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John O' Dreams

by The Wilderness Yet

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When midnight comes and people homeward tread, Seek now your blanket and your feather bed; Home comes the rover, his journey's over. Yield up the nighttime to old John O' Dreams, Yield up the nighttime to old John O' Dreams. Across the hills the sun has gone astray, Tomorrow's cares are many dreams away; The stars are flying, your candle's dying, Yield up the darkness to old John O' Dreams, Yield up the darkness to old John O' Dreams. Both man and master in the night are one, All things are equal when the day is done; The Prince and Ploughman, the slave and the freeman, All find their comfort in old John O' Dreams, All find their comfort in old John O' Dreams. And when sleep comes, the dreams are running clear; The hawks of morning cannot reach you here. Sleep is a river, flow on forever, And for your boatman choose old John O' Dreams, And for your boatman choose old John O' Dreams.
Ae Fond Kiss 02:26
Ae fond kiss, and then we sever; Ae farewell, alas, forever! Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee, Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee. Who shall say that Fortune grieves him, While the star of hope she leaves him? Me, no cheerful twinkle lights me; Dark despair around benights me. I'll ne'er blame my partial fancy, Nothing could resist my Nancy: But to see her was to love her; Love but her, and love for ever. Had we never lov'd so kindly, Had we never lov'd so blindly, Never met-or never parted, We had ne'er been broken-hearted. Fare-thee-well, thou first and fairest! Fare-thee-well, thou best and dearest! Thine be ilka joy and treasure, Peace, Enjoyment, Love and Pleasure!


Thanks to Jim for commissioning us to arrange and record the first wonderful song. The words are by Bill Caddick, who took the tune from Tchaikovsky (Symphony No. 6, Pathetique) who in turn borrowed it from a southern Italian lullaby entitled Piva Piva, so in that way the melody came full circle!

The waltz that follows is written by Rowan and dedicated to James Luscombe and Laura Attrill on the occasion of their wedding. Thanks to Barbara and David who commissioned it as a gift.

And finally, thanks to Michael who asked us to record this beautiful Burns poem in memory of his wife, Ellie (10 April 1967 - 5 August 2019).


released October 30, 2020

Lead Voice – Rosie Hodgson
Fiddle, Voice – Rowan Piggott
Guitar, Whistle, Flute, Voice – Philippe Barnes


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The Wilderness Yet combines the acclaimed talents of folksinger Rosie Hodgson, traditional fiddler Rowan Piggott, and guitarist-flautist Philippe Barnes. Independently, they have earned audiences’ esteem as consummate musicians; together, they weave a tapestry of traditional & self-penned songs with a charm and familarity that is usually only found in seasoned line-ups.​ ... more

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