Stories Sung, Truths Told

by Tir Eolas

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    The debut album from eclectic alternative folk group Tir Eolas, produced by award-winning Jim Moray, with photography by Hamish Melville and artwork by Hannah Barnett.

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released February 11, 2015

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Tir Eolas London, UK

With recent performances at Kings Place, Royal Albert Hall and Sage Gateshead, eclectic alternative-folk group Tir Eolas draw on their Celtic and English folk roots to create their unique combination of traditional folk and original material. Recipients of the inaugural City Music Foundation Award, their upcoming projects include a concert at Shakespeare's Globe and a residency at Aldeburgh Music. ... more

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Track Name: The Call
Who calls out from the darkest ocean
Who might know where that voice grows
From the depths of the great blue sea
Comes a voiced whisper to me

Come with me, come
Follow the river
To the mouth of the sea
Come with me, come
Leave your land behind
Be free, be free

From the tip of the tallest tree
In the darkest forrest that’s where you’ll find me
Days and years that have passed you by
Now the time has come
To fly

Come with me, come
Follow the river
To the mouth of the sea
Come with me, come
Leave your land behind
Be free, be free

Whisper of the ocean, hissing of the leaves
Echo in the valley calling out to me
Spinning of the seasons, singing of the sea
Comes a voice keeps telling me

Come with me, come
Follow the river
To the mouth of the sea
Come with me, come
Leave your land behind
Be free, be free
Track Name: Morven Larry
Morven Larry is bound to me
He is bound as I am to he
Swore he by his unchanging heart
'Love, nought will do us part.'

Morven Larry will homewards turn
For the oceans no longer yearn
Unto him bestowed I my worth
For he promised the earth.

To her Larry, she drowned her woes
She was pale as a winter rose
To the shores took she day and night
Lost in love's fading light

Morven Larry will tread these sands
Lift a ring to these waning hands
Meant he all the words he did say
He'll be home any day
Track Name: Stories Sung, Truths Told
Strange wandering lady,
With the rose in your hair.
He's been wondering lately
What you're doing out there.

She fell in love
Her heart of gold
Is turned to stone
As the path grows old
Now she walks alone
Her stories sung and truths told
Stories sung and truths told.

He says you must have a story
A story to sing
He's been wondering lately
If you'd only let him in

She fell in love
Her heart of gold
Is turned to stone
As the path grows old
Now she walks alone
Her stories sung and truths told
Stories sung and truths told.
Track Name: Aida
Forty days and forty fearsome nights
For the rights of man did she
Rid me of my tongue,
Cast me out of sight
And play the foolish female

Hiding was I, hiding was I when
The men they blustered in
Gin she had them drink,
Easing only when
They turned to mumbling drunkards

Tell me lady
Why you laid me
Low with no reason
Seasons and seas apart
Lady, to you I owe my freedom

Dirty songs, dirty they would sing
Humiliated her, and
Were they to come close,
In the hall would ring
Her false hysteric laughter

In the morning, in the morning light
Caught sight did I of her
Dirt on her wall,
Painted lips were white
And a stench of stale whisky

Tell me lady
Why you laid me
Low with no reason
Seasons and seas apart
Lady, to you I owe my freedom
Track Name: Your Time Will Come
She was cursed to the bone
Cursed from the day she was born
She was broken in prayer at the place where her mother went down
Empty eyed since that cold blooded morn

A pylon you strapped to her back
A martyr for 70 miles
You gave her to wear a fine corset of gunpowder
Gave her to bear a conspirator's smile

Now the still born songbird
Must re-ascend
As the wounded trumpet
Cries till the end

Tell me who
Do you think you are
Lording over the helpless
Over sea over sun
And you may have come this far
Playing god unnoticed
But believe me your time...
Your time will come

(You send them into a dead forest
You close up their hungering throats,
You give them white guns and you give them black truths
You say kill those that cross you, and kill those that don't)

But when the tide turns to the stronger man
And when you cry out to be saved
Well their ears till be closed by the very same deeds
You can take up with pride and hold close at the grave

Did you once love your mother?
Were your hopes high back then?
Did you hold thoughts of virtue?
Did you pray for your men?

Tell me who
Do you think you are
Lording over the helpless
Over sea over sun
And you may have come this far
Playing god unnoticed
But believe me your time...
Your time will come
Track Name: All of This
A thousand years they spent a-sailing on the tarnished ocean,
A thousand tears they shed in vain for their great founders' notion
Had no remorse for some dark horse whose success was not proven,
Best trust those that he on high in all his wisdom's chosen.

Me well I am standing by, wondering just what it is,
Just what it is they did to deserve all of this,
All of this.

He was her first-born and her last, she had high hopes for Joseph,
But as they moved from town to town she could not help but notice
That for all their pride her men were chained to some never-changing motif,
When Joseph was a-sent to jail not one could offer solace.

Me well I am standing by, wondering just what it is,
Just what it is they did to deserve all of this,
All of this.

They come in throngs to meet him saying money's getting tight.
I've never seen my son before, for at war I lost my sight.
Well talk is cheap I'd leave behind the bark and take the bite.
Meanwhile some man shakes their hand, says he understands their plight.

Me well I am standing by, wondering just what it is,
Just what it is they did to deserve all of this,
All of this.
Well I am standing by, wondering just what it is,
Just what it is they did to deserve all of this,
All of this.
Track Name: She Moves Through the Fair
My young love said to me,
My mother won't mind
And my father won't slight you
For your lack of kind.
And she stepped away from me
And this she did say:
It will not be long, Love,
Till our wedding day.

She stepped away from me
As she moved through the fair
And fondly I watched her
Go here and go there.
And then she made her way homeward,
With one star awake,
As the swan in the evening
Moved over the lake.

The people were saying,
No two were e'er wed
But one has a sorrow
That never was said.
And I smiled as she passed
With her goods and her gear,
But that was the last
That I saw of my dear

I dreamt it last night that
My own love came in.
So softly she entered,
Her feet made no din.
Then she came close beside me,
And this she did say:
It will not be long, love,
'Til our wedding day.
Track Name: Donalbain
Call him any other name
Tell him he should be ashamed
For he has no place, no longer he belongs
And your father who was king is dead
Life sucked from his lungs

So pack your bags and go
The choice not yours to make
Leave this land once yours
Or your bones and body, we shall break

Donalbain
Taken from you land and broken down, down, down to the ground
Donalbain
Why are you always so sad
For one day, you shall be king

Drag him across the stormy sea
Take him to the holy priest and force him to believe
Bleed him dry and work him to the bone
Leave the rats to gnaw his dying body as he lies there all alone

For his blood is blue in blue
His mind has not yet died
Remain in destitution
Until your time to rise, rise, rise, rise,

Donalbain
Taken from you land and broken down, down, down to the ground
Donalbain
Why are you always so sad
For one day, you shall be king

Years pass, minutes, hour’s turn to days
For 17 years life lost, time taken away
Dear brother, your time has come to leave
As your fathers only wish for you, was to be king

Donalbain
Taken from you land and broken down, down, down to the ground
Donalbain
Why are you always so sad
For one day, you shall be king
Track Name: Though He Has Left Me
Though he has left me for need of another
I do not envy the gain that he may win
I rather would bear the load of my sorrow
Than ever have acted so faithless to him

Though he does love her, and I love no other,
I do not envy the cloud they harbour in
I rather would bear the load of my sorrow
Than ever have acted so faithless to him

And so I chose
The lonely road
And so it goes
Always had a feeling I was meant to be alone

Though he’s forgotten me, and I still think on him,
I do not envy the roses she may bring
I rather would bear the load of my sorrow
Than ever had acted so faithless to him