Monday, February 1, 2010

Take This Tune - The Love Lost & Found Version

 
Take This Tune has been dabbling in love songs this month with this week's bend being towards love lost and then found again.  Truth be told, I haven't had much experience in this particular area of life as it seems like I've always managed to lose love rather than find it and have waited in vain for way too long for it come back asking for forgiveness and another chance.  That doesn't mean that I don't believe it can't happen as I'm sure it can but that particular fairy tale just seems to be more elusive than the others - least ways for me!
Anyhow, enough about my own misadventures in love - as someone once said "it's better to have loved and lost than to have hated and won" and even though my heart bears the scars, I'd rather have them then to have never known love at all.  To borrow another line of lyrics, "If I'd never loved, I never would have cried".  Of course, I'm not so sure that I'm either a rock or an island but I have survived!  
One of the things that impresses me the most about true love is that it can be enough for one person for a lifetime even if that love sometimes fatefully goes away forever.  Maybe it's not found again, per say, but it will always be found in the heart of those who carried it with them to wherever their life's journeys may have taken them.  I'd like to believe that love - once found - is never truly lost.  
As I was visiting Fairweather's Red Mud Inn today, I was reminded of how much the genre of bluegrass music deals with the topic of lost love and yet it always does it with a jaunty little tune behind it.  Fairweather's mention of Tim O'Brien and The Demon Lover reminded me of a song that I always enjoyed by a bluegrass group named "Hot Rize" - a favorite of my cousin Amy and one of the very few bluegrass groups that I ever listened to and could really say that I liked!  Matter of fact, I've actually seen them in concert a time or two and even though that "high, lonesome sound" that is prevalent in almost all bluegrass music takes some getting used to, it always tells a story that's more real life than fairy tale.  A song that tells the story of love lost and more or less found again is Colleen Malone - granted, it wasn't found again in that happy, fairy tale ending sort of way but it was found again - on the side of a hill.

It's been ten years and three since I first went to sea
Since I sailed from old Ireland and home
But those hills lush and green were a part of my dreams
When I dreamed of my Colleen Malone

On the day I returned to my sorrow I learned
That the angels had called her away
To a grave on a hill overlooking the mill
That's the place where she's sleeping today

As the soft breezes blow through the meadow I go
Past the mill with the moss covered stone
Up the pathway I climb through the woods and the vines
To be with my Colleen Malone

She was faithful each day as I sailed far away
There was no one but me that she loved
I remember those eyes soft and blue as the skies
And her heart was as pure as a dove

All the years of my life I will not take a wife
I will live in this valley above
Planting flowers around in this soft gentle ground
That is holding my Colleen Malone

As the soft breezes blow through the meadow I go
Past the mill with the moss covered stone
Up the pathway I climb through the woods and the vines
To be with my Colleen Malone
The singer did find his love again and he kept her in his heart for the rest of his life - just not in his arms. Sad song but happy little tune, eh? That's bluegrass for you! And sometimes that's love for you, too.

10 comments:

  1. what a sad sad song! but beautiful love song...

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxoox

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  2. Wise words about love. :)

    I loved Hot Rise! And Red Knuckles and the Trail Blazers, too. ;) We saw them perform often here in Colorado.

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  3. Yes, it's sad, but I love the beat.

    Have a terrific day Linda. Big hug. :)

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  4. I love bluegrass music and had never heard this song before so what a treat for me:-) Yes, very sad and yet beautiful, as you say. I once had a love years ago that I lost contact with and just when I finally decided to get in touch with him again, it was to find out he had died of a heart attack months earlier. Broke my heart and although I didn't want to find him to resume the love, I just wanted to find him for friendship...obviously I was a little too late. Life so often imitates a song, doesn't it!! xoxo

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  5. A fine song there, Linda.

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  6. You had a wonderful run with this song and I love the music. You will be pleased to know that Valentine's Day is almost here and that will do it for love and kisses because we will be hitting the road looking for adventure.

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  7. I don't usually care for Bluegrass music, but I quite liked this tune.

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  8. I like that he kept her in his heart for the rest of his life.

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  9. I posted for this one, Linda. I just never got around to Duward Discussion to read Jamie's post and visit everyone else... Great post! :)

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