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My guru always said Lyr ADD: Me I'm Just a Shepherdess (12) ADD: Shepherdess 01 May 15

Hi Joe, I've been singing this wonderful song by Charlotte Oliver for a while now. I'll leave explaining the background of the song to Charlotte, but here are the lyrics:

(Charlotte Oliver)

Me, I'm just a Shepherdess, come lambing time each day I'm dressed
In boots and jeans my hair a mess, and night times, I'm the same
For every two hours I must rise, to shine my torch in frightened eyes
To rescue lambs before they die, and carry them back home

And who would be a Shepherdess?
Come lambing time, come lambing time
Oh, who would be a Shepherdess?
All on the Sussex Downs

I hardly notice day or night, night turns to day or dark to light
I try to sleep but just can't quite, so switch on Sky TV
Celebrities and old quiz shows, my sheep dogs guard me as I doze
And that is how the Spring-time goes, a lonely time for me

Two business men I hardly know, bought up the farm six months ago
They'll try it for a year or so, then maybe sell it on
And yet when Sundays come around, they drive their 4 by 4's from town
In smart green Barbers (Baarbours) strut around, while I just wish them gone

I spend my days and nights alone, for I can't venture far from home
My friends just voices on the phone, at least till lambing's done
I drink too much, I'm in no doubt, I've watched the piles of bottles mount
But with a wine box I lose count, they help the weeks roll on

But come those flowery April days, I watch my new-born lambs at play
And smile as passing walkers say, how lucky I must be
And with fresh eyes I look around, the sweet green of the Sussex Downs
For though I've sought I've never found, a better life for me
Chorus repeat, finishing with:
I guess I'll stay a Shepherdess all on the Sussex Downs

It's a fabulous song, and the line about 'frightened eyes' and 'rescuing lambs' gets me every time. Charlotte definitely had a feel for this song when she wrote it!

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