The Grey Selkie

by Nessa

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"The Grey Selkie from Sule Skerie"
Child Ballad #113 from Orkney.
Melody by Maz O'Connor.
Arrangement by Nessa. ©2016 Ancient Song Discoveries (BMI)
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Here I sit and here I sing
And await the night that's closing in
Little know I my bairn's father
The land that he dwells in
He came one night into my bed
Both rough and smooth was he
Saying
Will you take me for a lover
For your husband I ne'er can be
I am a man upon the land
And I am a selkie on the sea
And when I'm far, far from land
My home
It is in Skule Skerry
It shall come to pass on a summer's day
When the sun shines down on ever stone
I'll come to fetch my little son
And teach him to swim all in the foam
And a fine young man you shall marry
A fine young man I'm sure he'll be
And the very first time he goes a-hunting
He'll shoot my little son and me
Here I sit and here I sing
And await the night that's closing in
Little know I my bairn's father
But it's with him my sorrows did begin

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released August 1, 2016
Kelly McDermott - vocal.
Rob Crozier - bass loops.
David Mansfield - guitar.
Tyler Duncan - pipes
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Nessa Ann Arbor, Michigan

Nessa is a Celtic fusion group led by multi-instrumentalist/vocalist, Kelly McDermott, known for her dazzling flute technique and beautiful, soulful voice. She is joined by co-founder/multi-instrumentalist Rob Crozier to research and arrange the music of Nessa. Nessa blends elements of classical, folk, jazz, funk and world music to create rich, complex musical hybrids. ... more

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