by Karl Dallas

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released August 25, 2012

Cover picture, Karl Dallas sings The Arbroath Tragedy on ATV television, 1953.



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Track Name: The Arbroath Tragedy
O listen while I tell you of the Arbroath tragedy
Of how six gallant lifeboatmen were thrown into the sea
On October twenty-seven in the year of fifty-three
And only one brave man was saved in that calamity.

The night was dark and stormy and the lifeboat standing by
When all at once a rocket jumped into the angry sky
The Robert Lindsay ventured out to see the reason why
But nothing could they find that night no matter how they try.

Four hours they searched that Tuesday morn until the break of day
But not a bit of wreckage could they find in Arbroath bay
It’s home and mugs of cocoa for us sailors while we may
Or else we’ll never see the shore, they heard the cox’un say.

As they came back across the bar, it was an awful sight,
The lifeboat overturned them in the sea as black as night
They couldn’t reach the shore alive though struggle as they might
And only Archie Smith was saved upon that dreadful night.

Two brothers sank beneath the waves, a father and a son.
The bowman, Thomas Adams, went the wway that they had gone.
And when the boat was washed ashore beneath the morning sun,
The cox’n, David Bruce, was lashed the steering wheel upon.

So, let’s remember all the men who go down to the sea,
And all their wives and sweethearts dear, wherever they may be,
And workingmen who give their lives in dire necessity,
The fishermen who died that night, in nineteen fifty-three.
Track Name: The Ballad of Mary Magdalene
My name is Mary
And I come from Magdala
And many a young man
Has shared my bed.
The life I led
It drove me crazy
I had seven devils
In my head.
The priests and elders
They came and took me
And they condemned me
To my death.
So pay attention
And I'll tell my story
If the good Lord spares me
And gives me breath.

We met a good man
Down by the roadside
They meant to trap him
And catch him out.
They said this woman
Was caught in sin and
The law is certain.
There is no doubt.
We mean to stone her,
To execute her.
If you're a good man
Then you'll agree.
So must she die
As the law provides
Or would you rather
We set her free?

He sat in silence
And then he answered:
It seemed to me that
My death was sure:
The penalty
Permits no mercy,
So throw your stones
If your life is pure.
If you can say that
Before Jehovah,
That you have never
Committed sin,
Then you are worthy
To stand in judgement
On this young woman,
So now begin.

They stood uncertain,
Looked at each other,
And silently they
Stole away.
He said: Is no one
Left to condemn you?
Then neither do I,
But this I say:
Your life needs changing,
And rearranging.
You have been given
The right to live.
For God has saved you
From condemnation,
And my salvation
Is what I give.

Now he was followed
By 12 disciples
And Judas was
The name of one.
He was a hard man
And bitter with it,
A trusted servant
When said and done.
He kept the money
And oversaw it,
So we could eat
And pay the bills.
Important work as
We roamed the country
To seek and cure
The people's ills.

I had a jar that
Was made of marble
And precious perfume
Filled the jar.
I raised it up and
I poured the perfume
All upon this
Good man's hair.
But Judas scolded,
He was so angry.
He said we could have
Sold the jar.
To feed the poor
Who were so hungry:
A silly woman,
That's what you are!

But Jesus smiled
And he said this woman
Has done a very
Lovely thing.
The poor are with you
And always will be
Until my kingdom
Returns again.
But I am with you
For a brief moment
And must return
To my Father's side.
So thank you, Mary,
You shall be blessèd
And see me first
When I'm glorified.

Now Judas turned
And he proved a traitor
And he sold my Master
For thirty coins.
They nailed him up
On a cross so cruel
And there he died
Between two thieves.
When he was buried
The tomb was opened,
The corpse had vanished
Into the night.
I came to seek him
But none could find him
Till the whole garden
Was filled with light.

I saw a young man
Sat by the entrance
His face was radiant
Like the sun.
I said young man
Have you stole the body?
Come tell me plainly
What you have done.
He answered: Mary,
And my heart leapt,
For I could hear
My Master's voice.
I ran to where
The 12 were hiding
And cried: He lives,
So let's rejoice.

They were amazed,
Could not believe
That God could open
The gates of death.
They called me foolish
Continued weeping
And yet I knew that
I told the truth.
He came and met them,
Ate breakfast with them
And all were changed by
Refining fire.
From that day forth
The good news grows
And flames of freedom
Are rising higher.

Words and Music © Copyright 1997 Karl Dallas/EMI Music

They say a woman
Led men astray
When Adam took the
Fruit from Eve.
But each of us
Must take the blame
For what we do:
This I believe.
Remember this:
It was a woman
Who blessed the Lord
And saw him die.
And when he rose
She was the first
To see his glory
Fill the sky.
Track Name: The Lady from the West
There came a lady out of the west but her folk were from the east.
She rode into a barren land like a guest come to a feast.
The people said: You're welcome, but it's not the festive time.
Our king lies sick and unto death and the funeral bell does chime.
So silence the music of your mouth and break the fiddlers' bow.
Crowbirds fly in the leaden sky and the fields are white with snow.

This lady said: In the darkest night the dawn is not far off
And though your king be sick to death yet can he be cured by love.
She stripped the clothes from off his back till he lay like a naked boy
And she lay down beside him and she filled his heart with joy.
And warm was the music of her mouth and the sky wore a ribboned bow.
The mourning birds sang dawning words and the corn grew under the snow.

Now the queen she swore a mighty oath and she swore it like a man:
No other shall lie in my lord's bed and I'll kill you if I can.
But the lady said: Be not afraid, your lord is still your lord,
And see the snows are melting and the barns with grain are stored.
So we can sing a reaping song and the fiddler rosin the bow.
And song birds fly in the cloudless sky and the girls to the harvest go.

When the king awoke he said to his folk: Who was it lay with me?
For she has set my heart aflame and I'm no longer free.
The lady said: You have your queen and duties to your land
While I must travel down the road that lies at my right hand.
So forget the music of my mouth and the tune of the fiddlers' bow.
For the sun is high into the sky and onward I must go.

The king he swore a mighty oath, said: That shall never be
For I shall leave my native land and go along with thee.
But if you will not have me it were better I should die.
Sweet chains have bound and made us one, and none shall say me nay .
For I live by the music of your mouth and we'll dance to the fiddlers' bow.
And free as the birds up in the sky you and I shall onward go.

Now the queen she was a wise woman and none so wise as she:
Come into my arms my own true lord and listen unto me.
This lady gave you healing love and the healing work is done.
Now you and I shall live till we die in the blessings of the sun.
We'll make new music with our mouth and dance to the fiddlers' bow.
As birds fly high up in the sky and streams with waters flow..

True love is a gift comes from above and it moves like the winds of spring.
It obeys the command of no man's hand nor the cold winds wintering.
Like dragonflies in the summer skies it glows and then it's gone
But the memory sweet is still complete and never can be gone.
It lives in the music of your mouth and the tune of the fiddlers' bow.
And the skylark's rise into the sky and the cornfields here below.

No tongue can say how she felt that day as she rode away from the town.
Did she go to join her own true love or roam the whole world round?
Or was a part of that lady's heart for ever in that land
As the sunshine bright put paid to night and the hills were a golden band?
You may sing with the music of your mouth and dance to the fiddler's bow
You can see the smile on the face of love but not what lies below.
Track Name: Amazing Peace
Tune: Amazing Grace (John Newton)
Amazing peace
How sweet the sound
Of peace throughout the world
Let war be lost and peace be found
Let all our hearts be one.
When words of war are all we hear
Let quiet words of peace
Prevail at last and far and near
And soldiers find release

When all the world
Shall be as one
And fill our hearts with love
The bloody eagle be transformed
Into a turtle dove.
So let's unite
And be resolved
That peace shall be our aim
And every problem shall be solved
And peace forever reign