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Well the one thing I love about England is the copses,and way back when I was 16 I used to spend summer evenings exploring them which wasn't always easy as they are usually on private land and I wouldn't promote doing this is any way.Then one day I heard a ghost story read by Michael Horden written by M.R. James called 'A Neighbours Landmark' and I loved it so much that I was inspired to write this song.The original story refers to 'That which walks in Betton Wood'
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Abbey Wood - RG Paddler

(CHORUS)

I warn thee now I warn thee well
Be careful not to wander
Too far down that winding path
In Abbey Wood so green..

Verse 1

There was a maiden oh so fair
Who walked among the corn
And beauty she did find right there
A rose without a thorn
Said to the rose to she
Can I sing to thee?
And began to sing out loud
Our maiden fell asleep at this
And rain fell from the clouds

Verse 2

A young lad came to plough the corn
In Abbey wood so green
He came upon the maiden sleeping
Like a faery queen
Well he bowed down low and
He kissed her cheek
She sprang up eyes like fire
And never again was the young boy seen
By Farmer,Wife nor Squire

Verse 3

They say that on the Autumn nights
Beneath the rosey moon
That if you stand amongst the corn
A beast will find you soon
And the only thing that you may hear
Is my voice I forewarn
For yes - I am that wildest flower
..A rose without a thorn





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Uploaded: Feb 19, 2007 - 08:47:43 PM
Last Updated: Feb 19, 2007 - 08:47:43 PM Last Played: Mar 04, 2019 - 06:05:04 PM
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jpfeiff said 4500 days ago (February 19th, 2007)
Dead-on harmonies!
Sounds great--very traditional, timeless sound. The harmonies are real rich and full. The story is well-written and appropriately freaky--the temptation of the perfect flower, a rose without a thorn, will eat you alive...
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paddler said 4491 days ago (February 28th, 2007)
Thank u Lena
In actual fact - the original story is completely different and far spookier - talks alot abot bats in the belltower and creeping spiders and seeing a woman all in tatters gliding down the forest path at dusk.But anyway - I tell too much of it.M.R James - I reccommend!

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Joe Brady said 4500 days ago (February 19th, 2007)
Great harmonies
Wonderful traditional feel with a well-heeled folk lesson; it would be great around a firepit on a summer's night. I'm goin' straight to my sleeping bag! Well done.
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paddler said 4491 days ago (February 28th, 2007)
thanks joe
be sure to check that sleeping bag for other things who aren't paying any rent!

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FEEL said 4500 days ago (February 19th, 2007)
Really nice
harmony. Like a jester, great voice great lyrics. Thanks for sharing.
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paddler said 4491 days ago (February 28th, 2007)
Thanks texas
I loved the idea of minstrels carrying the news from town to town - and changing it as they went like tabloid newspapers.Unfortunately I think the Jester may have had a bit of a rough time of it.It'd be great to walk around in one of those 3 pointed red and yellow hats with bells though when doing one's weekly shop at the supermarket.Regards RG

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mvh9591 said 4500 days ago (February 20th, 2007)
Very Nice ---
I enjoyed this very much.

Thanks for sharing

mvh : )
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paddler said 4491 days ago (February 28th, 2007)
thank u
Thank you for listening

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DWL said 4500 days ago (February 20th, 2007)
Good stuff matey
Authentic harmonies and lyrics.

Cheers

Dick
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paddler said 4491 days ago (February 28th, 2007)
Thanks Dick
I wonder if youve been up Chanctonbury Ring at all,as it is near you - I've had a few strange experiences up there I can tell you.Beautiful place but strange - I studied its history quite a bit and did some metal detecting up there.Thanks for dropping by

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ceilidh said 4499 days ago (February 20th, 2007)
well richard,
this song is simply a diamond. pure and clear and beautiful, with amazing vocals and fantastic harmonies. it reminds me so much of the band called The voice squad, but in some way i have to say i like your song better, because those beautiful rich harmonies in your song are regurarly changed with single melody, so you dont get that feeling of being overwhelmed with harmonies. you have the time to "digest" the beauty of a perfectly sung chord.
stunning
paja
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paddler said 4491 days ago (February 28th, 2007)
Pavlina
Goosebumps.Glad u enjoyed - It'd be great to hear a folk group sing it like the copper family

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peacepiano said 4499 days ago (February 20th, 2007)
Harmonies
I'll join in on the harmonies ;)
Another gem. Thanks for sharing.
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Reinholt56 said 4499 days ago (February 21st, 2007)
The English tradition.....
You carry this English tradition well.

It's a great number.

Paul

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rtcooper said 4498 days ago (February 21st, 2007)
CHANGE UP
I've heard tell of this flower,

Bur None Better than this.



A FINE Listen.



VBR,

-rtc
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paddler said 4491 days ago (February 28th, 2007)
rt
Have u really? does that mean I didn't imagine it then? Now I really am freaked.As long as it was not near Abbey Wood - you should be ok - thank you

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