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lyrics

A DOUBLE ROSE (MARGARET)

All the flowers of the field fade
As we age, they say
But this fire, kindled in the briar –
His eyes blue-gray.

Oh, the blush from the bloom falls
All too soon, so they say,
And the wild love of childhood
Slips away.

With the love of a gold knight,
Every cold night would burn (on and on)
And the flush of the rose’s touch
Could return.

Sure, the nightingale’s sweet song
Is all but gone by now.
But I heard something of the bird
When he lay me down.

If my love were an earthly knight
In his armor gray, shining silver day,
If he rode on a stallion white
I would never stray if I knew he’d stay

If the truth of his touch were right
Flowers fade, they say, eyes of blue and gray,
I would hold him all through the night
Bathed in brimming day – my heart he’ll betray.

If my love were an earthly knight,
Eyes of blue and gray; it will fade they say.
With his shield and his claymore bright
I would make him stay past the dawning day.

All the flowers of the field fade
As we age, it’s true.
And the prick of the rose bleeds quick
But when it’s through, it fades too.

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from The Ballad of Tam Lin, released July 3, 2020
Music and lyrics by Molly Pinto Madigan

Molly Pinto Madigan: Voice, piano
Eva Walsh: Violin
Lyle Brewer: Acoustic and electric guitars
Julian Loida: Percussion
James Heazlewood Dale: Bass
Sam Margolis: Cricket/wildlife recording

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Molly Pinto Madigan Salem, Massachusetts

Singer. Songstress. Poet. Novelist. Lover of roses, ballads, ballroom dancing, and beaches, where she spends her time indulging her mermaid nature.

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