Dark Turn of Mind

by Iona Fyfe

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1.
Take me and love me if you want me Don’t ever treat me unkind Cause I’ve had that trouble already And it left me with a dark turn of mind Now I see the bones in the river And I feel the wind through the pine And I hear the shadows a-calling To a girl with a dark turn of mind Oh ain't the night time, so lovely to see Don’t all the night birds sing sweetly, You’ll never know how happy I’ll be When the sun’s going down And leave me, if I’m feeling too lonely Full as the fruit on the vine You know some girls are bright as the morning And some have a dark turn of mind You know some girls are bright as the morning And some have a dark turn of mind
2.
It's all out on the old railroad, All out on the sea, All out on the old railroad, As far as I can see. Swing and turn, Jubilee Live and learn, Jubilee The hardest work I ever done, Workin' on a farm, Easiest work I ever done, Swingin' my true love's arm Swing and turn, Jubilee Live and learn, Jubilee If I had a needle and thread, As fine as I could sew, I'd sew my true love to my side And down the creek I'd go. Swing and turn, Jubilee Live and learn, Jubilee Coffee grows on a white oak tree, And sugar runs in Brandy, Girls are sweet as a lump of gold, Boys as sweet as candy Swing and turn, Jubilee Live and learn, Jubilee Swing and turn, Jubilee Live and learn, Jubilee Some will come on Saturday night And some will come on Sunday If you give ‘em half a chance, They’ll be back on Monday Swing and turn, Jubilee Live and learn, Jubilee If I had no horse to ride, I’d be found a-calling Up and down this rocky road, Lookin’ for my darlin Swing and turn, Jubilee Live and learn, Jubilee It's all out on the old railroad, All out on the sea, All out on the old railroad, As far as I can see. Swing and turn, Jubilee Live and learn, Jubilee Swing and turn, Jubilee Live and learn, Jubilee Swing and turn, Jubilee Live and learn, Jubilee Swing and turn Live and learn
3.
This house, she’s holding secrets I got my change behind the bed In a coffee can, I throw my nickels in Just in case I have to leave And I will go if you ask me to I will stay if you dare And if I go I'm goin shameless I'll let my hunger take me there This house, she's quite the talker She creeks and moans, she keeps me up And the photographs, know I'm a liar They just laugh as I burn her down And I will go if you ask me to I will stay if you dare If I go I'm goin on fire I'll let my anger take me there Shingles man they're shaking Back door's burning through This house she's quite the keeper Quite the keeper of you And I will go if you ask me to I will stay if you dare And if I go, I'm goin crazy I'll let my darlin take me there And if I go, I'm goin crazy I'll let my darlin take me there
4.
There was a gallant ship, and a gallant ship was she And the name of the ship was the Golden Vanity Sailin’ on the low, the lowlands low She sailed upon the lowlands low She hadn’t sailed a league, a league but only three, When she was overtaken by a Spanish gallee Sailin’ on the low, the lowlands low She sailed upon the lowlands low Up spoke the captain, and up spoke he Oh who’ll sink for me that Spanish gallee Sailin’ on the low, the lowlands low She sailed upon the lowlands low Up and spoke, a little cabin boy Sayin’ what will you give me, if I will them destroy I’ll sink her in the low, the lowlands low I’ll sink her in the lowlands low I will give you gold, and I’ll give you a fee I will give to you my daughter aye and married you shall be Sailin’ on the low, the lowlands low She sailed upon the lowlands low He bent to his breast and away swum he, He swum and sunk the ship of the Spanish gallee Some were playing cards and some were playing dice And the boy he had an auger and he bore three holes at twice Sailin’ on the low, the lowlands low She sailed upon the lowlands low He bent to his breast, and back swum he Right back to the ship of the Golden Vanity Now throw me up a rope, and take me on my board For I have been aye true, aye an true unto my word I sunk her in the low, the lowlands low I sunk her in the lowlands low I’ll not take you up, the captain he replied, But I’ll shoot you, and I’ll drown you and I’ll send you with the tide Sailin’ on the low, the lowlands low She sailed upon the lowlands low He turned upon his back, and down went he, Down, down, down to the bottom of the sea Sailin’ on the low, the lowlands low She sailed upon the lowlands low Sailin’ on the low, the lowlands low She sailed upon the lowlands low
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Let Him Sink 05:35
My love’s on the ocean He can sink or he can swim He don’t care for me An’ I’m sure I don’t for him There’s plenty more without him As nice young men as he An’ I can find another Since he’s gone back on me If he’s gone, let him go Let him sink or let him swim If he don’t care for me Then I don’t care for him And away with cold winter Adieu to cold frost I’ll laugh and be happy As the dear lad I lost I’ll sing and be merry As the whistling bird in June For I can catch another Before tomorrow noon If he’s gone, let him go Let him sink or let him swim If he don’t care for me Then I don’t care for him The last time I saw him T'was in the shady grove He tipped his hat so gently An' offered me a rose He thought that I'd accept it But he could plainly see I had grown cold Since he went back on me If he’s gone, let him go Let him sink or let him swim If he don’t care for me Then I don’t care for him But men they are deceiving They think they know it all They think we girls are stuck on them Think we look at them at all But they are quite mistaken As you can plainly see They don’t know the meaning Of the world left If he’s gone, let him go Let him sink or let him swim If he don’t care for me Then I don’t care for him His love was like a dew drop, That falls upon the ground It came on Sunday evening And left on Monday morn His love was in his pocket His love was in his heart To me he gave a little To the other girls part If he’s gone, let him go Let him sink or let him swim If he don’t care for me Then I don’t care for him If he’s gone, let him go Let him sink or let him swim If he don’t care for me Then I don’t care for him
6.
One day one day one holyday, The first one of the year Little Matty Groves has went to church The Holy Word to hear, to hear The Holy Word to hear, to hear Lord Darnell’s wife was standing by, She cast her eye on him Go home with me, little Matty Groves A wedded wife to be, to be A wedded wife to be I can’t come home, and I won’t come home I cannot spare my life But by the rings upon your hands You are Lord Darnell’s wife, his wife You are Lord Darnell’s wife It’s if I am Lord Darnell’s wife, Lord Darnell’s gone today He’s across the waterside He’s gone over there to stay, to stay He’s gone over there to stay But the little foot-page was standing by And hearing what was said He swore Lord Darnell he would know Before the sun was set, was set Before the sun was set He ran till he came to the riverside He bent his breast and swam He swam till he came to the other side And he picked up his heels and ran and ran Picked up his heels and ran When he came to Lord Darnell’s haa He tinkled at the pin Lord Darnell he was ready there For to rise and let him in, him in To rise and let him in Oh is my bower a falling down, Or does my castle burn Or is my lady lighter yet Of a daughter or a son, a son A daughter or a son Oh no your bower’s not fallin’ down Or does your castle burn But little Matty Groves he sleeps tonight Keeping your lady warm, her warm Keeping your lady warm Then Lord Darnell took his men And lined them in a row The orders that he gave to them That ne’er a horn should blow, should blow That ne’er a horn should blow Matty Groves he was laid down He took a little sleep And when he woke Lord Darnell, He was standing at his feet, his feet He was standing at his feet Rise up rise up, Little Matty Groves Rise up as quick as you can It shalln’t be said in old Scotland I slew a naked man, a man I slew a naked man Oh, I can’t get up, and I won’t get up I cannot spare my life For you have two swords by your side And I have ne’er a knife, a knife And I have ne’er a knife It’s I’ve got two swords by my side They cost me from my purse And you can have the very best And I shall have the worst, the worst And I shall have the worst Matty struck the very first blow He wounded Darnell sore Lord Darnell struck the very next blow Little Matty struck no more, no more Little Matty struck no more Then Lord Darnell took his wife He sat her on his knee Sayin’ who do you like best of all Little Matty Groves or me, or me? Little Matty Groves or me? Very well I like your rosy cheeks, Very well I like your skin But better I like little Matty Groves Than you and all your kin, your kin Than you and all your kin

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Dark Turn of Mind is the new release from MG ALBA Scots Singer of the Year, Iona Fyfe. The 6-track EP, features ballads which were collected in both Aberdeenshire and the Appalachian Mountains and draws on the repertoire of singers such as Jean Ritchie and Jeannie Robertson. Dark Turn of Mind features material written by Gregory Alan Isakov and title-track writer, Gillian Welch.

The EP follows on from Iona’s debut album, Away From My Window, which was held to critical acclaim and received nationwide airplay on programmes such as BBC Radio 2 The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 6 Gideon Coe, BBC Radio Scotland’s Travelling Folk, Take The Floor and BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal. Released in January 2019, Dark Turn of Mind was produced by Graham Rorie at Rumley Sounds and features a stellar folk line-up of musicians such as Aidan Moodie (Siobhan Miller, Gnoss), Rory Matheson (TRIP) and Graham Rorie (Gnoss).


Aberdeenshire folksinger Iona Fyfe has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. At twenty-years-old, Iona has established a strong voicing of place in her repertoire and was crowned Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards in 2018. A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Iona performed at the prestigious Interceltique Festival De Lorient in Brittany, France. The winner of the Molloy Award at The Trip to Birmingham Irish Trad Fest 2017, Iona had a busy touring schedule in 2018 in the UK, Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Switzerland,and Canada including festivals such as Ely Folk Festival, Folk am Neckar, Fife Sing.

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released January 1, 2019

Iona Fyfe: Vocals
Aidan Moodie: Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Graham Rorie: Mandolin
Rory Matheson: Piano

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Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young folk singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland.The youngest ever winner of Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2018, Iona has been described as “one of the best Scotland has to offer.” (Global-Music.de)

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