Lyrics: Shrove Tuesday (2016)

Shrove Tuesday (2016)

When the lean days have come

When the lean days have come

And the long party’s finally over and done


And the long night creeps in

And the long night creeps in

Will it happen too soon? Will we feel it begin?


Will I hold on to you?

Can you hold on to me?

Will we ride out the squall or be buried at sea?


Will we think back to Shrove Tuesday so long ago

And find hope in reliving the past?

Will we count ourselves lucky if we make it through

Or will Wednesday bring nothing but ash?


Can you feel the hands turn?

Can you feel the hands turn?

Oh they told us before but we never did learn


And the cold’s setting in

Yes, now the cold’s setting in

And the devil’s collecting on all of our sins


So come and kiss me goodbye

Smile and kiss me goodbye

And we’ll live in the moment when we felt it die


And we’ll think back to Shrove Tuesday so long ago

When we wondered how long it could last.

Will we find ourselves bitter to think of those times

Or shriven, rebuild from the ash?


Can you think back to Shrove Tuesday so long ago

And hold on til the memory fails?

For the Wednesday is coming, and there’s no escape

And the future looks withered and frail


[Outro – from “Long Lankin” (Roud 6)]

There was blood all in the kitchen

There was blood all in the hall

There was blood all in the parlour

Where I saw my lady fall

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