through the night, my love, and then as day began We kissed beneath the trees around us growing Growing, growing, and as the day began We kissed beneath the trees around us growing 2 I posed my love a question, a challenge for a prize He’d win my hand in marriage if the answer he surmised If the answer he surmised, my love, I promise we will wed Our love is like a tree so quickly growing Growing, growing, and I promise we will wed Our love is like a tree so quickly growing 3 This tree it does grow high and the needled leaves grow green Deciduous and conical, its golden crown is seen Its golden crown is seen, it hails from Europe and Japan Now all throughout our land this tree is growing Growing, growing, from Europe and Japan Now all throughout our land this tree is growing 4 It’s said that from enchantments this tree protects us all And evil spirits vanish when you burn the leaves in Fall So burn the leaves in Fall, my love, and tell to me the name Each moment passing by the riddle growing Growing, growing, and tell to me the name Each moment passing by the riddle growing 5 He threw his arms around me and danced me round and round He shouted out the answer and so happy was the sound He shouted out the answer, and he kissed me twice and ten Our laughter and our joy was ever growing Growing, growing, he kissed me twice and ten Our laughter and our joy was ever growing 6 In spring we will be married, we’ll walk beneath the boughs And underneath the flowering Larch we both will make our vows We both will make our vows, my love, enjoy our wedding bed And very soon our family will be growing Growing, growing, we’ll enjoy our wedding bed And very soon our family will be growing
2.
1 In the house she gets on with things that need doing daily In the house she sweeps crumbs from the floor Every day she works hard at cleaning things and scrubbing things It’s time to break away from her own Cinderella Chorus Lavender’s blue, Lavender’s green Slippers of glass kicked off by the Queen Snow White is tired, but the Miller is fine Where’s “ever after” in fairytale rhyme? 2 Now she's working by night, and writing in the daytime Now she's left all the housework, it's a mess Still she often hears the voice, you’re not the fairest of them all Until one day she took a hammer to the mirror Chorus 3 Every night she's home late, another list of questions Every night the race to spin the pile of gold Where's the walk in the morning, the kisses and the hand in hers? She's the Miller's Girl, and she can't find the answer Chorus She’s doing it for herself, she’s just got to try
3.
A Far Cry 03:53
1 Some you win, some you lose, some you steal some you choose You just walk away with everything Then the voice in your head, saying the things he said Leaves you with nothing And all the girls who taught me half the rules I’m older now but ev’ry inch a fool Calling out your name Chorus It’s a far, far cry from the devil to the sea It’s a far, far cry from you loving me It’s a far, far cry, wanna feel your loving arms around me Can you hear me? 2 See your eyes crying tears, they must be drowning you Keep your dreams here inside, they can’t take that from you Be a winner with a losing streak Be a loser with a smile It’s over now you made that clear to see So won’t you stay in these loving arms for baby one more night, baby one more night Chorus It’s a far, far cry from the devil to the sea It’s a far, far cry from you loving me It’s a far, far cry, wanna feel your loving arms around me Can you hear me calling you home? Chorus
4.
1 Two sisters played by the river wide, river wide Oh the river running dark and deep While a Johnny boy he walked on the other side Oh, the cold Susquehanna flows 2 Well he gave one sister flowers bright, flowers bright Rolled with the other one all through the loving night 3 So the sisters fought and they tumbled round, tumbled round Pushed their Johnny boy all into the river brown 4 Arm in arm they skipped on the river bank, river bank Watched him as he rose, cried out and his body sank 5 And the sisters laughed as they ran away, ran away Neither shed a tear nor thought of it any day 6 Poor Johnny boy floated long and far, long and far His bones were as white, white as the whitest star 7 And his long hair shone like a silken thread, silken thread Drifted and it dragged and caught in the river bed 8 But the fish carried him to the rocky shore, rocky shore Then they swam away, they knew they could do no more 9 Now his skull and hair like a violin, violin Played a little tune each time the wind blew in 10 And the words of the song sounded like this, like this Water may be thick, but blood it thicker is
5.
I could close my eyes, prepare to run The forest fires, the hidden sun I carry you, you're here with me The swan's nest by the alder tree A day of rest, a precious hour My mind is clear, my body sure We bring the future tumbling down My ruined shield, your thorny crown And I'll see you there, by guiding light Will you wait for me, be there with me My elfin knight I stand alone, the storm ahead A rainbow shimmers through, you said The one who thought to judge my path Negotiate the aftermath A day of peace, a light turned low The memory, the ‘told you so’ We build the future up once more A house of bricks, a roof of straw And I'll see you there, by guiding light Will you wait for me, be there with me My elfin knight
6.
Chorus The train gathers speed by the Wear County Line I'm coming home to you I’ve been far away for a long, lonely time I'm coming home to you I left on this train a very long time ago You didn't even notice I was gone But we both had some things that we needed to get over Did you make it too? You're coming into focus Chorus If I look I can see our lovers’ bench by the tree The one where we'd talk the day away The wood needs some mending, some love and tlc Will you meet me there? You're coming into focus Chorus There's the old farmhouse where our boys became men I can still hear them playing now Someone's fixed the thatch, and the windows gleam again I'll find you there? You're coming into focus Chorus There's the tiny chapel where my Niall’s lilies grow Together we’ve been there for loss and joy We danced down the aisle heel ‘fore heel and toe ‘fore toe Will I see you there? You're coming into focus Chorus
7.
1 I’ll tell of Humphrey Kynaston, from Shropshire he did hail His father the Castle Keeper left him a large entail Humphrey squandered all on horses, ale and fickle friends His wild heart led him woefully to lend Humphrey’s mum found for her son a lady rich to wed The dowry was soon frittered, upped his ruined wife and fled Trouble grew, and Humphrey’s wild ways he could ne’er curtail So the Sheriff got Humphrey ready for Debtor’s Gaol On looked stallion Beelzebub with magic powers of speed With his flashing hooves and master, away flew Humphrey’s steed 2 Living in a cave at Nescliff, Humphrey had long hours to think The villagers took pity, brought him hearty food and drink A bold plan came to Humphrey, he said “a highwayman I’ll be To rob the moneyed and set the poor man free” Wild Humphrey he found great acclaim as a robbing highwayman The sheriff and the local rich made a cunning ambush plan From Montford Bridge they took the planks so none could get away But Beelzebub flew them over and won the day The blacksmith’s boy helped Humphrey to hide his dark abode He shod Beelzebub backwards, to disguise which way he rode 3 One day word came to Humphrey, of a landlord he’d attacked It cost his struggling tenants dear, so he paid him duly back Then Lloyd of Aston invited Humphrey to dine and locked him in But Beelzebub vaulted walls, soared on the wind Wild Humphrey growing frail and old was pardoned by the King A mystic woman with magical powers came to sit with him Slipping her hood off, Humphrey recognised the smile she gave “My husband you’ve proved yourself both kind and brave” Hand in hand and happy, Humphrey Kynaston sweetly died But of his horse Beelzebub? Ne’er again was seen his hide!
8.
1 As I was walking all alone, I heard three ravens call and moan The elder to the young did say, where shall we gan and dine the day? In lowland field by mossy dyke, I see there lies a new slain knight Nobody knows that he lies there, but hawk and hound, and his lady fair Hawk and hound, and his lady fair 2 Now I can spy a fallow doe, as great with young as she might go She’s lifted up his wounded head, and kissed his lips so rosy red She’s laid the knight upon her back, and carried him to the earthen track She’s buried him with flint and sword, and joined him there for evermore Joined him there for evermore 3 There’s many searched while days are long, but none can fathom where he’s gone O’er his white bones the grass has grown, I hear the ravens call and moan May you be blessed with love so true, like fallow doe they will carry you Woe betide that lady fair, hawk and hound watch her everywhere Hawk and hound watch her everywhere
9.
Never A Lad 04:01
1 There's never a lad like my lad, drives to his days on time He's coalie black on workdays but on holidays he's fine He's gentle, warm and loving, tell me would it be a crime If ever I should let him go? Not a lad like mine Chorus Oh, never a lad like mine Oh, he'd never leave me Oh, never a lad like mine Oh, not a lad like mine 2 There's never a lad like my lad, valiant, strong and true The lasses are so fond of him, he's handsome and he's kind If ever he would leave me, well I don't know what I'd do Oh no, I'll never let him go, not a lad like mine Chorus 3 There's never a lad like my lad, he hurries straight home at night He greets me with a warm embrace, his kisses are divine And when we roll around in bed I pull him close and tight He knows I'd never let him go, not a lad like mine Chorus 4 There's never a lad like my lad, lately he's quick to leave And when I offer up a kiss he's tending to decline I pace the floor and wring my hands, I suffer and I grieve But still I'll never let him go, not a lad like mine Chorus 5 There's never a lad like my lad, he's with me night and day I greeted him the evening last, we both sat down to dine A poison pie, a sad goodbye, and now he'll never stray I said I'd never let him go, not a lad like mine Chorus
10.
1 In my childhood, the years were longer then, full of games and fun In the garden, climb and run around, no-one waiting, nothing to be done I'd be bored then I'd write a song, crossing words out with an inky pen It came easily, I could always be, myself at home 2 In my school years, there was so much to learn, barely time to write Every moment, independent now, no surprise I'd wake up in the night In my heart I would hear a song, sometimes sure, I’d search to find a pen Hoping soon I'd be, all I tried to be, myself at home 3 Then in love, the moments slipped away, lost in passions deep Who I was once, disappeared with dreams, in his arms I'd tumble off to sleep And my song, was a song for two, making plans, no time to lift the pen Caught in mystery, he was finding me, myself at home Like a letter from my past, or a poem that I wrote Every voice, every choice seems so far away Who I was went by so fast, every dream a fading note Coming home, I will see you again 4 In the garden, the shadows lengthening, time to go to bed Now my children, they climb and run around, hide and seek with many years ahead In their voices I can hear a song, new again, I reach, pick up my pen Now it’s clear to see, they are part of me, myself at home
11.
Chorus Sleep, my little bonny boy Dream away the long night Just close your eyes, my tired one ‘Til the first morning light 1 For your Mam is worn out Your Dad is tired too And the lads, snug in their beds They are dreaming for you Chorus 2 You’ve had milk, I’ve held you close Now you’re drowsy, warm and dry Lullabies I have sung for you So why do you cry? Chorus 3 Dream of Dom on his guitar As you loudly drum along And Sean on his fiddle Their love makes you strong Chorus 4 One day you’ll be a man With a family of your own Then we’ll miss the cry at midnight And our old noisy home Chorus
12.
1 When first we met, complete awkward strangers We did not know if we could be friends How soon we’ve come for to know each other And now I know we will meet again Chorus So here’s to you, and our time together I will share with you a parting glass And I’ll bid adieu with some smiles and laughter Our time apart will be short and pass 2 We’ve talked of dreams and of new tomorrows Of yesterday and its dark despair We’ve had our share of love and sorrows And now we part as friends who care Chorus 3 A long, long road, well it lies before me And fate will lead me where it will And through the valleys and over mountains I will not forget, but remember you still Chorus

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Bill's first album after a 15 year break, Wonderful Fairytale features songs with their roots in the tradition, that will have you singing along, smiling, and sometimes shedding a tear. With Bill's beautiful voice, her catchy tunes, and two well-picked covers, these are songs you'll want to keep coming back to.

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released April 19, 2019

Bill Jones - vocals, piano, accordion
Jean-Pierre Garde - violin, viola
Shanti Jayasinha - flügelhorn
Ian Stephenson - guitar, double bass
Stephen Henderson - percussion
Gareth Davies-Jones - backing vocals
Anne Hills - backing vocals

Niles Krieger - additional violin (tracks 3 & 7)

String Quartet (tracks 2 & 11):
- Ed Cross 1st violin / Hannah Tattersfield 2nd violin
- Jean-Pierre Garde viola / Mark Carroll ‘cello

String Quartet arrangements composed by Ian Stephenson

Produced / Recorded / Mixed by Ian Stephenson at Simpson Street Studios, North East England

Mastered by Nick Watson at Fluid Mastering, London, England

Photography and artwork/design by Elly Lucas

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Bill Jones is an acclaimed UK folksinger, songwriter and musician (piano and accordion).

New album Wonderful Fairytale was released on 1st May 2019 after a 15 year break.

Bill's previous recordings, from 2000-2003 but still fresh and relevant today, are all available here.
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