Family (La Folia)

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lyrics

Elizabeth has fallen down the stairs
They must have caught her unawares
The carpet weavers' houses have no banisters
And so she lands in a peculiar position
Someone calls for the physician
But too late, and she is buried in the family tradition
The year is 1897

With the dawn on Monday morning, nine years later
In a most determined manner
Alfred in his nightshirt quits this sorry earth
It is for want of work and want of wife
He's taken up a kitchen knife
To bleed his throat dry, and they find him lying face down on the hearth
But at least he didn't linger
Like his brother when he fell from off the cart
In the disaster that occurred
On the way to Foggy Furze

An incident unfortunate with poison
Happens to poor Alfred's cousin
Whose wife's position means she must allay suspicion
He was the victim of a dark turn of events
With an unhappy consequence
Involving strychnine
But there's not a single shred of evidence
Despite her dubious defence

After I had gone they used to say
That I was always rather strange
And they were never sure
They said I disappeared before the war
And my own family thought I'd died
But I just led a different life
If you look close enough
You'll see me in the photograph

credits

from Fairy Tale Ending, released November 21, 2016
Kate Arnold - violin, vocals, percussion
Jonathan Clayton - cello
Chris Cornetto - cajon
Elizabeth Nott - hand drum
Mark Stefanicki - hurdy gurdy

Written by Kate Arnold

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Fear of the Forest London, UK

Fear of the Forest is a unique project combining folk, classical, medieval and Middle Eastern influences with intriguing lyrical content. Fronted by Kate Arnold on vocals, hammered dulcimer and violin, the band’s sound has been described as ‘punk baroque’ and combines a strong percussive element (two Iranian dafs/frame drums!) with unusual time signatures and modal elements. ... more

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