The Black​-​Eyed Girl

from by Ben-David Warner

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    5 years in the making, from Ireland to Appalachia and back, my debut album: Red Rockin' Chair! The album includes my arrangements of a few Irish songs, an awesome, ripping' old-time song called Red Rockin' Chair (from which the album gets its name), covers of Scythian's "Song of Sacrifice" and Tommy Sand's "There Were Roses," and a few of my original tunes and songs written with an Irish and/or Appalachian feel.

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I wrote this song when I was about 16. I wanted to write something in the style of an old ballad/sea shanty and this is what came out! Thanks to Eric who helped write the vocal harmony on this one during a previous, failed attempt at recording this solo album:)…


There once was a girl that I loved so well / She lived with her parents and sisters three. / My intentions were pure, my advances were tame, / But the heart of this young maid I struggled to gain.

And those black eyes have gone from me, oh the girl I loved so well!

I courted her long and I gazed in her eyes / But they always seemed to look down to the side. / Our love, she explained, it could never be, / For she'd given her hand to a sailor at sea.

The news came one morning her sailor at sea / Had married a lass in the Caribee. / Her heart it was broken and she flew away / And she swore she'd not stop while there's light in the day.

Her mother and sisters were all kind to me / But nothing could tear me from my grief. / Seeing them there did only awake / More feelings of loss that she'd left in her wake.

Next morning early I'll set out to start / To find this girl and to win her heart. / Though mountains are tall and the oceans have tides, / The tides may be strong and the rivers be wide...

But I'll find her, where she has gone. She's the girl I love...
And those black eyes have gone from me, She's the girl I love so well!
She's the girl I love so well.


from Red Rockin' Chair, released July 25, 2015
Written by Ben-David Warner



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Ben-David Warner Charlottesville, Virginia

Ben-David Warner is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter with roots in Celtic, Classical, and Folk music. He was a member of the band Scythian for 4 years. He plays a mix of Irish, Old-Time, and Original music.

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