I MADE A CROSS
OUT OF STICKS AND BONE
THEN I WALKED
IN A POCKET HID
SO THE DEVIL
WOULDN'T SEE IT
I WAS SHIVERING LIKE A DROWNING MOON
TALKED TO A CROW IN A SYCAMORE TREE
NOW GO CAREFULLY
SEEN THE DEVIL WALKING IN FRONT OF THEE
I WAS SHIVERING
LIKE A DROWNING MOON
THE DEVIL BETTER BE AWARE
GONNA LET HIM STOP ME
MEANS THE WHOLE DAM WORLD TO ME
SHIVERING LIKE A DROWNING MOON
THE CROW SAID HE'D SEEN BETTER MEN THAN ME
THE DEVIL IN THAT DARK COLD STREAM
BUT I FEEL
NO FEAR WITH MY CROSS ON MY CHEST
HER BECAUSE I FEEL BLESSED
THE DEVIL TOOK MY BABY AWAY FROM ME
SHIVERING ALL OVER
A local character
in the village of Blewbury , Oxon photographed in Victorian times.
This song recorded
in Cowley, Oxford on Harmony semi-acoustic and old red Marshall
amp. Weird harp playing all my doing. My best attempt yet to grab
the Thames Valley Daniel Johnston crown!
What's it about.
Well the devil basically. The idea of the talking crow came from
a folk tale recounted on'Travellers : Songs, Stories and Tunes from
English Gypsies'Lp on Topic. Here the original cover photo .....footnote...my
father's mother was originally a Lee...so in the blood....
Also the ending
is a very bad memory of The Pirates 'Shakin' All Over' which had
resurfaced ( possibly the greatest English Rock n' Roll song ever)
and also a trace of Marty Wilde's 'Endless Sleep' which has the
refrain 'The sea took your baby from you away' if I remember right.
One of the first singles I ever owned which I got from a jumble
sale at my Mum's playgroup. This means that my formative influences
were Cliff Richard and Frank Ifield as well as Marty!