Valhalla

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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

Valhalla 4.27 Stuart Forester

These are the final moments and thoughts of a young soldier in the first world war trying to make sense of the nightmare around him and find some kind of comfort in a hopeless situation.

Fiddle played by Phil Martin.
Sombre run the hellish trenches, boys and men in regiments
Long for sweethearts, cry for mothers, oh farewell my band of brothers
Death beneath a mustard sky, mother earth is scarred and why?
The angels sing sweet and low, lift me up take me home

I will see you over the border
Bound for glory in Valhalla

No more chaos no more pain, not forgotten not in vain?
But father I don’t want to die, scared and much too young am I

But I will see you over the border
Bound for glory in Valhalla

A hero to my kin I dreamed, I never thought it would be like this
Mud and blood and hate and fear, all I see is madness here
And fire in the hearts of men, crimson fields where once was green
The bullets cut down foes and friends left stranded on barbed wire fences

So I will see you over the border
Bound for glory in Valhalla
I can see you over the border
Bound for glory

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

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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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