Year Of The Crow

by Gallus Crows

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released February 5, 2019

Ronnie Corse - vocals, guitars, bouzouki, bass, harmonica
Gordon Andrew - vocals, guitars, mandolin, banjo, harmonica
Derek Lauder - vocals, guitars, bass, percussion
Kieron Douglas - vocals, guitars, percussion

with:
Caitlin Andrew - fiddle on “Long Road Down”.
Eddy Hanson - violin on “Ravenglass”
Bruce Hogg - slide guitar on “All The Things You Do”
Gill Hogg - bodhrán on “The Ballad Of Black Rose”
Lou Marshall - whistle on “Stone of Mannan”
Wilson Tasker (aged 10) - voice on “Mars Calling”

Recorded at Sam Studios, Loanhead 2013-2018
Engineered by Derek Lauder
Produced by Derek Lauder and Gallus Crows
Arranged and performed by Gallus Crows
All songs © Gallus Crows, 2019. All rights reserved

Sam Records : SAMMY03

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Track Name: Stone Of Mannan
Stone of Mannan

In the town where I was born there was a very ancient stone
Named for a sea god, so they said
That never made much sense to me, forty miles from the sea
In a land where hills rise tall and rivers wend

And they never told us much about the men who hewed that stone
And dragged it to the Look-About-Ye Brae
Their voices are as still as that cold hard lump of stone
Their long-forgotten songs are at an end….

Did you look out from Dumyat on the night before your ride?
Across the fertile carseland where your people did abide.
Did you sing your songs of heroes and did you dare to hope your names
Would one day be immortal and be sung around the flames?

Did you ride out when the sun came up to show your loyalty?
To crush the heathen Saxon and push him back into the sea
Did you kneel down by your sacred stone to offer up your prayers?
For the old gods can be trusted in these god-forsaken days.

Did you cross the mighty river with the Ochils at your back?
Did you ever stop to think that you were never coming back?

O Manau Gododdin, your power will be broken
And your songs will all be forgotten by your children's children's, children.

Did you ride hard to Dunedin along the Roman way?
Did you swear upon your childrens' lives to never run away?
Did you drink hard of the coloured mead till everything went black?
Your warlord sat and waited… he planned out his great attack.

And after many homesick months did you set out on your quest?
Were your numbers swelled by allies from Gwynedd and the west?
Three hundred was your number as you came upon Catraeth
Swords and chain mail shining as you road towards to your deaths.

O Manau Gododdin, your power will be broken.
And your songs will all be forgotten by your children's children's children.

And some say only one came back and some say all were slain.
Three hundred fallen heroes left to rot upon the plain.
And was the heavy price you paid measured in the end?
By wailing Saxon children and women without their men.

For even though you hit them hard, of this there is no doubt.
Their kin came north for vengeance and they drove your people out.

O Manau Gododdin, your power it was broken.
And your songs are all long forgotten by your children's children's children.

O Manau Gododdin, your country it was taken.
And your language was forsaken by your children's children's children's children's children.
Track Name: Mars Calling
Mars Calling

You put an old cassette in my hand
The writing smudged and faded
Yellowed sellotape covering the holes
Put it on when I got home
Voices from an age ago
I guess that we were only ten years old

Going out on patrol
Hiding from the other boys
Recording every little think we'd find
And I don't recognise
My voice from all those years ago
I guess some things just slip your mind

This is Mars calling
Is that Mercury calling?
Was the hammer falling down upon
The springtime of our lives?
I'm still Mars calling
But the mercury's fallen
Permanently frozen voices in this big expanse of time

I did a hundred and eighty degree skid on my bike
Had a fight with Noggin
And told him that his Grifter, it was shite
And we bravely repelled an army of gonks or three
Saved the world from androids
And then went home for tea

And it's true that we did some crazy things
Falling out and falling in
And falling out again
And even though those times are at an end
I'm still Mars and I'm still glad
That you were my friend

This is Mars calling
Is that Mercury calling?
Was the hammer falling down upon
The springtime of our lives?
I'm still Mars calling
But the mercury's fallen
Permanently frozen voices in this big expanse of time

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