Winsome Ways

by Maurice McGrath

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1.
Winsome Ways 03:16
Winsome Ways For all your winsome ways Your eyes give you away I swear by the moon and stars above This night you'll be my love Oh they say don't take up with a soldier For you’ll lose him to the battleground Oh they say don’t take up with a rover For you know not where his ship is bound For all your sport and games Your eyes give you away I swear by the Lord of heaven on high I feel your heart in mine Chorus For all your winsome ways Your eyes give you away You raise a glass and play the fool But your heart is wondrous true Chorus © Copyright 2016 Maurice McGrath
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Strawberry Beds It was by the bonny banks of the river I strayed With you my love on an August day With the leaves o’erhead and the river so green And the fine young swallows all darting free It was here I asked you if we would be wed And you gave your heart by the Strawberry Beds For year on year we returned to this place I’d try and remember your startled face For all that summer I courted you well We came home happy with news to tell My parents embraced me and kissed your sweet head When we told of our pledge by the Strawberry Beds The seasons have come and the seasons have passed We loved each other until the last But now you’re gone and I walk here alone Where the leaves still hang and the water flows It was here I asked you if we would be wed And you gave your heart by the Strawberry Beds It was by the bonny banks of the river I strayed With you my love on an August day With the leaves o’erhead and the river so green And the fine young swallows all darting free It was here I asked you if we would be wed And you gave your heart by the Strawberry Beds And you gave your heart by the Strawberry Beds © Copyright 2016 Maurice McGrath
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Willie Clancy And The Pipes In Miltown Malbay I was born And from that place I soon was torn With no work I made no pay To Camden town I sailed away I fell into the building trade And on the roads I earned my wage Working hard from break of dawn Til forty years have come and gone Gone like the morning dew, all the people I knew Who laboured on roads all the winter through Gone like the morning dew, times in The Crown When Willie Clancy and the pipes echoed all around When morning came with head in hand We hopped into that Bedford van And where we drove we did not care Along the road to God knows where Building England’s motorways For the nights, we lived our days Monday was the worst of all But there was hope from tuesday on Chorus On Friday night out drinking hard We cashed our cheques behind the bar In The Crown in Cricklewood We drank away the sweat and blood We sang the songs and heard the reels The wind that shakes the barley fields We asked the girls out on the floor Dancing in the Galtymore © Copyright 2016 Maurice McGrath
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A Band Of Gold The days are long since we first parted Your father’s will has made it so I have no land, I have no cattle And have no way to win your hand Away I’ll go, away I’ll wander And to Kilbride I’ll not return Oh my true love I have no fortune And I can’t buy a band of gold So fare thee well and kiss me softly One last time is all I ask And say for me there’ll be no weeping You’ll see in time it’s for the best Away I’ll go, away I’ll wander And to Kilbride I’ll not return Oh my true love I have no fortune And I can’t buy a band of gold Instrumental Away I’ll go, away I’ll wander And to Kilbride I’ll not return Oh my true love I have no fortune And I can’t buy a band of gold © Copyright 2016 Maurice McGrath
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Shackleton 03:53
Shackleton Sailing out upon the tide Three loud cheers to say goodbye As we steered the boat along Old Tom Crean he sang a song Through eight hundred miles Of stormy ocean wave A small whaling boat alone at sail Eight hundred miles in the devils roar From Elephant Isle to South Georgia's shore As we sailed in freezing cold All eyes on the lighted stove Making hoosh and every man Waiting there with spoon in hand Chorus Then a wave from high above Rained that water down on us Filled the boat with icy brine And we bailed for our lives Chorus We saw some kelp upon the tide Then we knew that we’d survive Shackleton's men were we Fighting with the angry sea Chorus © Copyright 2016 Maurice McGrath
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Eve Of All Souls Poor young Lady Caldwell she wears a silver gown She died of a poison and lies underground Barney Wall of Linen Hall a sneak thief he died Under the shade of the gallows high Though they may rest in peace and all have disappeared They rise by the moon one night of the year They dance all night and rattle their bones On the eve of all souls, Through the graveyard Laughing in the dark They dance all night and rattle their bones On the eve of all souls, As the night fades They hop back in their graves Michael Fleet of Barrow Street a highwayman he Shot by the mail coach as he was riding free Brendan late of Newgate whose soul it was black Found in a sewer with a dagger in his back Though they may rest in peace and all have disappeared They rise by the moon one night of the year Chorus Molly Reid of Palace Street whose heart it was cruel Murdered a rival and felt the hangman’s noose Albert White a miser who lived all alone They found him in bed with his fifty pound notes Though they may rest in peace and all have disappeared They rise by the moon one night of the year Chorus © Copyright 2016 Maurice McGrath
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Bandon Fair 03:08
Bandon Fair One morning bright as I was rambling on Dunmanway Road Oh by the cross I saw her stand waiting all alone The sun shone down among the clouds through her long red hair I found my love as I went walking to the Bandon fair Her father came to sell his cattle all at harvest time And she had wandered far ahead out in the morning light We laughed and joked side by side all the long way there I found my love as I went walking to the Bandon fair I courted her all winter long and soon I’d won her heart I asked her hand for I could stand no more to be apart And by my side a summer bride a white rose in her hair I found my love as I went walking to the Bandon fair Oh my love she whispers softly, I will always be yours Come what may, no heart will sway, the course of this true love And in my eyes my own reply burns for ever there I found my love as I went walking to the Bandon fair I found my love as I went walking to the Bandon fair © Copyright 2016 Maurice McGrath
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Ballad Of Luke Ryan In seventeen hundred and seventy nine, Benjamin Franklin he granted Luke Ryan The right to join the war at sea And prowl the ocean deep Privateer, privateer Oh Luke Ryan That bold privateer Privateer, Privateer Oh Luke Ryan That bold privateer So off in the Black Prince then Luke he set sail Six cannon loaded to fire on his prey With shining blade and muskatoon He raised a small typhoon Chorus From Dublin to Dover and off to Dundee The south coast of England the wild Irish Sea And everywhere the west wind blew His fame and fortune grew Chorus In seventeen hundred and seventy nine, Benjamin Franklin he granted Luke Ryan The right to join the war at sea And prowl the ocean deep Chorus © Copyright 2016 Maurice McGrath

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First solo album Winsome Ways is now available on CD and for download. A home-made collection of songs written in the folk tradition. Recently I've had some of my songs recorded by international folk artists such as Cherish The Ladies (US), Niamh Parsons and Graham Dunne (Ireland), and Shantalla (Belguim)... and it's been a treat hear the songs performed in places as far flung as Siberia. This solo CD shows how they sound before they go on their travels. www.mauricemcgrath.com

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released December 7, 2016

Maurice McGrath - Vocals, Guitar, Low Whistle, Mandolin and other instruments.
Michelle Burrowes - Backing Vocals

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Maurice McGrath Dublin, Ireland

www.mauricemcgrath.com

Songwriter based in Dublin Ireland. writing songs which are influenced by traditional folk songs and singers. Plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, low whistle, and sing. Influences include Nic Jones, Christy Moore, Andy Irvine, Martin Carthy, Niamh Parsons.



Also influenced by the singers at the various traditional music and unaccompanied singing sessions.
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