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For the people who live alone out in the wilderness. They are not always lonely.


(Ray Cooper)

I was born by border where the forest meets the plain
Before me were the roadways to fortune and fame
But behind was the mountain with her valleys black as night
That drew me like an ember away from the light.

And I am bound I am tied
I am chained to the mountainside

I was warned of the autumn and the mist that comes with the dawn
I was warned of the wolves in winter coming closer to the farm
I was warned of the spring ice and the summer adder's bite
But I still chose the darkness and the stars of the night

I am bound I am tied
I am chained

Once I had a lover long long ago
We parted in the valley by the green waterfall
And sometimes I hear her singing on a warm summer's eve
I know to never answer she's calling to me

And I am bound I am tied

And here beside the fountain with it's waters cold and clear
I sit and watch the heavens the turning of the year
And the creatures of the forest draw close to me at night
I see their yellow eyes shining in the dying firelight

And I am bound I am tied
I am chained to the mountainside


from Palace of Tears, released August 29, 2014



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Ray Cooper is a singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist currently residing in the depths of Sweden where he moved in 2000. He left Oysterband in 2013 after a year in which they picked up 3 BBC2 Folk Awards and appeared live on the "Later..with Jools Holland' show. Since then he has carved out a successful solo career. ... more

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