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Salley Gardens

from Fasgadh's Fairies by Mareike Beyer

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'Down by the Salley Gardens' is a poem by W.B. Yeats. It may have been inspired by an older Folk song.
The name 'Salley' possibly relates to an old English word meaning 'willow'. The willow tree was often used as an symbol for unrequited love.


My version is instrumental, but here are the words to this beautiful song:

Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet;
She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish, with her did not agree.

In a field by the river my love and I did stand,
And on my leaning shoulder she placed her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.


from Fasgadh's Fairies, released November 11, 2008


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Mareike Beyer UK

My music is an expression of the profound joy I feel when I play a piece, be it sad or exuberant.
The harp is such a beautiful yet powerful instrument. I like to show its magic and its versatility.
My tunes & songs are often traditional pieces or (contemporary) covers, as I simply love sharing and passing on music that touches me deeply.
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