the song
title : Tell me truly
written by : Heidi Talbot and trad. (lyrics) and John McCusker (music)
song copyright : © 2011 PRS/MCPS

the performance
musicians
Heidi Talbot lead vocal, baritone ukulele
with (the band) :
Ian Carr acoustic guitar
John McCusker fiddle, cittern
Michael McGoldrick Uileann pipes, whistles, flute
James Mackintosh percussion
Ewan Vernal double bass, piano
Roy Dodds drums
Donald Shaw harmonium, wurlitzer organ
Neil Yates brass
and guests :
Kris Drever tenor guitar?, harmony vocals
Boo Hewerdine acoustic guitar
Karine Polwart harmony vocals
Eddi Reader harmony vocals
music
key : D major
time-signature : 3/4
tempo : MM 142
form : i V C V C C m V C C C c p
lyrics

provided for research and private study only (see above for copyright details):

Tell me truly

out when walking in the garden
i ask you to be mine
i tell to you i love you
and you my heart decline
my father was a spanish merchant
before he went to sea
he told me to be sure and answer
‘no’ to all but he

tell me truly
tell me why do you scorn me
why when i ask
you answer me ‘no’

out when walking in the garden
her blushes she did show
tell me would you be offended
if one kiss i did bestow
madam may i tie your garter
would you let me make so free
if i should be a little bolder
would you think it wrong of me

tell me truly
tell me why do you scorn me
why when i ask
you answer me ‘no’

tell me truly
tell me why do you scorn me
why when i ask
you answer me ‘no’

out when walking in the garden
i asked you to be mine
i told you i love you
and you my heart declined
but if to bed we went together
i would stay till cocks do crow
and when it’s time for me to leave you
you won’t ever let me go

tell me truly
tell me why do you scorn me
why when i ask
you answer me ‘no’

tell me truly
tell me why do you scorn me
why when i ask
you answer me ‘no’

tell me truly
tell me why do you scorn me
why when i ask
you answer me ‘no’


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the recording
personnel
produced by : John McCusker
recorded by : Calum Malcolm and Steve Stewart at ?, Glasgow?; additional recording by Raymond McGinley and Toony Doogan
mixed by : Andy Seward at ?
mastered by : Calum Malcolm at ?
technical
track timing : 4:30
song timing : 4:25
released on
album : The last star track 2