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lyrics

FORBID (MARGARET/THOMAS)

MARGARET:
Oh, I forbid you maidens all
That wear gold in your hair
To come or go by Carter Hall
For Thomas Lynn is there.

“Oh, why forbid a maiden grown,
With wild and curling hair,
To come and go all on her own
And pluck the roses fair?”

The rose, the rose, the heart always knows
What it wants when it’s laid bare.

With green skirts tucked and wild hair tied
Ignoring what was said
Young Margaret thought to Carter Hall to ride
To pluck the roses red.

She hadn’t pulled a double rose,
A rose both red and green,
When through the briar so thickly grown
A young swain she has seen.

A double rose, the heart knows
What it wants when it is green/keen.

THOMAS:
“Now, Margaret why cut short the bloom
And why the green cane cleave?
And why to Carter Hall would you
Dare come without my leave?”

MARGARET:
“Well, Carter Hall, it is my own,
My daddy gave it to me
So I will come and I will go
And ask for no man’s leave.”

As she gazed on this handsome rogue
The blush in her did rise
A finer man she had never known
Than him with gray-blue eyes.

He took her by her hand so deft
And by the grass-green sleeve,
He laid her down, wild roses on his breath
And never asked her leave.

MARGARET and THOMAS:
The rose, the rose, the heart always knows
How to burn and how to bleed.

The double rose, the blooming heart knows
How to want when it is free.

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from The Ballad of Tam Lin, released July 3, 2020
Written by Molly Pinto Madigan with some borrowing from the traditional ballad "Tam Lin"

Molly Pinto Madigan: Voice, guitar
Alec Hutson: Voice
Lyle Brewer: Guitar
Eva Walsh: Violin
Julian Loida: Percussion
James Heazlewood Dale: Bass

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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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