the song
title : Matt Hyland
written by : traditional (words), Kate Rusby (tune)
song copyright : no copyright / © 2001 Pure Records Ltd

the performance
musicians
Kate Rusby lead vocal
with :
John Doyle guitar
Andy Seward double bass
Andy Cutting diatonic accordion
Michael McGoldrick whistles, tenor banjo
John McCusker fiddle, cittern, whistle
Malcolm Stitt bouzouki
Keith Angel percussion, marimba
Eddi Reader harmony vocals
music
key : D major
time-signature : 3/4 + irregular
tempo : MM 62
form : ½v V V V v Vx n
lyrics

Matt Hyland

there was a lord, lived in this town
he had a handsome lovely daughter
she was courted by a fair young man
who was a servant to her father
and when her parents came to know
they swore they’d send him from the island
the maid she knew her heart would break
had she to part with young Matt Hyland

and then straightway to her love she goes
into his room him to awaken
“arise my love and go away
this very night you will be taken –
I overheard my parents say
in spite of me they will transport you
so arise my love and go away
I wish to god I’d gone before you”

“oh must I go?” to her he said
“oh must I go without my wages
not a penny all in my purse
just like some poor forlorn stranger”
“here’s fifty guineas all in bright gold
and that’s far more than father owes you
so take it now and go away

I wish to god I’d gone before you”

they both sat down upon the bed
just for the side of one half hour
not a word did either speak
just down their cheeks the tears did shower
she rests her head all on his breast
and round his neck her arms entwinéd
“no duke nor lord, nor earl I’ll wed
I’ll wait for thee my own Matt Hyland
oh I’ll wait for thee my own Matt Hyland
I’ll wait for thee my own Matt Hyland


the recording
personnel
produced by : John McCusker
recorded by : Andy Seward and Joe Rusby at Pure Records studio, Yorkshire
mixed by : Andy Seward and Joe Rusby at Pure Records studio, Yorkshire
mastered by : Chris Thorpe at Serendipity
technical
track timing : 5:03
song timing : 4:57
released on
album : Little lights track 10