Deepest, Darkest Night

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Deepest, Darkest Night is the latest EP by Kim Lowings & The Greenwood. It has two original & two traditional songs dealing with themes of regeneration, loss, grief & love.

This CD is dedicated to John Heyworth.

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released August 17, 2013

Artwork by John Tribbel
Design by Kim Lowings, Louise Lowings & Mitchel Neate
Produced by Kim Lowings & Dave Draper
Mixed & Mastered by Dave Draper
Recorded in Pershore at Tower Studios 2013

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Kim Lowings and The Greenwood West Midlands, UK

Folk singer & songwriter Kim Lowings fronts a collective of musicians called The Greenwood. They are based in Stourbridge in the West Midlands and play a mix of contemporary, original and traditional folk song. The Greenwood released their debut album 'This Life' in August 2012 and have supported acts such as Martin Simpson, Dave Swarbrick, Faustus & Belshazzar's Feast.​ ... more

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Track Name: Deepest, Darkest Night
Verse 1
Night-time fell upon the old forest.
The trees drew closer & hummed a song.
An old man stumbled through the darkness.
He'd travelled far & he'd travelled long.

Chorus
How he dreamed of a roaring fire,
To ease his mind & rest his weary bones.
All he needed was a little warmth & light
To burn away the deepest, darkest night.

Verse 2
He came upon a tiny cottage
& slowly, slowly he drew night.
By the fire sat an old lady.
He fell to his knees & he cried.

Chorus
For he had dreamed of a roaring fire,
To ease his mind & rest his weary bones.
All he needed was a little warmth & light
To burn away the deepest, darkest night.

Verse 3
The lady took him to the fire
& held him close & said not a word.
Soon enough sleep overcame him.
His mind drifted his vision blurred.

Chorus
As he dreamed of a roaring fire
To ease his mind & rest his weary bones
All he needed was a little warmth & light
To burn away the deepest, darkest night.

Verse 4
As time passed by strange things happened
His hair grew paler & lined with gold.
She could see his strength returning
Just as the whispering trees foretold.

Chorus
Old man to young man and now a child,
Eyes full of wonder & mischief & fun
Just as the night came to greet the morning
He leapt up to the sky & became the sun

Old Mother Of Days with your fire
You eased his mind & his weary bones
You gave him warmth & just enough light
To burn away the deepest, darkest night.

Yes you burned away the deepest, darkest night.

Deepest, darkest night.
Track Name: Off To Sea
Verse 1
Today my love is off to sea.
He's gone to fight for his own country.
This lad is barely 22
He's strong & brave & just & true

& I hope that you return love
With that smile upon your face
That winning smile
That no-one can replace.

Verse 2
Oh see them marching 1,2,3
Aboard the finest ship you ever shall see.
Do you think he saw me in the crowd
With all those loved ones gathered round.

But by the time I said I love you
The words were wasted on the wind.
His ship had set its sail
& he was leaving.

Verse 3
He knew that I would not agree
With war & all its mindless futility.
& as I went to walk away
These final words I heard him say.

Oh I couldn't think of us love
When I signed my soul away
For the men who call to arms
We must obey.

Verse 4
Today my love is off to war
He's gone to fight but I don't know what for
This lad is only 22
He's young & foolish through & through.

Bloody war it takes men by the hand
& it leads them all away.
Fighting god knows who, god knows where
& there they'll stay.

But by the time I said I love you
The words were wasted on the wind.
His ship had set its sail
& he was leaving.
Track Name: The Cruel Mother
There was a lady lived in York
All alone, alone O,
Was courted by her Fathers clerk
Down by the greenwood side O.

She leaned her back against an oak
All alone, alone O,
But first it bent & then it broke
Down by the greenwood side O.

She leaned herself against a thorn
All alone, alone O,
& there 2 pretty babes were born
Down by the greenwood side O.

She had a pen-knife long & sharp
All alone, alone O,
She pressed it through their tender hearts
Down by the greenwood side O.

She dug a grave both wide & long
All alone, alone O,
& she buried them under a marble stone
Down by the greenwood side O.

Later at her Fathers hall
All alone, alone O,
She saw 2 babes a playing ball
Down by the greenwood side O.

O babes, O babes if you were mine
All alone, alone O,
I'd dress you up in scarlet fine
Down by the greenwood side O.

Mother, O Mother we once were thine
All alone, alone O,
But you did not dress us in scarlet fine
Down by the greenwood side O.

You dug a grave both wide & long
All alone, alone O,
& you buried us under a marble stone
Down by the greenwood side O.

Babes, O babes come tell to me
All alone, alone O,
Just what the future means for me
Down by the greenwood side O.

Mother, O Mother you know right well
All alone, alone O,
It's we for heaven & you for hell
Down by the greenwood side O.

It's we for heaven & you for hell
Down by the greenwood side O.
Track Name: Annie Laurie
Maxwelton's braes are bonny
Where early falls the dew
& it's there that Annie Laurie
Gave me her promise true.
Gave me her promise true
which ne'er forgot will be
& for bonny Annie Laurie
I'd lay me down & die.

Her brow is like the snowfall
Her neck is like the swan
Her face it is the fairest
That e'er the sun shone on.
That e'er the sun shone on
& dark blue is her eye
& for bonny Annie Laurie
I'd lay me down & die.

Like dew on the gowan lying
Is the fall of her fairy feet
& like winds in summer sighing
Her voice is low & sweet.
Her voice is low & sweet
& she's the world to me
& for bonny Annie Laurie
I'd lay me down, lay me down,
I'd lay me down & die.