Turtle Dove (Live in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge)

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Turtle Doves have been symbols of faithfulness for thousands of years. Like pilgrims, they often leave their lovers behind – but while they have life, they always return.

This is one of the most popular British folk songs. We recorded it under the marbled ears of intellectual giants - Newton, Tennyson, Bacon etc. – in the sumptuous acoustic of Trinity College Antechapel, Cambridge, a vast room of pure marble. Recording this song here was a homecoming for Guy, because he first got to know ‘The Turtle Dove’ by singing the solo in Vaughan Williams’ choral arrangement of the melody as a choral scholar of Trinity College Chapel Choir.

For Will, singing here was a pilgrimatic irony, as Trinity College was built by Henry VIII out of money he took from the monasteries at Reformation, when British pilgrimage was banned. Nevertheless, releasing a song into such a space soon undoes any such thoughtful wrangling. It is unquestionably a holy place.

Fare you well, my dear, I must be gone,
And leave you for a while;
If I roam away I'll come back again,
Though I roam ten thousand miles, my dear,
Though I roam ten thousand miles.

So fair thou art, my bonny lass,
So deep in love am I;
And I never will prove false to the bonny lass I love,
Till the stars fall from the sky, my dear,
Till the stars fall from the sky.

The sea will never run dry, my dear,
Nor the rocks melt with the sun,
And I never will prove false to the bonny lass I love,
Till all these things be done, my dear,
Till all these things be done.

O yonder doth sit that little turtle dove,
He doth sit on yonder high tree,
A-making a moan for the loss of his love,
As I will do for thee, my dear,
As I will do for thee.


from To Be A Pilgrim (Songs From The Way To Walsingham), released May 5, 2015
Trad. Arr. Hayward and Parsons



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