Green grow the laurels

from by Sophie Janna

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Physical copy of Laurels in a fold-over recycled cardboard sleeve, hand-stamped by Anneke ter Schure and Sophia March. The stamps are gouged linoleum and were made by Anneke ter Schure. The left pocket contains sleevenotes in a booklet designed by me, folded by Margot Limburg and Kees Huyser, stapled by me. The right pocket contains the actual cd designed by Anneke ter Schure and me.

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I cannot remember where I first heard this song, but I am sure it was a Sandy Denny recording that was so good that I never dared to sing it myself – until I spoke with Luka Bloom at the back room session in Mulligans who said to me that was not a very good reason and besides, Sandy Denny was dead. Of course it is hard for traditional songs to be preserved if living people don’t sing them. There are versions of this song in Scotland, England, Ireland and the United States and I've heard many different ones (and many more verses, too), but this is my favourite.

lyrics

Green grow the laurels and soft is the dew
Sad I was darling on parting from you
Perhaps in the future our love will renew
We'll love one another and promise to be true

I wrote my love a letter and he wrote me mine
I wrote my love a letter and he wrote me mine
Saying keep your love letter and I will keep mine
And you write to your love and I'll write to mine

I passed my love's window both night time and day
I passed my love's window both night time and day
And the looks that he gave me a thousand would slay
And the looks that he gave me a thousand would slay

Green grow the laurels and soft is the dew
Sad I was darling on parting from you
Perhaps in the future our love will renew
We'll love one another and promise to be true

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from Laurels, released March 7, 2014

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