The Cold Cold Ground

from by Chris Manasseh

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lyrics

Well Jenny was a pretty girl, her skin as soft as snow
Her mother taught her many things, like where the roses go
When winter makes the earth so hard and love can not be found
For it's buried beneath the cold cold ground

Well Billy was a handsome man but ugly in his heart
His father he had taught him well how he should play his part
He set his eye on Jenny fair and won her in the spring
Before the summer would bring what it would bring

(La-da-dee, la-da-die) This is the song I bring
(La-da-dum, la-da-dee) As the winter turns to spring
(La-da-doo, la-da-day) The truth will not be found
It lies buried beneath the cold cold ground

Well Jenny hid her heart away inside her soul so bare
And Billy he could never find what she had hidden there
She trod the moors and the forest floors where he could never go
Though he loved her in ways she couldn't know

When Billy first had eyes for her he thought she was so fair
But now he couldn't look at her without the hatred there
He hit her first one summer's morn when roses were in bloom
But were scattered in the shade of afternoon

(La-da-dee, la-da-die) This is the song I bring
(La-da-dum, la-da-dee) As the winter turns to spring
(La-da-doo, la-da-day) The truth will not be found
It lies buried beneath the cold cold ground

For many years she shed her tears and played the perfect wife
Until one day she'd had enough and taking up the knife
Remembering her mother's words she played the perfect part
And slit him from his belly to his heart

Now Jenny lives a peaceful life out in the woods so green
Some say she had a husband once no-one has ever seen
Her roses blossom every year from what cannot be found
Lying buried beneath the cold cold ground

(La-da-dee, la-da-die) This is the song I bring
(La-da-dum, la-da-dee) As the winter turns to spring
(La-da-doo, la-da-day) The truth will not be found
It lies buried beneath the cold cold ground

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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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