lifeblood: songs: goodnight tender


goodnight sweet tender
the veil is on the loom
coyotes are yippee yi yaying
they sing a lonesome tune
all my life
i'm rambling
and so you're in my stead
i like awake and wonder
at every bedtime tale
so keep those coals glowing
and keep my true love dreaming
goodnight

met a man wandering
down in harbortown
he begged from me a dollar
he drank the dollar down
he said i am a sailor
swallowed by the war
a soldier drenched and salty
cast back to the shore
and now i'm good for nothing
except to drink and dream

so goodnight sweet tender
the veil is on the loom
coyotes are yippee yi yaying
they sing a lonesome tune
all of my life i'm a rambling
and so you're in my stead
i like awake and wonder
at every bedtime tale
so keep the coals glowing
and keep my true love dreaming
goodnight

i met a maiden widowed
in a coalman's town
she said once i had a true love
but then came the mountain down
and all my relations
swallowed by the mines
we worked for the nickels
when we needed dimes
they fed us for a while
but took us before our time

so goodnight
the veil is on the loom
the coyotes are yippee yi yaying
they sing a lonesome tune
and i'll like awake and wonder
at every bedtime tale
goodnight
goodnight
goodnight

words and music amy ray


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