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Adapted from a poem by James Clarence Mangan


O my Dark Rosaleen
Do not sigh, do not weep
Your ships of bliss above the deep
They plow the ocean stream
With Sonoma wine
And Humboldt bud
Upon the ocean green
And North Coast ale
I’ll bring some hope
To Dark Rosaleen

Dark Rosaleen, O my own Rosaleen
Make glad your heart to give you hope
To give you health and help and hope
To Dark Rosaleen

Over hills and through dales
I have traveled for your sake
Just yesterday I sailed with sails
On rivers and on lakes
I crossed the bay at highest flood
A ghost on Halloween
O there was lightnin’ in my blood
For Dark Rosaleen

Dark Rosaleen, O my fine Rosaleen,
Yeah there was lightnin’ in my blood
Red lightnin’ lighting up my blood
For Dark Rosaleen

Over wetlands and grasslands,
I flew on fiery wheels
Your holy delicate hands
Make me strong as steel
In your emerald bower
We’ll lie awake unseen
Upon your bed of magic flowers
Dark Rosaleen

Dark Rosaleen, O my fond Rosaleen
We’ll lie awake through daylight hours
Be made whole by holy flowers
Dark Rosaleen

I would scale the blue air,
I would plow the highest hills
O I would kneel all night in prayer,
To heal your many ills
‘Cause one electric smile from you
Would spark a light between
My work and me, my own, my true
My Dark Rosaleen

Dark Rosaleen, O my sweet Rosaleen
Would spark a light of love anew
Would make my self and soul renewed
By Dark Rosaleen

Without your love, get so depressed
Abandoned from above
The very soul within my breast
Goes sick without your love
My achin’ heart faints
To think of you, my queen
Life of life, O saint of saints
My Dark Rosaleen

Dark Rosaleen, O my own Rosaleen
To hear again your sad complaints
My life, my love, my saint of saints
My Dark Rosaleen


from Playing With Fire, track released November 1, 2009
Cole Tate - vocals, guitar
Bruce Kurnow - harp
Gus Garelick - fiddle, mandolin
Blair Hardman - bass guitar
Marc Smith – drums


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