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Song - Jewel Lake

posted Oct 30, 2018, 8:20 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Oct 30, 2018, 8:27 AM ]
By Pete Proudfoot (aka Onionfarmer Pete) 

A pond fed by a linn,
west of Old Sandson’s farm,
where a small stream runs north to the Bogs,
growing on the shore is an ancient oak tree:
a place I call Jewel Lake.

Between the leaves, where two big branches meet
two swallows return every Spring
Shelter they find in the ancient oak tree
Here, down by Jewel Lake.

Come close to me now
Hold me tight in your arms
Let’s rest a while, beneath the oak tree
Here, down by Jewel Lake.

Some six years ago, I first saw them here
feeling at home instantly.
Together they built a nest every year
here, down by Jewel Lake.

They come again when the Winter is done
I call them Milly and Bill
Bill, he is brave and black as the night
Milly as sweet as can be.

Come close to me now
Hold me tight in your arms
Let’s rest a while, beneath the oak tree
Here, down by Jewel Lake.

In the last days of April this year,
I set eyes on him one last time
A lonely bird, perched on his branch
Here, down by Jewel lake

Quietly he sat..
heartbroken he was..
watching and waiting all day
until one day when he left as well
never to come back again.

Tourne, tourne dans mes bras.
Tien moi serré encore.
Reste avec moi en bas ce chêne vert
Au bord du Lac Bijou.

Let’s rest a while, beneath the oak tree
Here, down by Jewel Lake.


Some information about the author: Pete Proudfoot, better known as Onionfarmer Pete, translated this song as the original title is "Lac Bijou". It was composed by Zachary Richard. It is played at almost every concert by the Evendim Hillbillies. They have once performed it near the Sirannon stream ((=on the server of that name)) with it's original lyrics.
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