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Lyr Req: Garden Valley (Dougie Maclean)

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Subject: Lyrics: garden valley-Dougie Maclean
Date: 26 Sep 10 - 04:25 PM

All the websites (including Dougies) have:

This is really not my home
Oh where are you my lovely Jenny?

As the first two lines, wheras the second line sounds as though it aught to be:

With you my lovely Jenny

Whereas Dougie actually sounds like he sings:

Will you my lovely Jenny

...which grammatically seems odd.

BTW I have continued to try and seek membership here but the registration system says I am already registered (whi I am sure I am). I have emailed Joe but never heard back, so can't see how to become a member now?


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: garden valley-Dougie Maclean
From: Commander Crabbe
Date: 26 Sep 10 - 06:33 PM

As I understand it, it seems to be written in the context of him being away from home on tour living in a hotel or B&B in a city somewhere lonely and missing his wife.

This would make the second line correct.

The last verse is related to the highland clearances where many were evicted from their homes and transported to America and the like. It seem to be expressing a knowing of how they felt.

Any way that's just my opinion, I'm sure there are a few more! If you really want to know you could ask the man himself here:


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Subject: Lyr Add: GARDEN VALLEY (Dougie Maclean)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Sep 10 - 09:37 AM

Copied from

Dougie Maclean

1. This is really not my home.
Where are you, my lovely Jenny?
I'm afraid and all alone.
There's no peace for me.
And I'm sitting in a stranger's room,
Playing at the stranger's table,
Shining empty like the moon.
There's no peace for me.

CHORUS: But in the darkness, struggle, cold,
I think about the garden valley,
Gentle as the leaves unfold,
Sitting out across the Tae,
Distant and so far away.
There is no peace for me.

2. I'm blinded by your city lights.
I wander through these fearful places.
The colors fade to black and white.
There is no peace for me.
And these are not the friends I know.
These are not their smiling faces,
The desert that no one should know.
There's no peace for me.

3. Now I know and feel it well,
Of emigrant's deep sunken feeling,
Standing at the gates of hell.
There's no peace for me.
Burned out by their masters' greed,
Cruel exile, transportation,
Robbed of every love and need,
There's no peace for me.

[Several people have recorded this: De Danann, Cara Dillon, Tommy Fleming, David Menefee, David Munnelly, Cathie Ryan, and of course Dougie himself.]

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