Sunday, August 14, 2016

Lula Wiles - Rose Connelly (Down in the Willow Garden)

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Down in the Willow Garden is a cheery little tune about a man who poisons his lovers glass of wine, stabs her with a saber and then throws her into the river. Fairly typical fare for this genre of  bluegrass music. It was performed by Lula Wiles at a summer party in New Ipswich to celebrate their newly released CD of original songs.

LULA WILES is Isa Burke, Ellie Buckland, Mali Obomsawin


Down in the willow garden where me and my love did meet
There we sat a-courting my love fell off to sleep
I had a bottle of burgundy wine which my true love did not know
And there I poisoned that dear little girl down by the banks below
I drew my saber through her which was a bloody knife
I threw her in the river which was an awful sight
My father often told me that money would set me free
If I would murder that dear little miss whose name was Rose Connelly
Now he sits by his old cabin door a wiping his tear-brimmed eyes
Mourning for his only son out on the scaffold high
My race is run beneath the sun the devil is waiting for me
For I did murder that dear little girl whose name was Rose Connelly