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Melora's Song

from Thirteen Orphans by Stenobot

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Love came by from the riversmoke
When the leaves were fresh on the tree,
But I cut my heart on the blackjack oak
Before they fell on me.

The leaves are green in the early Spring,
They are brown as linsey now,
I did not ask for a wedding-ring
From the wind in the bending bough.

Lightly, lightly, leaves of the wild,
Fall lightly on my care,
I am not the first to go with child
Because of the blowing air.

Cold and cold and cold again
Cold in the Blackjack's arms
The good girl sleeps with the gospel word
To keep her honor warm

Good girls sleep in their modesty,
Bad girls sleep in their shame,
But I must sleep in the hollow tree
Till my child can have a name.

I'll feed him milk out of my own breast
And call him Whistling Jack,
And his dad'll bring him a partridge nest,
Just as soon as his dad comes back.

He's going to act like a hound let loose
When he comes from the blackjack tree,
And he's going to walk in proud shoes
All over Tennessee.


from Thirteen Orphans, released January 29, 2013
written by Fenno Heath and Stephen Vincent Benet




Stenobot Seattle, Washington

Although Game Boy is at the heart of Stenobot's music, it's a combination of various strange instruments and quiet melodies that make up the whole. As one third of Supercommuter, Stenobot applies his formula to hip hop. As a solo artist, he takes it somewhere undefinable. ... more

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