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lyrics

WORMWOOD (MARGARET)

O, it’s bitter grows the wormwood gray
And cheerless is the springing thyme
For my own true love came home today
Home to a bed that isn’t mine.

O the wormwood grows a bitter silver-gray
But bitterer am I

O I would I could make my love stay
With poses sweet and garlands fine
But the lily blooms but for a day
So too did his brief love decline

O the wormwood grows a bitter silver-gray
But bitterer am I

O he swore he never would betray
Me when he kissed me in the thyme
But the truth’s a bed wherein I cannot lay
He’s someone’s love but he’s not mine.

O the wormwood grows a bitter silver-gray
But bitterer am I

So it’s fare thee well, love, and a day
My heart remains among the thyme
For my own true love came home today
To arms he loves far more than mine.

O the wormwood grows a bitter silver-gray
But bitterer am I.

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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, guitar
Dylan Sevey: Percussion
Kevin Barry: Guitar and lap steel
Barry Gross: 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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