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The Old Church Yard

from The Tailor and the Mouse by Jim Lynch

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An American folk tune. I encourage you to look for the performance by the duet "The Murphy Beds "of this song, which has haunting lyrics. I've reproduced the lyrics here (click on "lyrics" on the track list).

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Come, come with me to the old churchyard
I so well know these paths 'neath the soft green sward
Friends slumber in there that we want to regard
We will trace out their names in the old churchyard

Mourn not for them for their trials are o'er
Why weep for those who will weep no more?
For sweet is their sleep, though cold and hard
Their pillows may be in the old churchyard

I know it's vain when friends depart
To breathe kind words to a broken heart
And I know that the joy of life is marred
When we follow lost friends to the old churchyard

But were I at rest 'neath yonder tree
Why would you weep, my friends, for me?
I'm so weary, so wayworn, why would you retard
The peace that I seek in the old churchyard?

Why weep for me, for I'm anxious to go
To that haven of rest where no tears ever flow
And I fear not to enter that dark lonely tomb
Where our savior has lain and conquered the gloom

I rest in the hope that one bright day
Sunshine will burst to these prisons of clay
And old Gabriel's trumpet and voice of the Lord
Will wake up the dead in the old churchyard

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from The Tailor and the Mouse, released August 6, 2023

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Jim Lynch New Mexico

American composer and producer of instrumental music in several genres, including ambient soundscapes, indie-tronic, orchestral, chamber and medieval. All works created using digital audio workstation software and numerous sound libraries. Influences include John Coltrane, Igor Stravinsky, Gustav Holst, Claude Debussy, Tangerine Dream, Robert Prince, Frank Zappa, Brian Eno.. ... more

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