The Sea and the Sky

by Jonathan Byrd

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released January 1, 2004

Robbie Link on bass and cello
Rob McMaken on mandolin and Cümbüs
Andrew Reissiger on charango, flamenco guitar, and electric guitar
Jason Cade on fiddle
Rex McGhee on fiddle
Chris Frank on accordion
recorded and mixed at The Rubber Room by Jerry Brown
mastered at Airshow by Charlie Pilzer

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Jonathan Byrd Chapel Hill, North Carolina

“One of the top 50 songwriters of the last 50 years. ” — Chicago Tribune

“...a folk singer with the heart of a rock 'n' roll band.” — K. Oliver, Free Times.

Preacher's kid, Gulf war Navy veteran, seventh-generation North Carolinian, guitar flatpicker, award-winning iconoclastic and spiritual songwriter. An American treasure.
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Track Name: True Companion
Take the burdens of my day; all my worries roll away
Every day you are my true companion, like the sun

Like the dew on a rose, you make beauty shine

Take the burdens of my day; all my worries roll away
Every day you are my true companion, like the sun

Like a song in the night, you bring love to life

Take the burdens of my day; all my worries roll away
Every day you are my true companion, like the sun

Like a bird on the sea, you give hope to me

Take the burdens of my day; all my worries roll away
Every day you are my true companion, like the sun
Track Name: The Young Slaver
Oh my dear, you prepare, are you going anywhere?
Oh my dear, back from town, are you to a vessel bound,
Off to war on an angry sea?

Fairest one, I love you, this is something I must do
Fairest one, if I stay, then your honor I’d betray
So I seek lesser company

Oh my dear, please don’t leave, there are tears upon my sleeve
Oh my dear, if you go, down the archipelago
You will never return to me

Fairest one, let me go, for you know I love you so
Fairest one, I’ll return and your marriage I will earn
With promotion and bravery

Oh my dear, you are gone, I will mourn you ere the dawn
All the young and the brave are the first to find their grave
In Her Majesty’s company

Fairest one never knew what I’m really set to do
Fairest one I never told, trading slaves for rum and gold
To win her from her family

Oh my dear, I have dreams, in the night I hear the screams
Oh my dear, in those lands, you have blood upon your hands
And your soul is in jeopardy

Fairest one of my land, I do not deserve your hand
Fairest one, like a fool, I have been the devil’s tool
And my soul is in jeopardy

Oh my dear, I have learned, all the ships of war returned
Oh my dear, as you know, they did not return with you
So I made you a grave by the sea

Fairest one, I have sins rum or gold could never cleanse
Fairest one, in the deep, I will lay my soul to sleep
And make me a grave of the sea
Track Name: I've Been Stolen
I’ve been stolen, I’ve been stolen
The devils have taken my hand
I’ve been stolen, I’ve been stolen
And flown to a faraway land
I’ve been stolen, I’ve been stolen
Why was my life meant to be
Stolen by the devil, oh, the devil’s stolen me

I’ve been stolen, I’ve been stolen
Taken and shackled in chains
I’ve been stolen, I’ve been stolen
‘til only my shadow remains
I’ve been stolen, I’ve been stolen
My master alone has the key
Stolen by the devil, oh, the devil’s stolen me

I’ve been stolen, I’ve been stolen
No more the garden to roam
I’ve been stolen, I’ve been stolen
And I’m so far away from my home
I’ve been stolen, I’ve been stolen
Lord, will I ever be free
Stolen by the devil, oh, the devil’s stolen me
Track Name: I'm So Lost
Like a stranger in a faraway place, I’m afraid to admit that I’m lost
I see danger in every face, down every road that I cross
I’m so lost

I’m so lost in the damage that I did long before I knew the cost
I’ve turned around and burned all the bridges that I’ve crossed
I’m so lost

Did I hurt you with my carelessness, stumbling around in the night?
Like a fool in the wilderness, not willing to wait for the light
I’m so lost

I’m so lost in the damage that I did long before I knew the cost
I’ve turned around and burned all the bridges that I’ve crossed
I’m so lost

Is there hope for me on a starless night at sea
Alone on the tempest tossed- I’m so lost

Now I know that I’ve been wrong and I’m not as strong as I thought
And I hope that you hear my prayer, release this snare where I’m caught
I’m so lost

I’m so lost in the damage that I did long before I knew the cost
I’ve turned around and burned all the bridges that I’ve crossed
I’m so lost
Track Name: Verdigris
Verdigris is the color I see
Roll the ages over me
Help me to go gracefully
Cover me with verdigris

When I leave, I’ll leave like I season
Like a slow, sweet change in the breeze
Time never needed a reason
To turn a few degrees

Verdigris is the color I see
Roll the ages over me
Help me to go gracefully
Cover me with verdigris

When I go, I’ll go like a shadow
Like a slow, slight change in the light
Before you can say, “Where did the day go?”
Look, here comes the night

Verdigris is the color I see
Roll the ages over me
Help me to go gracefully
Cover me with verdigris
Track Name: Little Bird
Out alone on the ocean, out alone on the sea
I had no destination, I had no destiny

You are my little bird; I hang on every word you sing
Lift your voice to heaven; take me to your king

Early in the morning, early in the day
I had lost my bearing, I had lost my way

You are my little bird; I hang on every word you sing
Lift your voice to heaven; take me to your king

How will I ever thank you? How will I ever pay?
I will love you tomorrow as I love you today

You are my little bird; I hang on every word you sing
Lift your voice to heaven; take me to your king
Track Name: The River Girl
The moss is green, oh, and wet on the elder tree
The river’s angry and so is the sea
I walk the bridge, I walk the bridge again
To see the river girl weave and spin

If she lay sick I would tend to her
She would be like a child to me
I walk the bridge, I walk the bridge again
To see the river girl weave and spin

Her curtains, they are of the finest lace
And in night, they shield her face from me
I walk the bridge, I walk the bridge again
To see the river girl weave and spin
Track Name: The Sea and the Sky
The Sea is a lady in love with the Sky
She scallops and spins with his winds rushing by
But the day it is calm and the day it is still
And she dares not to dance of her own free will

No current to flow; no fair winds to blow
They’re dead in the doldrums with nowhere to go
All the young sailing men are counting the herd
As the sun sets again on a sea undisturbed

Did she dream in the night of a blood red hue?
Her sun in the morning; her sweet lover’s cue
And on the horizon, a cloud without end
That she gave to the sun and sent on the wind

Though he is only a day from return
She longs for his touch, his lightning to burn
She swears at his name and his tardiness, too
And her tears fall up, up into the blue

The sky is wide and the sky is deep
His passion is patient, but seldom asleep
Oh, his smell is so sweet and his eyes are so bright
And he changes the world when he changes the light

Up in the crow’s nest, high on the mast
A sailor cries out, “oh, at last, at last!”
The harlequins of hope dance light on the tide
As the sky, like a sailor, longs for his bride
Track Name: For You
Barcelona is a shining jewel along the coast of Spain
If I ever had the chance, I’d sail to her again
If I was to go again, I tell you what I’d do
I’d bring back a tapestry for you

Marseilles is a shining jewel along the coast of France
I’d sail to her again, if I had the chance
If I was to go again, I tell you what I’d do
I’d bring back a bottle o’ wine for you

For you, for you, all for you
Sunshine and seas of lapis blue
I’d bring back the sea foam from the shores of Magalluf
For you, for you, all for you

Naples is a faded jewel on the coast of Italy
All the merchants hustle for a sailor’s hard-earned fee
If I was to go again, I tell you what I’d do
I’d bring back some leather shoes for you

Galway is a shining jewel along the Irish coast
Of all the places that I’ve been, I think I love it most
If I was to go again, I tell you what I’d do
I’d bring back a bolt of lace for you

For you, for you, all for you
Sunshine and seas of lapis blue
I’d bring back the sea foam from the shores of Magalluf
For you, for you, all for you