Ed: guitar, lead vocal; Dave: guitar, lead vocal;
I'm told that this is a poem by Sir Walter Scott entitled "The Minstrel's Request," revised and set to an old melody. We find that it has the kind of chorus folk audiences learn quickly and sing with great enthusiasm.
Dark the night and long till day; do not bid us further stray. Dark the night and long till day; do not bid us further stray.
Now the sun it doth decline, pour the beer and pour the wine. We can lead your thoughts astray from the world and from the day.
We sing songs of history, love and war and mystery. We can lead you from espair, or can chill the darkening air.
You may choose to pass us by with a cruel or scornful eyc. We will see the ending through, then we'll turn and say to you: