The Ballad of the Idwal Shepherd

from by Chris Manasseh

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lyrics

There was thunder on the mountain, there was rain upon my face
It was lonely in the valley in that wild and windy place
I had never a companion but the thrushes in the trees
I was lonesome as a shepherd boy could be

Then I spied a pretty maiden all beneath the cliffs so grey
She was lovely as the daylight and she stole my heart away
So I followed through the meadow to beg of her one kiss
But she turned and vanished in the mist

I've been waiting since eighteen sixty-four
To follow her in silence where the river runs no more
Through the cavern in the mountain to the lake then to the shore
For I know that's where she waits for me

When I reached the place I'd seen her it was like she'd not been there
Not a whisper nor a footprint nor a strand of copper hair
I despaired and looked to heaven to curse the god above
Who had given me then thrown away my love

Then I thought I spied a flicker on the rock-face way up high
Like her dress caught by the tempest or a glitter in her eye
Then I saw her climbing higher like an angel without wings
To her home away from earthly things

I've been waiting in patterns on the breeze
In the heather and the river and the music in the trees
As the streams run to the valley but can never give me peace
I'm as lonesome as a shepherd boy can be

Then she stopped and looked behind her to gaze down back at me
With a smile that told me: 'follow, and you I can be free
There's no mystery or magic, the way's not hard to find
If you conquer the dark places of your mind'

So I climbed and thought I'd reach her though the stone was wet and cold
But her smile turned to laughter both cruel and very old
As a tumbled from the mountain to the valley floor below
Where my bones now lie beneath the snow

I could follow but never hear her sigh
I'd live upon the mountain in the rocks and never die
'Til they crumble into powder as the sun destroys the sky
And only then do I think she'll wait for me

I've been waiting since eighteen sixty-four
To follow her in silence where the river runs no more
Through the cavern in the mountain to the lake then to the shore
For I know that's where she waits for me

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from The Sun Destroys The Sky, released September 18, 2016

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Chris Manasseh Warrington, UK

Chris is an original singer-songwriter with folk and indie influences. His songs combine instantly memorable tunes with poetic and thought-provoking lyrics.

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