Old Black Crow

by Emma and The Professor

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"Old Black Crow radiates with the energy that lies within the ancient lands of the Welsh Marches. Here are tales of sorrow, loss, hope and love all delivered with deep passion and soul."

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released April 22, 2017

Emma Heath - Guitar / Vocals
Mark Davies - Bodhran / Cajon

Guest musicians
Benji Kirkpatrick - Bouzouki on Battle of The Marches and Servant Slave.
Banjo on Old Black Crow and Kisses Sweeter than Wine.

Marion Fleetwood - Violin / Viola / Cello and strimg arrangements on Eastern Sunrise and She Moved Through the Fair.

Ben Walsh - Violin on Old Black Crow and Lily.

Jack Rowe - Violin on Rain and Snow.

All other instrumentation - Tony Skeggs

Recorded and Produced by Tony Skeggs.

Benji Kirkpatrick's part on Kisses Sweeter than Wine and
Marion Fleetwood's strings recorded by Jeremy Paul Carroll
at Precision Mastering, Cropredy.

Mastered by Jared Bryant at Severn Valley Studios

Album cover painted by Fay Brotherhood.

Photographed by Rob Dunsford

CD design by Amber Meredith-Jones.

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Track Name: Old Black Crow
Way down deep in the forest
Something’s calling me
Stopped me dead in the middle of my tracks
To see what I could see
Gazed in through a window
To my surprise
Were fine, fine ladies dancing
with fire in their eyes.

Take me down to the river take me down today
Forgive me girl for what I did and wash my sins away
Ain’t no use in crying now that she’s gone
I vowed I’d never forsake my love
And now she’s proved me wrong.

Oh what a beauty so fine
I was possessed and I nearly lost my mind
To have her, hold her
She will be mine.
And the old black crow comes a calling.

Don’t you hear me calling, calling out your name?
I’d sell my soul to the devil my girl
If I could have you back again
Old black crow comes tapping, tapping at my door
I’ve given everything I got and I ain’t got anymore.

Oh what a beauty so fine
I was possessed and I nearly lost my mind
To have her, hold her
She will be mine.
And the old black crow comes a calling
Comes a calling.


She left so long ago
And now my heart is as black as the coal
Who’s that tapping on my door?
Old black crow coming back for more
Old black crow
Comes a calling, comes a calling, comes a calling.

Sold my soul to the devil
Sold my soul to the devil
Sold my soul to the devil
Sold my soul to the devil

She left so long ago
And now my heart is as black as the coal
Who’s that tapping on my door?
Old black crow coming back for more
Who’s that tapping on my door?
Old black crow coming back for more
Who’s that tapping on my door?
Old black crow coming back for more
Old black crow
Comes a calling.
Track Name: Lily
I’ve always walked the fields but I’ve never known why
Never felt alone with you by my side
Time it separates but I don’t know why
And I feel like I’ve known you all of my life.
When I’m here on the hill looking back at the view
Show me your secrets as arrows run true
They’re speaking to me as they once spoke to you
From Clun to Clee the ridgeway lies before you.

Oh Lily, Oh Lily our time has now passed
The bones of the dead are but shadow and dust
Oh Lily, Oh Lily I can hear you say
We shall meet again my friend
On the old ridgeway.

Now winters have passed and summers have been
And memories of lifetimes are all I have seen
If it’s just for one moment I could be there
Clun to Clee the ridgeway lies before you.





Oh Lily, Oh Lily our time has now passed
The bones of the dead are but shadow and dust
Oh Lily, Oh Lily I can hear you say
We shall meet again my friend
On the old ridgeway.


I feel your power
I hear your call
Like the moon and the stars
and the stones of time
And the sun.

Oh Lily, Oh Lily our time has now passed
The bones of the dead are but shadow and dust
Oh Lily, Oh Lily I can hear you say
We shall meet again my friend
On the old ridgeway
Clun to Clee the ridgeway lies before you.
Track Name: Eastern Sunrise
On this road I am travelling
I know that it is long
I keep on searching
to the desert I have come
In the dead of the night
I danced by moonlight
For you my love
for you.

Night time drifting
shadows shifting
Twisting turning
lovers yearning
Everlasting
so enchanting
Eastern Sunrise
follow me.

If I reach a new tomorrow
turn back the sands of time
keep on believing
that forever’s never mine.
And the wheel keeps on turning
as my heart is burning
For you my love
for you.

Night time drifting
shadows shifting
Twisting turning
lovers yearning.
Everlasting
so enchanting
Eastern sunrise
follow me.



I’m following a whisper
Oh an echo on the breeze
At the dawning of the sunrise
Are the memories left of me.

Night time drifting
shadows shifting
Twisting turning
lovers yearning.
Everlasting
so enchanting
Eastern sunrise
follow me.
Track Name: She Moved Through The fair
My young love said to me my mother wont mind
And my father wont slight you for your lack of kine
And she stepped away from me and this she did say
It will not be long love til our wedding day.

She stepped away from me and she moved through the fair
So sadly I watched her move here and move there
Then homeward she wondered with one star awake
As the swan in the evening moves over the lake.

The people were saying no two were e’er wed
But one had a sorrow that never, never was said
And she went away from me and this she did say
It will not be long love til our wedding day.

Last night she came to me my true love came in
So softly she came that her feet made no din
And she laid her hand on me and this she did say
It will not be long love til our wedding day.
Track Name: Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
When I was a young man never been kissed
I got to thinking over what I had missed.
I found me a woman I kissed her and then
Oh lord, I kissed her again.

Oh, oh, kisses sweeter than wine
Oh, oh, kisses sweeter than wine.

He asked to marry and be his sweet wife
And we would be so happy for all of our lives.
He begged and he pleaded like a natural man
And then, oh lord, I gave him my hand.

Oh, oh, kisses sweeter than wine
Oh, oh, kisses sweeter than wine.

I worked mighty hard and so did my wife
To get what we needed to make a good life.
With corn in the fields and wheat in the bins
And I was, oh lord, the father of twins.

Oh, oh, kisses sweeter than wine
Oh, oh, kisses sweeter than wine.

Well our children numbered to just about four
They all had sweethearts knocking at their door.
They all got married and they didn’t hesitate
And I was oh lord, the grandmother of eight.

Oh, oh, kisses sweeter than wine
Oh, oh, kisses sweeter than wine.

Now we are old and ready to go
We got to thinking what happened a long time ago.
We had a lot of children trouble and pain
But oh lord, we’d do it again.

Oh, oh, kisses sweeter than wine
Oh, oh, kisses sweeter than wine.
Oh, oh, kisses sweeter than wine
Oh, oh, kisses sweeter than wine.
Track Name: Battle of The Marches
Through the valleys, ‘neath the stars
From the west come shining torches
Keep the circle strong and true
And we’ll drive out all the evil forces.
Build a fire and beat the drum
And we’ll summon up immortal heroes
The time has come, we must prepare
For battle of the Marches.

Give me my bow into my hand
And I the King will make a stand
For I am Pook and I am Pan
Within the realms of fairy land.

Build a fire and beat the drum
Dance and sing and they will come
Build a fire and beat the, beat the, beat the drum
Dance and sing and they will come

Dance and sing in fairy ring
Of ancient throne and fairy stone
Dance and sing.
Track Name: The Devil's Plough
In an ancient land where boundaries lie
great kings of power reach for the sky.
From the Bristol Channel to the Irish Sea
rolls as far as the eye can see.
Oh mighty King of the Mercians
you drove a Dyke through the ancient lands.
Marched mile on mile across low lands
state your claim over England.


The Devil’s Plough cuts earth and stone
No hand of man could work alone.
Whipped up fear in the borderlands
where lost souls rest in no man’s land.

As the clouds were filled with the promise of rain
Upon the shores a lady came
Cynethryth brought her guilt and shame
And in return took Offa’s name.
Shrowded in mystery
Awf’s ditch is all that’s left to see
And if you listen carefully
you’ll hear a whisper on the breeze.

The Devil’s Plough cuts earth and stone
No hand of man could work alone.
Whipped up fear in the borderlands
where lost souls rest in no man’s land.

Cut through the earth and stone, cut through the earth and stone
Hear the ground tremble and moan
cut through the earth and stone.
Cut through the earth and stone, cut through the earth and stone
Cut through the earth and stone.

The Devil’s Plough cuts earth and stone,
No hand of man could work alone
Whipped up fear in the borderlands
where lost souls rest in no man’s land.
Track Name: Servant Slave
My time has come to say goodbye
Don’t ask me why, don’t ask me why
I loved you well I loved you fine
But you’re not mine, no you’ll never be mine

All of the evening, all of the day
I am a servant I am a slave.

You taught me truth and honesty
I gave my heart so willingly
But all the while I should’ve seen
Now devils stand where angels have been.

All of the evening, all of the day
I am a servant I am a slave.

My will is strong my heart is true
My love runs deep like oceans blue
A love that lasts eternity
Forever true to you I’ll be.

All of the evening, all of the day
I am a servant I am a slave
All of the evening, all of the day
I am a servant I am a slave
Track Name: Rain and Snow
Well she married me a wife,
gave me trouble all my life
Left me out in the cold rain and snow.
Rain and snow, rain and snow
Left me out in the cold rain and snow.

She came running on down the stair
Combing back her yellow hair
And her cheeks were as red as the rose.
As the rose, as the rose
And her cheeks were as red as the rose.

She came on into that room
Where she met her fatal doom
Saying I can’t get along with you.
With you, with you
Saying I can’t get along with you.

Well I ain’t got no use
For your red apple juice
And I ain’t gonna be treated this way.
This way, this way
Saying I ain’t gonna be treated this way.

I see you sitting in the shade
Counting every dime I made
I’m so broken and hungry too.
Hungry too, hungry too
I’m so broken and hungry too.
Track Name: Men-an-Tol
So I find myself amongst the brave south western hills
Running like a mad man on the moor
Let the sweet Atlantic rain wash away my ills
The Men-an-tol shone strangely in the storm.
I get the strangest feeling in the air around
It’s more than just a feeling.
A different way of seeing a different kind of life
Something I believe in, something I believe in.

Here amongst the city lights the feelings not so clear
Neon lights and faceless signs hide what I hold dear
But it’s there to find if you have the mind
And you don’t live in fear of it.

Give me something, give me something to believe in
Give me something, give me something
Gotta give me something to believe.
Give me something, give me something
I believe, oh I believe
Give me something, give me something.

I rest amongst what still remains of lives that passed before
Lightning strikes the top of Zennor Tor.
As I find myself amazed again at man’s pathetic score
Years of knowledge wasted and ignored.

It’s a feeling, it’s a feeling
Gotta give me something to believe in.
It’s a feeling, it’s a feeling
I believe, oh I believe.
I believe, I believe
Gotta give me something to believe in.
Give me something, give me something.
Track Name: Rivers
In every sunrise and bird that sings
In every teardrop that sorrow brings
In every storm and wind that blows
You surround me wherever I go.

You’re all around me you surround me
You’re everywhere I go
You’re within me always near me where rivers,
You’re all around me you surround me
You’re everywhere I go
You’re within me always near me where rivers, rivers flow.