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Thread #3375   Message #3910501
Posted By: Jim Dixon
11-Mar-18 - 11:39 AM
Thread Name: Lyr/Chords Req: Dark Eyed Molly (Archie Fisher)
Subject: Lyr Add: DARK EYED MOLLY (Archie Fisher)
Archie Fisher sings a few words differently than Justina and Joyce did. (See Rosebrook's message above.) This is my transcription from Archie Fisher himself:

DARK EYED MOLLY
(Archie Fisher)
As recorded by Archie Fisher on "The Man with a Rhyme" (1976)

Deep and dark are my true love's eyes.
Blacker still is the winter turning,
As the sadness of parting proves;
And brighter now is the lantern burning,
That lightens my path to love.

No fiddle tune will take the air,
But I'll see her swift feet a-dancing,
And the swirl of her long, brown hair,
Her smiling face and her dark eyes glancing,
As we stepped out Blink Bonny Fair.*

And if my waiting prove in vain,
Then I will pack, and track ever take me,
And the long road will ease my pain.
No gem of womankind will make me
E'er whisper love's words again.

For in drink I'll seek good company.
My ears will ring with the tavern's laughter,
And I'll hear not her last sweet sighs.
Then who's to know, in the morning after,
That I long for her dear, dark eyes?

[* I'm not sure how to spell "Blink Bonny Fair." There was a famous racehorse named Blink Bonny, so I took my cue from that. The song seems to imply there is a fiddle tune by this name, but I was unable to find it.]