All Things Are Quite Silent

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This song is a lamentation of a woman whose husband was press-ganged into joining the Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. It was collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1904 from the singing of Ted Baines, Lower Beeding, Sussex. Our arrangement is based on Shirley Collins’ recording from her 1967 LP ‘The Sweet Primroses’.

lyrics

All things are quite silent, each mortal at rest,
When me and my true love lay snug in one nest,
When a bold set of ruffians broke into our cave,
And they forced my dear jewel to plough the salt wave.
I begged hard for my darling as I would for my life,
But they'd not listen to me although a fond wife,
Saying: The king must have sailors, to the seas he must go,
And they left me lamenting in sorrow and woe.
Through green fields and meadows we oftimes have walked,
And the fond recollections together have talked,
Where the lark and the blackbird so sweetly did sing,
And the lovely thrushes' voices made the valleys to ring.
Now although I'm forsaken, I won't be cast down,
Who knows but my true love some day may return,
And will make me amends for my trouble and strife,
And me and my true love might live happy for life.

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from Crumbling Ghost - II, released June 19, 2013
Trad, Arr. Crumbling Ghost

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