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Dandelion and Clover

from First Farewell by Peggy Seeger

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words, music © Peggy Seeger

A little boy came to our kitchen door
Can she come out to play?
We ran all the way to our wild place
To blow dandelion fairies and look for the four-leaf clover.
We were seven. Before he was eight it was over
He fell asleep on the school room floor
And they took him away to heaven.

But he would come back and marry me.
I knew he’d remember me.

With a boy from a painting I lay new born
Under the harvest moon
in April he cut out my heart and left
To blow dandelion fairies and lie with my friend in the clover.
It was over. All over.
He died long ago on a highway,
A beautiful father of children.

But he comes back now and then
When ... I remember him.

Sorrow and joy are bound together
Sweet lover, remember me
Come back, come back
And lie in my arms forever

In the dark of night I lie awake
And wait for the winter moon
I dream of you and wild places
Of dandelion and clover
Soon .... It will be over ...all over
Gone away
But songs don’t die on a school room floor
Tomorrow I’ll come to your kitchen door
Will you come out to play?
Will you come out to play?


from First Farewell, released April 9, 2021
Vocals: Peggy Seeger
Cor Anglais: Kate St John
Produced by Calum MacColl
Mixed by Calum Malcolm


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Peggy is one of the most influential folk singers on either side of the Atlantic. She is Pete Seeger’s half-sister and Ruth Crawford Seeger’s daughter; her first life partner was the English songwriter Ewan MacColl, who wrote First Time Ever I Saw Your Face for her. She has made more than 22 solo recordings to date. Please check ewanmaccoll.bandcamp.com for other albums featuring Peggy. ... more


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