"Tulip" as written by and Jesca Hoop....
Ada, my rarest bud from the desert valley
Your hair of fire and skin of snow
Have coursed me to the heights of the desert mountains
In search of the cure for a rampant fever
Your beauty's power, it plagues me now
I come and scour the land for the desert flower

For beauty and perfume I'd stake my house and my lands
The gold is sleeping in the river but the flower's in my hand
With a paler leaf and a broken petal, I'll paint the king and queen
And to the goldsmith with my flower I'll buy your wedding ring

Tulip, tulip
With one word I'd a-buy
Oxen, sheep and wheat and rye
Land on the north seaside
Tulip, tulip
With one word I'd a-buy
The finest dresses man can buy
And a pearl for to pay my bride

Then with my rarest bowl to her father's garden
Like gold for lamb or wool for clam I gave that man a bowl for his daughter Ada
Your heart is mine and it's mine forever
And she replied, "my fate that lies on yon horizon's tethered me to the sky"

The match arranged, and vows exchanged and the dove flew away
The bells spilled out the hollow canyon on our wedding day
To me she gave her hand and to death do us part
But the bird will nest with one that she has promised her heart

Tulip, tulip
With one word I'd a-buy
The bed from which our sons will rise
And the window where she cries
Tulip, tulip
With one word I'd a-buy
A net to catch the birds that fly from the window where she cries

He reaches out and I withdraw
Spilling the flowering bribes from his paw
The broken petals climbing the walls
Stealing my oxygen, no air at all
From the bed I hear him call
But I answer cooing when the night falls
The cotton sword is storming the hall
Cutting my vision to no sight at all

I tied the tulip around her neck
Like a red lead sinker
And blindfold and spin around
And round and round
To the banks of the river and then walk
My true love into the rushing water
And by her long hair, bleeding red
Hair-pulled my love there under until she drown

For beauty and perfume I'd stake my house and my lands
My love is sleeping in the river but the flower's in my hand
With a paler leaf and a broken petal
I'll keep her all to me
And to the river with my flower
I'll hear my true love sing

Your water is still in my friend
Ready to drown
Water, water oh water my kin
Carry me out
This Eine river is mercy at last
Die as she laughs for
He's waiting with a dove's nest
My true love

Tulip, tulip
With one word I'd a-buy
A veil that parted o'er my bride
And the breath as my true love died
Tulip, tulip
With one word I'd a-buy
A veil that parted o'er my bride
And the blue from the bluest eye


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  • +4
    Lyric CorrectionHere are the correct lyrics:

    Ada, my rarest bud from the desert valley
    Your hair of fire and skin of snow
    Have coursed me to the heights of the desert mountains
    In search of the cure for a rampant fever
    Your beauty's power, it plagues me now
    I come and scour the land for the desert flower

    For beauty and perfume I'd stake my house and my lands
    The gold is sleeping in the river but the flower's in my hand
    With a paler leaf and a broken petal, I'll paint the king and queen
    And to the goldsmith with my flower I'll buy your wedding ring

    Tulip, tulip
    With one word I'd a-buy
    Oxen, sheep and wheat and rye
    Land on the north seaside
    Tulip, tulip
    With one word I'd a-buy
    The finest dresses man can buy
    And a pearl for to pay my bride

    Then with my rarest bowl to her father's garden
    Like gold for lamb or wool for clam I gave that man a bowl for his daughter Ada
    Your heart is mine and it's mine forever
    And she replied, "my fate that lies on yon horizon's tethered me to the sky"

    The match arranged, and vows exchanged and the dove flew away
    The bells spilled out the hollow canyon on our wedding day
    To me she gave her hand and to death do us part
    But the bird will nest with one that she has promised her heart

    Tulip, tulip
    With one word I'd a-buy
    The bed from which our sons will rise
    And the window where she cries
    Tulip, tulip
    With one word I'd a-buy
    A net to catch the birds that fly from the window where she cries

    He reaches out and I withdraw
    Spilling the flowering bribes from his paw
    The broken petals climbing the walls
    Stealing my oxygen, no air at all
    From the bed I hear him call
    But I answer cooing when the night falls
    The cotton sword is storming the hall
    Cutting my vision to no sight at all

    I tied the tulip around her neck
    Like a red lead sinker
    And blindfold and spin around
    And round and round
    To the banks of the river and then walk
    My true love into the rushing water
    And by her long hair, bleeding red
    Hair-pulled my love there under until she drown

    For beauty and perfume I'd stake my house and my lands
    My love is sleeping in the river but the flower's in my hand
    With a paler leaf and a broken petal
    I'll keep her all to me
    And to the river with my flower
    I'll hear my true love sing

    Your water is still in my friend
    Ready to drown
    Water, water oh water my kin
    Carry me out
    This Eine river is mercy at last
    Die as she laughs for
    He's waiting with a dove's nest
    My true love

    Tulip, tulip
    With one word I'd a-buy
    A veil that parted o'er my bride
    And the breath as my true love died
    Tulip, tulip
    With one word I'd a-buy
    A veil that parted o'er my bride
    And the blue from the bluest eye
    circusgirlon August 07, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI really like this song, catchy tune and slight Irish sounding melody I think. And lots of complex lyrics!

    Overall, the story is about a wealthy man who falls in love (or at least lust) with a beautiful girl named Ada. He buys her hand in marriage from her father, and they are wed. However she does not love him in return, possibly because she loves another man, and refuses her husband's advances in the bedroom. So he takes her to the river and drowns her there.

    Did he know before they were married that she didn't love him? Well, when told that he intended to marry her she replied "my fate that lies on yon horizon's tethered me to the sky". Huh??? Guys are optimists, and interpret any ambiguity as "Yes". Ladies, keep that in mind. Be clear.

    Parts of the song are from the perspective of the man, and parts are from Ada's perspective, this makes it a little confusing.

    Speculation time now. The title "Tulip" comes from the Dutch Tulip Mania of 1636-1637. The man either got his wealth from speculating in tulips, or was already wealthy and enjoyed trading in tulips. He uses tulips to buy things, including the wedding ring ("to the goldsmith with my flower I'll buy your wedding ring") and even buys Ada's hand in marriage by giving a bowl of tulips to her father. The most sought-after tulips at that time actually got their beauty from a disease called "Tulip Breaking Virus" which accounts for the "broken petal" references in the song. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…)

    Now the line "The cotton sword is storming the hall" -- I have no idea what that means.
    Qwertiuson October 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe actual lyrics, taken from the artists website:

    Ada, my rarest bulb from the desert valley
    Your hair of fire and skin of snow
    Have caused me to the heights of the desert mountains
    In search of a cure for a rampant fever
    Your beauty’s power has plagued me now
    I come and scour the land for the desert flower

    For beauty and perfume I stake my house and my lands
    The gold is sleeping in the river but the flower’s in my hand
    With a paler leaf and a broken petal I’ll bait the king and queen
    And to the goldsmith with my flower I’ll buy a wedding ring

    Tulip, tulip, with one what I did buy
    Oxen, sheep and wheat and rye
    And land on the north seaside
    Tulip, tulip, with one what I did buy
    The finest dresses man could buy and a pearl for to bait my bride

    Then with my rarest bulb to her father’s garden
    And like gold for lamb or wool for clam
    I gave that man the bulb for his daughter Ada
    Your heart is mine and it’s mine forever
    And she replied “My faith that lies on yon horizon’s
    tethered me to the sky”

    The match arranged and vows exchanged and the dove flew away
    The bells spilled out the hollow canyon on our wedding day
    To me she gave her hand until death do us part
    But the birds will nest with the one that she has promised her heart

    Tulip, tulip, with one what I did buy
    The bed from which our sons will rise and the window where she cries
    Tulip, tulip, with one what I did buy
    A net to catch the birds that fly from the window where she cries

    He reaches out and I withdraw
    Spilling the flowering bribes from his paw
    The broken petals climbing the walls
    Stealing my oxygen, no air at all
    From the bed I hear him call but I answer cooing when the night falls
    The cotton sword is storming the hall
    Cutting my vision to no sight at all

    I tied the tulip round her neck like a red lead sinker
    And blindfold her and spin her round and round and round
    To the banks of the river
    And then walk my true love in to the rushing water
    And by her long hair bleeding red hair
    Pull my love there under until she drown

    For beauty and perfume I’d stake my house and my land
    My love is sleeping in the river but the flower’s in my hand
    With a paler leaf and a broken petal I’ll keep her all to me
    And to the river with my flower I’ll hear my true love sing

    No water is still my friend
    Ready to drown
    Water, water, oh water my kin
    Carry me out
    This iron river is mercy at last
    Die as she laughs
    For he is waiting where the doves nest
    My true love

    Tulip, tulip, with one what is did buy
    The veil that parted over my bride
    And the blue from her bluest eyes
    Tulip, tulip, with one what I did buy
    The veil that parted over my bride and her breath as my true love dies
    Cevarion December 08, 2013   Link

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