Mitcham Fair Green

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    A Yard of Ale is the second album by Stuart Forester released on Melonstone Records, May 2013. Ten original songs plus an interpretation of the traditional English folk ballad The Factory Girl and a cover of the Mike Waterson ode to the ragged glory and ultimate decline of the UK fishing industry, Cold Coast of Iceland.
    'You feel as though you’ve been listening to these songs and this voice for all your life.' Dai Jeffries, R2 Magazine.
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lyrics

Mitcham Fair Green 4.32 Stuart Forester

Fair Green is just a short walk from where I live and this story came to me following a visit to the modern carnival on Mitcham Common. A story of a one night liaison between a young fairground worker and a woman of unspecified profession!

It was maybe the beer and the whisky or maybe those lights in my eyes
But I swear she looked like an angel ‘neath the moon that shone from on high
Her hair it was lit like a halo so I took me a drink from the hip
I straightened me jacket and collar, I spied me a chance for to take
I could see straight away she was older, my senior ten years maybe more
But her beauty it burned like a beacon so I strode up to her brass and bold
The carousel spun like a whirlwind and my passion was hot as a flame
And I knew she could teach me some lessons that night on Mitcham Fair Green

We walked and we talked for a while ‘til in shadow we found ourselves there
We stood close and faced one another just behind the penny arcade
I told her some things that I wanted, she told me “I know what you need”
She gave me love to be grateful that night on Mitcham Fair Green
And we rolled and we tumbled together, the leaves and the grass in our hair
Joy and rapture was round us and the glow of the lights of the fair
I could hear the sounds of the big wheel and my head it was spinning the same
And I swear I could see heaven or maybe the stars through the trees
And her beauty it shone like a comet, she gave me good loving for free
And I swear I could see heaven that night on Mitcham Fair Green

In the morning I woke by the embers in the haze and the dew of the dawn
Beside me a ring as a token to remember the bird who had flown
I felt like the king of nothing, her never no more would I see
But with fondness I’ll often remember that night on Mitcham Fair Green
And her beauty it shone like a comet, she taught me a lesson or three
And I swear I could see heaven that night on Mitcham Fair Green

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from A Yard of Ale, released May 1, 2013
Written by Stuart Forester
Stuart Forester - Guitar & Vocals

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Stuart Forester London, UK

Stuart Forester is a South London based songwriter in the folk tradition who has quite some stories to tell. And that burning desire to chronicle the passage of life is fully realised on his new album A Yard Of Ale, to to be released 1st May 2013 through Melonstone Records.
'You feel as though you’ve been listening to these songs and this voice for all your life.' Dai Jeffries, R2 Magazine.
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