Undone

by The Lasses

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For us, folk music is not about perfection, not about arrangements, talent or skill. We feel folk is about telling stories, feeling connected, sharing sadness, sharing happiness. We once had a conversation about making music with our friend Luka Bloom. He said - and we hope we quote him correctly – “Don’t use a beautiful song to show how well you can sing, but use your voice to show the beauty of a song.” And we hope that that’s what comes through when you listen to this album.

We found a wonderful producer sharing our love of song in musician Janos Koolen, who we met in Mulligans, the Irish pub in Amsterdam that hosts a singing session every Wednesday. Janos helped us recreate the atmosphere of a session by setting up the microphones in such a way that we could sing and play together, facing each other. Most of what you hear on this album was recorded by the single microphone in the middle of the room. So when you listen, we hope you feel like you are there with us, that we sing for you. During the recording, we both actually had a specific “listener” in our minds – someone different for each song. For some songs this was the person who wrote the song or taught it to us, for others it was the one who inspired us to write it, and for some it was a friend who we thought might need the song at that particular time. We like to thank each of these “secret listeners” for being our imagined audience. Thank you so much for inspiring us during the recording of this album, Philip, David, Mairi, Misha, Jimmy, John, Jack, Chandar, Timothy, opa, Richard, Sue, and our lovely hometown Amsterdam.

We are so grateful to the fantastic, kind, patient, reassuring Janos Koolen for helping us create this album. He didn’t just take care of the recording side of things, he also helped us arrange the tracks, played multiple instruments, and hosted and fed us, all the while keeping two self-critical singers afloat. We hope we can ever pay you back! Big thanks and love to Mirte, Auke and Morris. We are so happy you agreed to be part of this and adorn our songs with your beautiful playing. Thanks to Timothy Hull who spent a morning with us in a misty park capturing the Undone feeling in images and to Sjaak Kassies for bringing unity in our plethora of design ideas. Many thanks to the Sena Performers Muziekproductiefonds for helping us finance the recording of this album. We also want to thank our friends from the Backroom Session in Mulligans for being the most supportive musical friends one can ask for, and to our fans, friends, families and concert organisers for allowing us to do what we love best. Lastly, thanks to you, who bought this album, for encouraging us to keep singing.

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released October 18, 2019

© The Lasses 2019
Produced by The Lasses & Janos Koolen
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Janos Koolen at Studio Doornenburg
Album design by Sjaak Kassies
Logo by Majken Enequist
Cover photo by Sophie Janna, all other photos by Timothy Hull

Vocals, acoustic guitar and bodhrán by Margot Merah and Sophie Janna. Violin by Mirte de Graaff (4, 8), acoustic guitar by Auke Hofstra (2), French horn by Morris Kliphuis (2, 12). Additional instruments by Janos Koolen: electric guitar (5, 7, 8, 11), mandolin (4), dobro and bass guitar (8), acoustic guitar (10) and piano (3).

Songs by Ola Belle Reed (1), Jack Durtnall (2), Margot Merah (3, 11), Sophie Janna (4), traditional (5, 6, 7), Natalie Merchant (8), David Francey (9), Bob Coltman (10), Sandy Denny (12) and Si Kahn (13).

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Track Name: Undone in Sorrow
Over yonder in the graveyard

Where the wild, wild flowers grow

It’s there they laid my own true lover

She's gone from me, forever more

Fairer than the sweetest flower

Restless as the wildest wind

Born with a love deep as an ocean

This was the girl that I loved best

I left her there back in the mountains

To see the world’s riches to gain

When I returned no earthly treasure

Could ease this heart so full of pain

There so high upon the mountain

Beneath that little mound of clay

The girl that I returned to marry

So still among of flowers lay

I'll go back and I will wander

I’ll lay aside my earthly gain

And I’ll not end a man of riches

Undone in sorrow I’ll remain
Track Name: The Tide
Embers on the water the sun fades clear
And the moon will soon be laughing down
As our eyes rest again on the same cold sphere
On her icy beauty, the ocean’s crown

And we’re turning on the tide, the tide and the time
The waves on your shore, the silence and the roar
That cuts across the space and time between our walls
As I feel your senses call, and our hearts pitch and roll
on the swell of the tide

My candle is burning low and I know it’s time to go
But tonight I hold you with me and wake up in the arms
Of your scent, your voice, your touch, your glow
The echoes of your closeness resound in me

And we’re turning on the tide, the tide and the time
The waves on your shore, the silence and the roar
That cuts across the space and time between our walls
As I feel your senses call, and our hearts pitch and roll
on the swell of the tide
Track Name: Hunter Moon
Running through the fields I know you run

I know you're running from the pain inside your heart living there
Trees stand tall beside the road

You pass them fast as they grow slow
I know the pain you’re running from I know

The hunter moon is rising on the land
Let the moonlight guide you
Shines a light and shows you where you stand 

Like it did to those before you

Falling skies and shooting stars
Passion joy and broken hearts

I’ve seen the hurt behind the eyes I know

Always strong, hold on to what wasn’t wrong

I know you’ve known it all along, I know you’re strong

Hunters and collectors, they don’t wander darkened skies

Nothing lasts forever, your moon it will arise
It will arise and rise


You inside you shine so bright

I know the darkness that you fight

Trust in me I’m at your side you know

Track Name: Here Now
I am like a child to your lead
The water runs and I am in too deep
The fields are wide and far away the sea
I'm torn like the cotton on your sleeve 


And I know not where you were and where you'll be

I know not where you were and where you'll be 

But we're here now, we're here now 



When October comes you'll set the sails for me 

A blackbird bowing down perilously 

From branch to branch I'll climb till I can see 

When a year has passed, what's fake and what is real



It was summer when I first saw your feet 

And I liked the way they seemed to fit with me 

So I dreamed a path where I thought you would lead 

And that is when the bird begins to sing
Track Name: Bonnie George Campbell
High upon Highlands and low upon Tay

Bonnie George Campbell rode out on a day

Saddled and bridled so gallant rode he

Home came his good horse but never came he

Saddled and bridled and booted rode he

With a plume on his helmet and a sword by his knee

Home came his saddle all bloody to see

Home came his good horse but never came he


Down came his mother with her heart full of woe

Down came his bonnie wife, her hair hanging low

The fields they are green and the corn is unshorn

The barns they are empty and the baby's unborn
Track Name: Tipping it up to Nancy
There lived a woman in our town, a woman you ought know well

She loved her husband dearly but the other one twice as well

With me right finnickinario, tip finnick-a-wall

With me right finnickinario, tipping it up to Nancy



She went into a chemist shop a remedy for to find

“Have you anything in your chemist shop to make my husband blind” 

“Just give him eggs and marrowbones and make him suck them all

Before he has the last one sucked he won't see you at all”

She gave him eggs and marrowbones and made him suck them all

Before he had the last one sucked he didn’t see her at all

“
If in this world I cannot see here I cannot stay

I'll drown myself”, “come on” says she “and I'll show you the way”



She led him to the river she led him to the brim

But sly enough of the old man it was him that shoved her in


“Oh help me dear husband don't leave me behind”

“Oh well” he says “you silly old fool, you know your husband’s blind”
Track Name: The Blackest Crow
As time draws near, my dearest dear, that you and I must part
What little you know of the grace and awe of my poor aching heart
Each night I suffer for your sake, you're the one that I hold dear
I wish that I was going with you or you were staying here

I wish my heart was made of glass wherein you might behold  
There your name I wrote my dear in letters made of gold
Oh there your name I wrote my dear believe me when I say
You are the one I love the best until my dying day

The blackest crow that ever flew would surely turn to white
If ever I prove false to you, the day would turn to night
Bright day would turn to night my love, the elements will mourn
If ever I prove false to you, the seas will rage and burn

And when you're on some distant shore, think of your absent friend
And when the wind blows high and clear a line to me, please send
And when the wind blows high and clear, please send a note to me
That I might know by your handwrite how time has gone with thee
Track Name: Motherland
Where in hell can you go, far from the things that you know
Far from the sprawl of concrete that keeps crawling its way
A thousand miles a day

Take one last look behind, commit this to memory and mind
Don't miss this wasteland, this terrible place
When you leave, keep your heart off your sleeve

Motherland, cradle me, close my eyes, lullaby me to sleep
Keep me safe, lie with me, stay beside me don't go

My five and dime queen, tell me what have you seen
The lust and the avarice, the bottomless, cavernous greed
Is that what you see?

It's your happiness I want most of all
And for that I’ll do anything at all
If you want the best of life and the most from love
If there's anything that I can do at all

Now come on shot gun bride, what makes me envy your life
The faceless, the nameless, the innocent and blameless and free
What's it like to be?
Track Name: Torn Screen Door
Late summer day and my love and I were walking 

Over hills and fields we walked laughing and talking 

Came across an old farmhouse standing broken and bare

It used to be someone's home now no one lives there 



And through the crack in the window pane
I hear the sound of the falling rain

Another farm being left run down, another family moved into town 

Had a life that they tried to save, but the banks took it all away


Hung a sign on a torn screen door, nobody lives here no more

And there's a red barn standing held together with nails and dust

And a tired old Massey Harris all wires and rust 

Weeds overgrown in a garden sown with care

It used to be someone's home now no one lives there 


They worked their fingers to the bone 

Nothing left they can call their own

Packed it in under leaden skies 

With just the wheat waving them goodbye 


Had a life that they tried to save, but the banks took it all away 

Hung a sign on a torn screen door, nobody lives here no more
Track Name: Bowley's Dance
I know it’s late, I know you’re tired, we should be sleeping
For today is yesterday and morning’s near
But you may take me in your arms while Bowley’s singing
About the thought of you, the very thought of you my dear

And we’ll dance, dance, humming to the tune
In the middle of the night with a lamp pole as our moon

I’ve seen them peeking through the windows raising eyebrows
At the sight of lovers dancing in the night
But with a smile I will endure their disapproval
For what to them might seem so wrong to me feels right

The trumpet plays a jazzy solo
And my feet no longer touch the ground
Then you whisper in my ear that you love me
You never knew true love could be found

Small rays of sun start to arrive just as I wonder
If it’s more than just another day that starts
That maybe in the deepest night while quick-quick-slowing
Good old Cupid shot his arrow through my heart
Track Name: Who Knows Where The Time Goes
Across the evening sky all the birds are leaving

How will they know it's time for them to go

Before the winter fire I will still be dreaming

I have no thought of time



For who knows where the time goes

Who knows where the time goes



Sad deserted shore your fickle friends are leaving

How will they know it’s time for them to go

I will still be here I have no thought of leaving

I do not count the time

I am not alone when my love is near me

And it will be so until it's time to go

So count the storms of winter and the birds in spring again

I have no fear of time



For who knows how my love grows

Who knows where the time goes

Track Name: What You Do With What You've Got
You must know someone like him, he was tall and strong and lean

With a body like a greyhound and a mind so sharp and keen

But his heart just like a laurel grew twisted around itself

Till almost everything he did brought pain to someone else



It’s not just what you’re born with, it’s what you choose to be
I
t’s not how big your share is, it’s how much you can share

And it’s not the fights you dream of but those you really fought

It’s not just what you’re given, it’s what you do with what you’ve got



And what’s the use of two strong legs if you only run away

And what use is the finest voice if you’ve nothing good to say
What good is strength and muscle if you only push and shove

And what’s the use of two good ears if you can’t hear those you love



Between those who use their neighbours and those who use the cane

Between those in constant power and those in constant pain

Between those who run to evil and those who cannot run

Tell me which ones are the cripples and which ones touch the sun

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