It was, at this point, that Swarb became a full fledged member of Fairport Convention. He had already guested, as
has been noted, on Unhalfbricking
Sandy Denny, vocals;
Ashley Hutchings, bass;
Dave Mattacks, drums;
Simon Nicol, guitar,
Dave Swarbrick, violin, viola, vocals;
Richard Thompson, guitar, vocals
Recorded at Sound Techniques Studio, October 16 - November 2, 1969
Engineer: John Wood,
Sound Techniques Ltd.
Producer: Joe Boyd, Witchseason Productions Ltd.
with special thanks to the
English Folk Dance & Song Society at
Cecil Sharp House
Crazy Man Michael
Within the fire and out upon the sea,
Crazy Man Michael was walking.
He met with a raven with eyes black
And shortly they were a-talking
“Your future, your future, I would tell to you.
Your future, you often have asked me.
love will die by your own right hand.
And Crazy Man Michael will cursed be.”
Michael he ranted and Michael he raved,
And beat at the four winds with his fists-o.
He laughed and
he cried, he shouted and he swore,
For his mad mind had trapped him with a kiss-o.
“You speak with an evil, you speak with a hate,
You speak for the devil that haunts me
she not the fairest in all the broad land,
Your sorcerer's words are to taunt me.”
He took out his dagger of fire and of steel,
And struck down the raven through the heart-o.
fluttered long and the sky it did spin,
And the cold earth did wonder and start-o.
“Oh, where is the raven that I struck down dead,
That here did lie on the ground-o?
I see but
my true love with a wound so red,
Where her lover's heart it did pound-o.”
Crazy Man Michael, he wanders and walks,
And talks to the night and the day-o.
But his eyes they are
sane and his speech it is clear
And he longs to be far away-o.
Michael he whistles the simplest of tunes,
And asks of the wild wolves their pardon.
For his true love
is flown into every flower grown,
And he must be keeper of the garden.
|Island ILPS 9115 (LP, UK, December 1969)
Come All Ye (5:00)
Matty Groves (8:08)
Farewell, Farewell (2:37)
The Deserter (4:22)
Medley: The Lark in the Morning / Rakish
Paddy /Foxhunter's Jig/
Toss the Feathers (4:07)
Tam Lin (7:11)
Crazy Man Michael (4:37)
All tracks Trad. arr. Fairport
except Track 1 Sandy Denny / Ashley Hutchings
Track 4 Richard Thompson
Track 8 Richard Thompson /