Beginnings EP

by Hannah Rarity

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released November 17, 2016

'Beginnings' features my wonderful band:

Innes White: Guitar and Keys
Sally Simpson: Fiddle and Viola
Conal McDonagh: Whistle

All tracks arranged by McDonagh, Rarity, Simpson and White.
Tracks 1 and 5 written by Hannah Rarity.

Produced/Engineered/Mixed and Mastered
by Scott Wood at Oak Ridge Studios.
Photography by Beth Chalmers.
Layout by Dougie Harley.

A huge thanks to Innes, Sally and Conal for their time, talent and friendship, Scott Wood for embarking on this venture with us, my parents for their support, Phil Cunningham, Dougie Harley, Beth Chalmers, Birnam CD and Caroline Campbell of 'Caroline's Violins' for loan of one of her beautiful violas for this recording.

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“Listening to Hannah Rarity’s gently intoxicating voice is one of those simple pleasures that you’ll want to repeat, safe in the knowledge that listening to her glorious vocals can do you nothing but good.” FolkWords

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Track Name: Anna's Lullaby
Cuddle in and hold me tight,
As I tell you everything’s alright,
Close your eyes like stars,
Rest your head, my baby.

Me oh my, I love you so,
Hurts my heart to leave you,
Though I know come the morning light,
We’ll be back together.

As you lay there sound asleep,
I’ll be guarding over you
To keep the demons from your door,
Rest your head, my baby.

The blanket o’er the world tonight,
Will soon be pulled away to let the light,
Awaken you and I,
Rest your head my baby.

Me oh my, I love you so,
Hurts my heart to leave you,
Though I know come the morning light,
We’ll be back together.
Track Name: Miller Tae My Trade
I am a miller tae my trade, and that sae weel ye ken, O,
I am a miller tae my trade, and that sae weel ye ken, O.
I am a miller tae my trade, aye, and mony a sack o' meal I've made
And mony a lassie I hae laid at the back o' the sacks o' meal, O

As merrily as the wheel gaes roond, the rate sae weel ye ken, O,
As merrily as the wheel gaes roond, the rate sae weel ye ken, O.
O, as merrily as the wheel gaes roond, wi' grinding peas and corn, O,
A better job was never foond since ever I been born, O.

It happened ae nicht in June, when I was in mysel', O,
It happened ae nicht in June, when I was in mysel', O.
O, the lassie cam' tripplin' doon the lane, said, “I hear your mill a-clackin' in, Aye and I thocht that I would just look in, for tae see if you're in yoursel', O.”

“You're welcome here, my bonnie lass, you're welcome here for aye, O,
You're welcome here, my bonnie lass, you're welcome here for aye, O,
You're welcome here, my bonnie lass, aye, whit's the news that I maun hear?
Will ye consent tae bide wi' me, aye, and bide wi' me for aye, O?”

The lauchin' lassie gied a smile, she said she couldna tell, O,
The lauchin' lassie gied a smile, she said she couldna tell, O.
O, the lauchin' lassie gied a smile She said, “Ye'll hae tae wait awhile.
When I hear your mill a-clackin' in, then ye'll hae me tae yoursel', O.”

I kissed her lips as sweet as honey, as sweet as honey dew, O,
I kissed her lips as sweet as honey, as sweet as honey dew, O.
I kissed her lips as sweet as honey until a tear cam' in her e'e,
“Oh I'll leave my mammy a' for thee, aye, and I'll bide wi' ye for aye, O.”
Track Name: Stevenson's
I will make you brooches and toys to delight
Of bird-song at morning and star-shine at night.
I will make a palace fit for you and me
Of green days in forests and blue days at sea.

I will grow you a garden, plant it with seeds,
We'll bask in its colour and banish all weeds,
And when summer is over and winter is here,
By the warm fireside I'll be waiting, my dear.

And this shall be music when no one else is near,
The rare song I'm singing, the rare song to hear,
That only I remember and only you admire,
Of the broad road that stretches and the roadside fire.
Track Name: Pretty Saro
Down in some lonesome valley, in a lonesome place,
Where the wild birds do whistle and their notes do increase.
Farewell Pretty Saro, I bid you adieu,
And I'll dream of Pretty Saro wherever I go.

My love, she won't have me, so I understand,
She wants a freeholder who owns house on land,
I cannot maintain her with riches and gold,
Nor buy all the fine things that a big house can hold.

If I were a merchant and could write a fine hand,
I'd write my love a letter that she'd understand,
I'd write it by a river where the waters o'erflow,
And I'd dream of Pretty Saro wherever I go.