the song
title : Fair and tender ladies
written by : traditional; arranged by Cherish the ladies and Phil Cunningham
song copyright : none; arrangement: Wood Park Publishing / BMI

the performance
musicians
Mary Coogan guitars, mandolin, banjo, banjitar, octave mandolin
Roisin Dillon fiddle
Joanie Madden flute, alto flute, whistles, harmony vocal
Mirella Murray accordion
Heidi Talbot lead vocal
with guests :
Phil Cunningham piano
Karen Matheson lead vocal
Eddi Reader lead vocal
music
key : G major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 60
form : i V V V ix V V V V V
lyrics

Fair and tender ladies

{Heidi:}
come all ye fair and tender ladies
take warning how you court your men
they’re like a star on a cloudy morning
first they’ll appear and then they’re gone

{Karen:}
they’ll tell to you some loving story
they’ll swear to you their love is true
straight way they’ll go and court another
and that’s the love they had for you

{Eddi:}
oh don’t you remember our days of courting
you told me that you will love me the best
you could make me believe by the fall of your eyes
that the sun rose in the west

– fiddle and whistle

{Heidi:}
if I’d have known before I courted
that love was such a killing thing
I’d lock my heart in a box of golden
and fasten it with a silver pin

{Karen:}
I wish I was a little sparrow
and I had wings and I could fly
I’d fly right home to my false true lover
and when he’d ask, I would deny

{Eddi:}
but I am not some little sparrow
and I’ve no wings and I can’t fly
so I’ll stay right here with my grief and sorrow
and let my troubles pass me by

{all:}
come all ye fair and tender ladies
take warning how you court your men
they’re like a star
on a cloudy morning
first they’ll appear and then they’re gone

{all:}
come all ye fair and tender ladies
take warning how you court your men
they’re like a star on a cloudy morning
first they’ll appear and then they’re gone


the recording
personnel
produced by : Phil Cunningham
recorded by : Robin Rankin? at Secret Music, Scotland
mixed by : Brian Masterson at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin
mastered by : Toby Mountain at Northeastern Digital
technical
signal path : DDD
track timing : 5:06
song timing : 5:04
released on
album : Woman of the house track 8