Devils 2012

Devils

Apple of my Eye's dark debut album of brand new old folk songs

"However you hear it, Devils is a delight"
Bright Young Folk

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00:00:00 1. Bad Luck on the Riverbed
00:01:22 2. Jenny
00:04:09 3. Mariama
00:06:37 4. Willow
00:09:59 5. Man on a Rope
00:13:14 6. Devils
00:18:28 7. Cliffs
00:21:19 8. Bristol
00:24:52 9. Sad Trevor Weeps
00:29:01 10. Fiddle Song
00:33:41 11. Cow Song

Phil Cornwell — Double Bass / Vocals
Arran Glass — Guitar / Vocals
Kit Massey — Violin / Vocals
Chris Rusbridge — Bouzouki / Vocals
Ellie Rose Rusbridge — Vocals
Alex Scott — Mandolin / Guitar

Recorded & engineered by Bob Bruce at Soundcheck UK on 3rd & 4th September 2011
Mastered by Ben Glass
Album design by Michael Cranston
Photo by Joseph Hughes

Bad Luck on the Riverbed

On the river Rosemary in my wooden boat
with my Father's fishing rod I cast the line and wait
If I catch a fish today I'll show it to my dad
I hope the fish will bite today
I hope the fish will bite

It flaps around the boat
I can't believe I caught a rainbow trout
It's lying still
It jumps about
I cut it with my knife

My finger hurts
I cut myself
I wrap my hand in cloth
I throw the fish back in and cry

Jenny

Twas on a sunday morning and beside the river there
Jenny staring down into the water
and up rode a man all riding on a night black mare
"Hey you staring down into the water!
Would you ride with me in my cavalry?
For only the lost will fall in love with me"

"But sir I am not lost at all - this river is the Sheaf"
(said she, staring down into the water)
"And sir I do not like you for you have the smell of death
Your mare she is drenched with the scent of the slaughter.
So fly from me on thy haggard steed,
For I am not lost and I'm not in love with thee"

"Of course you're free to go
I know your mother waits at home
but first won't you grant me this small favour?
Take my horses bridle for to lead her to the stream
to drink while I fill my pail with water"

"Oh aye" (said she) "I'll guide thy steed
this I'll do for her thirst - and not for thee"

But as she took the bridle she looked up and caught his eye
"Jenny you have freed me from my master
the mare will lead you onwards through the darkest parts of hell
my debt is yours
Your life is hers"

"Oh Christ!" said she "Oh damned indeed!"
"This debt I'll pay through all my days
until some fellow take my place
and this deceit is done unto me
and only the lost will fall in love with me"

Mariama

Mariama Mari-Liis take care
take a handful of this earth and swear
love me, keep my memory
keep it safe when I am far from here
Mariama Mari-Liis come near
think of me when you are dancing

Oh my darling we will dance again

Light up the bridge, our duet all enfolding us
see they are dancing their love
love before falling
close to the edge

Oh my darling we will dance again

Willow

Willow tree
where you and me
play jangalo
and down we go

A blow that knocked
the breath from me
an anaesthetic malady

Darling take the best of me
and leave whatever's left for the birds
The birds that follow me
through undergrowth and cobblestone
and over bones this garden grows
a willow

Where the river
runs to you
please wait for me
oh I am coming

Where the willow
bends for me
I built a nest
to hide us safely

Sorrel, bracken and the birch
when morning came the birds were singing
the birds that follow me
through undergrowth and cobblestone
and over bones this river flows

It grows a willow

Praise this holy brazen day
Praise the joyful and the grave
God is gone this glorious day

Man on a Rope

Man down
Man overboard
Man about town
Hangs from a bough
Gather round friends
To cut him down
Carry his body
Through the churchyard
And out of the city
To unhallowed ground

Dawn breaks
Man to the plough
Girl about town
On the family farm
She catches his eye
Follows him home
Through the churchyard
And out of the city
A bed by the river
On unhallowed ground

I saw a man on a rope
For a girl from the town
Oh won't you gather round friends
To cut him down?

She cried - Oh come to me now
Do with my body as with the plough
He replied - I won't have you now
Wait one more summer
I'll speak with your father
and ask for his blessing
to honour our vow

I saw a man on a rope
For a girl from the town
Oh won't you gather round friends
To cut him down?

Daughter of mine
So fair and so fine
Where have you been
This evening time?

Father dear
I've been with a man
So gentle and kind
He asked for my hand

Daughter to bed!
I won't have you wed
The man is a scoundrel
And I swear if he's touched you
Tomorrow he'll hang
By the neck til he's dead

I saw a man on a rope
For a girl from the town
Oh won't you gather round friends
To cut him down?

Devils

I worked day and night in a job that gave me grief
So I called on the Devil to bring me some relief
That night he came to me on the factory floor
And offered me a bargain that I could not ignore
A life of pure pleasure, no pain and no care
I'd always be young in the fresh morning air
So I took his hand and in the blink of an eye
I was a lamb to the slaughter waiting to die

Oh Devils Devils Devils
Always to the letter
Suddenly upon you
Then gone forever

We prayed, we prayed for a little baby boy
For fourteen years our house was cold
And nine months ago Laura turned to me
"Henry it's too late, I'm far too old"
So we called on the devil to send us a son
By eight thirty this morning the baby had come
It had teeth and claws and shining red eyes
The Devil said - did you want a human child?
Well you should have specified!

Oh Devils Devils Devils
Always to the letter
Suddenly upon you
Then gone forever

Oh Devils Devils Devils
Laura is dying
The baby is crying
I cradle them gently

I was a fisherman on the southern coast
And I caught enough fish to keep my family afloat
One night I was mending my ropes by the shore
When a rare and lovely beauty offered me more
I kissed her and she told me to haul in my net
I caught so many fish that now nothing is left
Now the fish are all gone and the sea it is dead
My children are hungry and my young wife has left

Devils Devils Devils
Always to the letter
Suddenly upon you
Then gone forever

Oh Devils Devils Devils
Our bellies are empty
And that day of plenty
No more than a memory

Devil was laughing about all that he had done
God said - My Devil, yes you have won
Come up here oh come up here and wear my golden crown
And the Devil climbed right up there and could not get down
And God came to earth to play tricks without end
Up there the Devil he plots his revenge

Cliffs

I rue the day you called my name
You called for me when I was far away
And you alone beside the sea
You called for me
But nobody came
When you called my name
I would have come
To see you there
To see you cry
And I would wait
And I could die from this
The waves come down upon the cliffs
One kiss from you would beg my heart to break me
When you called my name
I would have come

Bristol

Sad Trevor Weeps

I saw a rat in my house
I had been up drinking wine
There was a taste in my mouth
Whiskey and vodka
And you weren't beside me
The sheets were still warm
Where you had laid your sweet head
And when the rat ran away
I was alone
And you weren't beside me at all

Where are you when you're not there?

So I went down to the fair
And I bought two toffee apples
From a strange girl with tattoos
Inked in the likeness of someone familiar

I took a train to the coast
Wheeling my grandmother's piano
All of the coaches were full
So I sat at the station and tapped out your favourite tune

I'd play doh ray me for you

I met a man on the beach
Gave him my palm for a fortune
And for a pound he told me this
Your love has left you
So go drown your heart in the sea

Fiddle Song

This fiddle here is a precious thing
It's been heard by Sultan, Prince and King
If you listen hard and you listen well
It's grand old tale I'm proud to tell

Yes this violin is a treasure rare
Though it's only pine and pearl and hair
What I'll relate I swear is true
Apart from the bits when I lie to you

Tap your heel and point your toe
Saddle up to the bridge we go

Danny O he worked the mine
In a northern town before our time
His pick was sharp and his eye was keen
Found this fiddle buried in a seam

He dug it out and took it home
and across the strings he drew the bow
Strong as granite, old as tin
Rich as marble, sweet as sin

Tap your heel and point your toe
Saddle up to the bridge we go

A fiddle is a wild you mare
Tamed by day and month and year
Bit by bit he broke her in
Tucked beneath his bearded chin

If you could only hear him play
You'd swear by morning, night and day
That angels couldn't play so well
Nor all the devils down in hell

Tap your heel and point your toe
Saddle up to the bridge we go

When the draft knocked on his door
Press-ganged him to cruel war
Friend and foe would stop and sigh
To hear him play before the fight
For either friend or foe must die

And all alone across the sea
His violin for company
He played his passage back to home
With this piece of wood and hair and bone
This violin it saw him home

Tap your heel and point your toe
Saddle up to the bridge we go

Danny O he passed away
His family still grieve today
His violin it missed him too
Like a heart it split in two

Well I fixed it good and I fixed it true
And I'll play it sweet and high for you
So raise your glass and toast his fame
For Danny was my father's name
Yes Danny was my father's name

Cow song