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Thread #49112   Message #3468196
Posted By: Jim Dixon
18-Jan-13 - 03:32 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Tune Req: Bread and Fishes (Alan Bell)
Subject: Lyr Add: BREAD AND FISHES (Alan Bell)
I listened to this recording on Spotify and made corrections to the version in the DigiTrad database. Most importantly, two lines were missing from that version, making verse 3 awkwardly have 6 lines.


BREAD AND FISHES
As sung by Alan Bell on "The Definitive Collection" (2005)

1. As I was a-walking' one morning in spring,
I met with some trav'llers in an old country lane.
One was an old man, the second a maid.
The third was a young boy who smiled as he said:

CHORUS: With the wind in the willows, and the birds in the sky,
There's a bright sun to warm us, wherever we lie.
We have bread and fishes and a jug of red wine
To share on our journey with all of mankind.

2. So I sat down beside them, with the gay flowers around,
And we ate from a mantle spread out on the ground.
They told me of peoples and prophets and kings,
And all of the one God who knew ev'rything. CHORUS

3. So I asked them to tell me their names and their race,
That I may remember their kindness and grace.
"My name is Joseph; this is Mary, my wife,
And this is our young son, who is our dear life." CHORUS

4. "We are travelling to Glaston, through England's green lanes,
To hear of men's troubles, to hear of men's pains.

We travel the wide world, for the lands and the sea,
To tell all the people how they can be free." CHORUS

5. So sadly, I left them in that old country lane.
I know that I never shall see them again.
One was an old man, the second a maid.
The third was a young boy who smiled as he said: CHORUS