Two Blind Mice

by Loreley

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Our first EP. It's more of a demo, really, but we're proud of it. After we decided to form the duo, "Gilderoy" was the first folk song we arranged that we thought was really working. The next to come was "The Blind Harper" which Maddy found and came up with a tune for; Simon then composed the guitar parts and bang, we had two working songs.

"The Old Grey Tree" came next; it should probably be called "Queen of the Night", but the book we found it in didn't have a name for it at all so the working title simply stuck. When Simon finished composing it he played it for Maddy and we immediately realised that we had a hit. "Gravedigger's Dance/Go By Sea" followed in succession a few weeks later, and it became a staple song of our live performances (and still is).

The final song was to be an Irish one called "Tim O'Galway", but it simply wasn't working and when "Pretty Polly" was composed we both preferred it, despite how much of a pain it can be.

We initially wanted eight songs, but after a whole day in the studio we simply ran out of time if we wanted any sort of mixing and mastering done, which we hastily did in about two hours. So if enough copies of this are sold for us to be able to afford another studio afternoon, we can probably get "Morgan Road", "Poor Wayfaring Stranger", and "The White Hare" (a Seth Lakeman cover) down. Or even better, an entirely new album with the new songs we're working on at the minute.

We wanted it to sound as live as possible, so here it is, with as minimal editing as we could, plus a bit of reverb. It will be launched with an official party on 12th March 2015, at The Retreat Pub, in Reading, UK. Come and see us live with Wolfe Sunday and The Curious Sounds!

credits

released March 1, 2015

Loreley are:
Maddy Glenn - vocals, percussion
Simon James Chisholm - mandolin, guitar, backing vocals, percussion in "Gilderoy"

All lyrics traditional and arranged by Maddy Glenn and Simon James Chisholm
All music composed by Simon James Chisholm
All songs recorded at Silver Street Studios, Reading, UK, February 2015
Booklet front cover photograph by Sam Hardy Photography
CD cover and booklet design by Ioulia Zoukova
Booklet text by Simon James Chisholm

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Loreley Reading, UK

Sheffield-based duo pairing traditional folk lyrics to modern musical arrangements. Third album, "The Frozen North", released March 2017.

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Track Name: Gilderoy
Alas the dread hour is come
To bear my love from me
I hear the doom of the drum
To mark the fatal tree
The bell has tolled it shakes my heart
The trumpet speaks thy name
And must my Gilderoy depart
To bear a death of shame

No bosom trembles for thy doom
No mourner wipes a tear
The gallows' foot is all they tomb
The sledge is all thy bier
Oh Gilderoy I bethought we then
So soon, so sad to part
When first in Roslin's lovely glen
You triumphed o'er my heart?

Your locks they glittered to the sheen
Your hunter garb was trim
And graceful was the ribbon green
That bound your many limb
Little thought I do deplore
Those limbs in fetters bound
Or hear upon the scaffold floor
The midnight hammer sound

Ye cruel, cruel, that combined
The guiltless to pursue
My Gilderoy was ever kind
He could not injure you
A long adieu but where shall fly
Thy widow all forlorn
When every mean and man’s cruel eye
Regards my woe with scorn?

Yes they mock thy widow's tears
And hate thine orphan boy
And now infant beauty wears
The form of Gilderoy
Then will I seek the dreary mound
That wraps thy mouldering clay
And weep and linger on the ground
And sigh my heart away

No bosom trembles for thy doom
No mourner wipes a tear
The gallows' foot is all they tomb
The sledge is all thy bier
Oh Gilderoy I bethought we then
So soon, so sad to part
When first in Roslin's lovely glen
You triumphed o'er my heart?
Track Name: Gravedigger's Dance/Go By Sea
"How will you go by sea?"
Said the knight on the road
"With a good boat under me"
Said the child as he stood

He stood as he stood and for better he said
I go by sea

"How will you go by land?"
Said the knight on the road
"With a good staff in my hand"
Said the child as he stood

He stood as he stood and for better he said
I go by land

"I think I hear a bell"
Said the knight on the road
"It's ringing you down to hell"
Said the child as he stood

He stood as he stood and for better he said
Down to hell

"How will you go by sea?"
Said the knight on the road
"With a good boat under me"
Said the child as he stood
Track Name: The Blind Harper
Though better minstrels far than I
May strike the quivering string
And bards more worthy of the theme
Thy praises loud shall sing
Though I a wandering harper blind
With sightless upturned eye
My harp and voice to honour Wales
My feeble strains to try

My voice upraised to wild swept chords
I sing thy fertile dales
Thy frowning mountains, rushing streams,
And all that makes thee Wales
All these I love and all have seen
Though gone now is my sight
I can but feel the breezes play
Though all the rest is night

And even yet if ye'll but list
To my old harp's best note
I'll sing to you my country's deeds
And all my songs devote
Now guided by my faithful hound
I stray from door to door
And tell how Wales has fought and bled
And tales of all time lore
Track Name: Pretty Polly
Pretty Polly, Pretty Polly, come along with me
Before we get married, some pleasure to see
Pretty Polly, Pretty Polly, come along with me
Pretty Polly, Pretty Polly, come along with me

He led her over hill and valley so deep
At last Pretty Polly began to weep
He led her over hill and valley so deep
He led her over hill and valley so deep

Willy, oh Willy, I’m afraid of your way
I’m afraid you are leading my body astray
Willy, oh Willy, I’m afraid of your way
Willy, oh Willy, I’m afraid of your way

Polly, oh Polly, you've guessed just right
I dug your grave the biggest part of last night
Polly, oh Polly, you’ve guessed just right
Polly, oh Polly, you’ve guessed just right

Go a little further and you will spy
Your grave ready dug and a spade lying by
Go a little further and you will spy
Go a little further and you will spy

She went a little further and she did spy
Her grave ready dug with a spade lying by
She went a little further and she did spy
She went a little further and she did spy

She threw her arms round and suffered no fear
“Could you kill a poor girl who loves you so dear?”
She threw her arms round and suffered no fear
She threw her arms round and suffered no fear

“Pretty Polly, Pretty Polly, no time for to stand”
Holding his knife all in his right hand
“Pretty Polly, Pretty Polly, no time for to stand”
“Pretty Polly, Pretty Polly, no time for to stand”

He pierced it through her heart, her blood it did flow
And into the grave her poor body did go
He threw the sod over and turned to go home
No one left behind, but the little girl to morn

He pierced it through her heart, and her blood it did flow
And into the grave her poor body did go
He threw the sod over and turned to go home
He threw the sod over and turned to go home

Walking fast, walking fast, he got there before light
Went a'raving distracted and died the same night
Walking fast, walking fast, he got there before light
Good old Willy he died that night

Pretty Polly, Pretty Polly, come along with me
Before we get married, some pleasure to see
Pretty Polly, Pretty Polly, come along with me
Pretty Polly, Pretty Polly, come along with me
Track Name: The Old Grey Tree
Here I dream of the old grey tree
Sticks so bare and woe is me
Oft times in the night I sigh
"Where is the queen of the night" I cry?

Silks and satins does she wear
Gold and diamonds in her hair
She is queen of the night so fair
So fair

Circle of frost in the autumn sky
See the blackbird oh so shy
To the hell of heaven I go
There is no peace in the ground
Below

Silks and satins does she wear
Gold and diamonds in her hair
She is queen of the night so fair

She has charmed and torn my soul
Raged the fire with burning coal
I care not if I live or die
Where is the queen of the night
I cry

Silks and satins does she wear
Gold and diamonds in her hair
She is queen of the night so fair

Give me a shroud of darkest hue
Ten strong men of noble brood
Set them each with a silver spade
And dig for me the deepest grave

Silks and satins does she wear
Gold and diamonds in her hair
She is queen of the night
So fair