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lyrics

FORTUNE’S FOOL/HIS NAME (MARGARET)

O a day, a day in the merry month of May,
I went out on a day.
Fortune’s fool, I went out though I didn’t know the way,
I didn’t know the way.

Ooooh.

Where’s he gone? My love with the eyes of blue and gray.
He’s gone out on a day.
Seasons come and seasons so quickly blow away,
I cannot make them stay.

Ooooh.

I’m untried, I know not of men and their cruel ways,
Or how to make them stay,
How to love, my fingers all slick with slipping days,
I cannot, cannot make them stay.

Ooooh.

O, a moment – my heart leapt, I blushed to meet his gaze.
Now everything has changed.
The hemlocks shiver, the cold scotch broom, it bends and waves,
And I don’t know his name.

His name!

O, his smile – and I thought, sure, to have one taste,
But twice the pledge was paid.
When I awoke and turned for to ask of my love his name,
I found the forest changed.

The forest changed!

Still sweet blooms the hawthorn, and sweet still, O the gorse does remain.
It’s only I have changed.
Still sweet sings the woodlark. More sweet, still, the nightingale’s refrain,
And I have ears in vain.

Ears in vain!

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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, acoustic guitar, shaman shell-belt
Lyle Brewer: Guitar
Julian Loida: Percussion
James Heazlewood Dale: Bass
Sam Margolis: Tambourine
Eva Walsh: Violin

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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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