Stranger at the Gate EP

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A remastered version of Cold Blows the Wind (track 1) appears on our full-length album Lips of Clay (2012).

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released December 12, 2011

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Solarference is Nick Janaway and Sarah Owen.

We combine traditional folk songs with innovative electronic sound-manipulation: unearthly but warm, lyrical and organic sound-worlds.

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Track Name: Cold Blows the Wind
Cold blows the wind tonight dear love
and cold the drops of rain
I never had but one sweetheart -
in greenwood she was slain dear love
and in greenwood she was laid
I'll sit and mourn all on her grave
for twelvemonth and a day

When twelvemonth and a day is done
my love from yonder speaks
"Why weep you here upon my grave?
what is it that you want from me
and will not let me sleep?"
"One final kiss from your cold clay lips
is all I ask of thee..."

"My lips are not of life dear love
my breath is earthly still
if you do lay your lips on mine
your time will not be long dear love
tomorrow or today..."
"Back to this earth I give my soul
I'll kiss your lips of clay"

"When will we meet again dear love
when will us two be near"
"When oaken leaves do fall from trees
when they're withered up and gone dear love
when withered up so brown
when you and I and all the world
are laid into the ground"

Cold blows the wind tonight dear love
and cold the drops of rain
I never had but one sweetheart
Track Name: Gallant Ship
I'll build myself a gallant ship
a ship it is of noble fame
four-and-twenty mariners
they shall box it on the main
I will stand with helm in hand
stand to guide them on their way
would i were with my true love fair
before the dawning of the day

No scarf shall over my shoulders go
and i shall never comb my hair
pale moonlight, the candlelight,
neither tells that i am fair
frost may fall and as a pall
wrap me up in sleet and snow
no rest i'll taste but sail in haste
to where my love is lying low

Mi a glywais fod yr 'hedydd
wedi marw ar y mynydd
pe gwyddwn i mai gwir y geiriau
awn a gyrr o wyr ac arfau
i gyrchu corff yr hedydd adre

Mi a glywais fod yr hebog
eto'n fynych uwch y fawnog
a bod ei galon a'i adenydd
wrth fynd heibio i gorff yr 'hedydd
yn curo'n llwyfr fel calon llofrudd
Track Name: Three Sisters
There came a stranger to the gate
Jennifer gentle and rosemary
and he three days and nights did wait
as the dove flies over the mulberry tree

The eldest sister bid him leave
Jennifer gentle and rosemary
the second swore they would be deceived
as the dove flies over the mulberry tree

The youngest sister let him in
Jennifer gentle and rosemary
and barred the door with a silver pin
as the dove flies over the mulberry tree

"Now you must answer my questions five,"
Jennifer gentle and rosemary
he says, "or surely you will be mine,"
as the dove flies over the mulberry tree

"Oh what is louder than a horn,
and what is broader than the way,
and what is sharper than the thorn,
and what is colder, colder than the clay,

"And what is rounder than a ring,
Jennifer gentle and rosemary,
now unto me your answers bring
as the dove flies over the mulberry tree."

"Oh shame is louder than a horn,
and love is broader than the way,
and hunger's sharper than the thorn,
death is colder, colder than the clay,

"This world is rounder than a ring
Jennifer gentle and rosemary
and so I now my answers bring
as the dove flies over the mulberry tree."

And as his answers she did name
Jennifer gentle and rosemary
he flew away in a blazing flame
as the dove flies over the mulberry tree.
Track Name: Willow Tree
When I was in my prime
I flourished like a vine
then came upon a false young man
stole the heart of mine,
gone stole the heart of mine

The gard'ner standing by
three offers he made to me
the pink, the violet, the red, red rose
which I refused all three,
which I refused all three

The pink's no flower at all
for it fadeth way too soon
the violet is too pale a hue
I think I'll wait 'til June,
I think I'll wait 'til June

In June the red rose blooms
that's not the flower for me
and so I'll cut the red rose off
and plant a willow tree,
and plant a willow tree

And the willow tree shall weep
and the willow tree shall whine
I wish I was in the young man's arms
that stole the heart of mine,
that stole the heart of mine