"The Scarlet Tide" as written by Elvis Costello and J. Henry Burnett....
Well I recall his parting words
Must I accept his fate
Or take myself far from this place
I thought I heard a black bell toll
A little bird did sing
Man has no choice
When he wants every thing

We'll rise above the scarlet tide
That trickles down through the mountain
And separates the widow from the bride

Man goes beyond his own decision
Gets caught up in the mechanism
Of swindlers who act like kings
And brokers who break everything
The dark of night was swiftly fading
Close to the dawn of day
Why would I want him just to lose him again

We'll rise above the scarlet tide
That trickles down through the mountain
And separates the widow from the bride


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"The Scarlet Tide" as written by J. Henry Burnett Elvis Costello

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    General CommentThis was written by Elvis Costellp
    jane866319on May 19, 2016   Link
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    General CommentFolk song. Not sure if its something she got from Appalachia, or just wrote it for the movie "Cold Mountain". Either way its pretty straight forward and was about wives/girlfriends/mothers who's sons/fathers/husbands went off to war and the fear of them never coming home, and having to come to grips with that. Really beautiful song, feels old old old, so if she made it for the move she is a genius.
    thisismyhearton November 19, 2012   Link

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