To the River Down

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I am bound to wander over moor and heath
My spirit touches the shadows
I am tied to this Earth but I'm not a part of it
My body lies in the frozen ground
My body lies... deep, deep down

Nearby is the town where I grew up as a maid
I loved a man, who I married
But my neighbour was jealous and me she did betray
She spread a wicked falsehood through the town             
Through the town... crying

Hunt that woman, hunt the witch, hunt that she-devil down
The mark of Satan's on her breast, hunt that woman down

"Let the water decide upon her innocence"
So down to the river I was taken
Of a guilty verdict, they were all convinced
Into the ducking stool, feet and hands were bound
Hands were bound, they cried

Drown that woman, drown the witch, hold that woman down
If she sinks, she's innocent, so hold that woman down 

Saw my husband's stricken face as I took my final breath
Felt a dark sadness close upon me
Felt the river's cold embrace as I met my watery death
And the crowd stood and watched, making not a sound
Making not a sound, then crying

Lay that woman in no ditch, but in the churchyard ground
She's innocent - god rest her soul, so lay her body down
Down, down down, deep, deep down

Ah, my little daughter... how do I grieve for thee
Leave that town of death far behind you
Ah, my little daughter who I nevermore shall see
Think on the mother who did love you
And go you no more to the river down

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Written by: Bonnie Mackinnon

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