Stark as Stone

from by Honor Finnegan

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Neo-traditional Irish ballad. A woman done wrong song. You can never have too many of these. Sung sean-nós style, with strings and percussion added for dramatic effect. A Kerrville New Folk Winner. Also recorded by Amy Speace on How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat.

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STARK AS STONE
Oh fie upon the ways of men
His fickle heart turns once again
This morning I was poetry
This evening there's no use for me
I wish that I had never shown
The things that two might when alone
When bearing more than flesh and bone
The inner self stands stark as stone
I held his heart or so he said
Although he was already wed
But so he said and so I thought
I'd let him in when I should not
For he was not mine to let in
But something told me, 'tis no sin
To give to one who wants you so
Let down your guard, girl, off you go
I followed him down gravel path
And found the courage then to laugh
When soft bare feet met sharp cold stone
I did not want to be alone
And ah, his words were warm and sweet
Which tempered salty, bloody feet
Where pain and joy were both complete
I lost my mind in vain deceit
Oh fie upon the ways of men
His fickle heart turns once again
This morning I was poetry
This evening there's no use for me
I wish that I had never shown
The things that two might when alone
When baring more than flesh and bone
The inner self stands stark as stone

credits

from Roses and Victory, released February 5, 2016
Honor Finnegan - vocals
Jay Mafale - keyboard
Pete Donovan - bass
Eric Puente - percussion

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Honor Finnegan New York, New York

Honor Finnegan is the Susan Boyle of quirky indie folk, only hotter.Her songs are humorous then heartbreaking with melodies that soar. Based in New York City, she has been making a splash in the northeastern regional folk scene with her original songs and ukulele playing. Combining elements of musical theatre, comedy, traditional folk, and poetry, Honor is cooler than the other side of the pillow. ... more

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