the song
title : Withered and died
written by : Richard Thompson
song copyright : © 1974 Warlock Music Ltd
source recording : Richard and Linda Thompson recorded this on their first album together I want to see the bright lights tonight (1974)

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 : C major
time-signature : 3/4
tempo : MM 95
form : VR M VR vr VR M VRX vrx
lyrics

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

Withered and died

this cruel country has driven me down
teased me and lied, teased me and lied
I’ve only sad stories to tell to this town

my dreams have withered and died

once I was bending the tops of the trees
kind words in my ears, kind faces to see

oh then I struck up with a boy from the west
they’d run and hide, they’d run and hide
count one to ten and he’s gone with the rest

my dreams have withered and died

– violin solo

silver moon sailor, oh silver moon shine
on the waters so wide, the waters so wide
I steal from the bed of some good friend of mine

my dreams have withered and died

{aah-aah behind:} if I were a butterfly I’d live for a day
I would be free, just blowing away

this cruel country has driven me down
teased me and lied, teased me and lied
I’ve only sad stories to tell to this town

my dreams have withered and died
my dreams have withered and died


{aah-ee-aah-aah-aah}
ahh, dee-an-dee {etc.}

explanations
‘silver moon sailor’ (checked with the lyrics on the official Kate Rusby website) replaces ‘silver moon sail by’ of the original, which I think would make slightly more sense

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 : 3:58
song timing : 3:57
released on
album : Little lights track 3