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Ballinatray

from Glenaphuca by Lewis Barfoot

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lyrics

Once there was a family from an island in the south
The Mother was a fine one, Father put drink in his mouth
Despite love of the liquor, he bred a whole flock of nine
Three raven-haired sisters, six lads to tow the line

Now this woman though made of earth ‘n stone was wounded by some words
Sticks and stones can snap your bones, words they hurt the worst
For defending from her drunken wretch, her babies, her own kind
She was labeled as a “mad one” for speaking her own mind

To the madhouse she was sent for speaking from her heart
Nine young children from their mother had to part
The young boys, they all died, not a man left
Just three raven haired sisters with their white skin and bare breasts

Now the three raven haired sisters were sent along their way
Without a toy between them, just with themselves to play
But the play didn't last long, as they looked up from the shore
Where the nuns, not a smile between them, locked the orphanage door

Now this story is a long one with several tales of woe
And the pain of these women continues to flow
Sticks and stones have snapped their bones, words they hurt the worst
Now the words of their story are free to be dispersed

No, not hidden no more, there’s no need for pain
No, not hidden no more there’s no need for shame

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from Glenaphuca, released March 5, 2021
Written, performed and produced by Lewis, recorded at Soup Studios with Giles Barrett, London and mastered by Pete Maher.

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Lewis Barfoot Cork, Ireland

Half Irish, half English Lewis works with an uncomplicated loveliness of sound, combining ethereal, evocative vocals with original compositions and reinventions of traditional songs from Ireland and the UK. A timeless & gifted storyteller who transports the listener to strange, magical, otherworldly places.

“What a beautiful, beautiful voice she has, just gorgeous” - Eve Blair, BBC Radio Ulster
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