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Lyr Req: Garden Valley (Dougie MacLean)

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dennis 12 Nov 96 - 04:35 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 17 Sep 01 - 10:21 PM
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Jim Dixon 14 Mar 10 - 12:23 PM
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Jim Dixon 27 Sep 10 - 09:37 AM
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Subject: Dougie MacLean's
From: dennis
Date: 12 Nov 96 - 04:35 PM

Heard this song a a Thistle and Shamrock. Anyone have lyrics?


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Subject: RE: Dougie MacLean's
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 17 Sep 01 - 10:21 PM

A Garden Valley
 


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Subject: RE: Dougie MacLean's
From: Steveie1
Date: 20 Sep 01 - 08:22 AM

I have the lyrics at home, will post them tonight or tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Garden Valley (Dougie MacLean)
From: The Villan
Date: 12 Mar 10 - 06:44 AM

I think this is a most beautiful version of it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PZDD_Zt6MA

Sorry Dougie :-)


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Subject: Lyr Req: GARDEN VALLEY (Dougie MacLean)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Mar 10 - 12:23 PM

I found the lyrics online and adjusted them a bit to agree with what Cara Dillon sings on the YouTube video. (See The Villan's link above.)


GARDEN VALLEY
Dougie MacLean
        
1. This is really not my home.
Oh, Where are you, my lovely Johnny?*
I'm afraid and all alone.
There's no peace for me.
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 a garden valley,
Gentle as the leaves unfold,
Singing out across the bay,**
Distant and so far away.
There's no peace for me.

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

3. Now I know and feel it well,
The poor 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 I need,***
There's no peace for me.


[* "Johnny": some sources have "Jenny" (depending on who's singing it, of course).
** "across the bay": some sources have "along the Tay."
*** "love I need": some sources have "love and need"--which doesn't quite make sense. How do you rob somebody of a need? Anyway, Cara Dillon clearly sings "I."

Recorded by Dougie MacLean, De Danann, Cara Dillon, and a few others.]


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Subject: Lyrics: garden valley-Dougie Maclean
From: GUEST
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?

Trevor


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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:

http://www.dougiemaclean.com/index.php?option=com_contact&view=contact&id=1&Itemid=66

CC


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

Copied from http://www.thelyricarchive.com/song/879120-119074/Garden-Valley


GARDEN VALLEY
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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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Garden Valley (Dougie MacLean)
From: GUEST,George from Hamilton
Date: 02 May 11 - 09:16 AM

I have the tab for this beautiful song by Dougie Maclean.If anyone wants the tab, e-mail me at gbm1@talktalk.net
The guitar tuning is open C, Dougie's favoured tuning.


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Subject: Lyr Add: GARDEN VALLEY (Dougie MacLean)
From: maeve
Date: 02 May 11 - 09:45 AM

"Garden Valley" as written by the author: (There are several differences, some of which significantly impact meaning while others seem to me to make the lyric more gracefully worded.


GARDEN VALLEY

Music & Lyrics by Dougie MacLean. Published by Limetree Arts and Music

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

CHORUS
But in the darkness struggle cold
I think about a garden valley
Gentle as the leaves unfold
Singing out across the Tay
Distant and so far away
There is no peace for me

I'm blinded by your city lights
I wander through these fearful places
The colours 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
A desert that no-one should know
There is no peace for me
CHORUS

Now I know and feel it well
Poor immigrants' deep sunken feeling
Standing at the gates of Hell
There is no peace for me
Burned out by their master's greed
Cruel exile transportation
Robbed of every love and need
There is no peace for me
CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Garden Valley (Dougie MacLean)
From: RunrigFan
Date: 19 Sep 11 - 11:30 PM

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

But in the darkness struggle cold
I think about a garden valley
Gentle as the leaves unfold
Singing out along the Tay
Distant and so far away
There is no peace for me

I'm blinded by your city lights
I wander through these fearful places
The colours 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
A desert that no-one should know
There is no peace for me

But in the darkness struggle cold
I think about a garden valley
Gentle as the leaves unfold
Singing out along the Tay
Distant and so far away
There is no peace for me

Now I know and feel it well
Poor immigrants' deep sunken feeling
Standing at the gates of Hell
There is no peace for me
Burned out by their master's greed
Cruel exile transportation
Robbed of every love and need
There is no peace for me

But in the darkness struggle cold
I think about a garden valley
Gentle as the leaves unfold
Singing out along the Tay
Distant and so far away
There is no peace for me


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