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I Am Stretched on Your Grave

03:11
Jennifer Culley Curtin
Anon. Irish poem translated by Frank O'Connor / Tune ?Traditional

Story

This songs words come from an anon. 17th century Irish poem called "Taim Sinte ar do Thuama" which was translated by Frank O'Connor in the early 1900's.  According to Wikipedia "the tune had existed since at least 1928 and been associated with the poem as a song, since it is to the tune of "Taim Sinte ar do Thuamba" that Hymn #47 in Danta De: Idir Sean agus Nuad (the Trinity Sunday hymn "Dia an t-Athair do shealbhaig flaitheas naomhtha") is set. The hymnal says the tune is from Munster."  In 1979 Philip King recorded a adaptation that most of the current versions are based on.

Lyrics

I Am Stretched on Your Grave

I am stretched on your grave, and I'll lie here forever

If your hands were in mine I'd be sure they would not sever

My apple tree, my brightness it's time we were together

For I smell of the earth and am worn by the weather

When my family thinks that I'm safely in my bed

From night until morn I am stretched out at your head

Calling out to the earth with tears hot and wild

For the loss of the girl that I loved as a child

Do you remember the night oh the night when we were lost

In the shade of the blackthorn and the touch of frost

And thanks be to Jesus we did what was right

And your maiden head still is your pillar of light

The priests and the friars they approach me in dread

For I still love you oh my life and you're dead

I still would be your shelter through rain and through storm

And with you in your cold grave I cannot sleep warm

So I am stretched on your grave and I’ll lie here forever

If your hands were in mine I'd be sure they would not sever

My apple tree, my brightness it's time we were together

For I smell of the earth and am worn by the weather

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