Anna Liffey

from by Spencer Scholes

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Anna Liffey is a sobriquet for Ireland I sort of borrowed from the Shenachies, the story tellers of old Ireland who subversively educated the people about their own history during the times when a large portion of the population were banned by law from educating their children. Which penalty was enforced for some four hundred years. Anna Liffey would have been sung of in story songs representing the history of Ireland in the form of characters in stories. Anna Liffey would have been one of many sobriquets used for the actual people and land of Ireland.
The song came to me as a realization of one aspect of romantic relationships and speaks of it generally and specifically but seems to be a fairly commonplace and therefore recognizable point of unspoken communication between lovers.


Capture a lonely heart
give her a little tender touch
and you'll see her start
to bloom more beautiful
than the mountains in the spring
more wise and wonderful
than all of nature's lovely things

Speak her name
but don't hesitate
this miracle will blow away
should you have to wait
like the laughing river
she will roll along
you must do more than want her
or you must wander on

You and I
once were thick as thieves
two of a common pattern
like the falling leaves
and all that passed between us
always will remain
along as there is sunshine
this dull annulling pain

Anna Liffey


from Dragonfly Season, released November 25, 2013
Words and music written and performed by Spencer Scholes. All rights reserved 2013



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Spencer Scholes Durham, North Carolina

Spencer Scholes writes songs hefted from the weight of experience, painted with hues of imagination, and tempered by the sting of sharp self examination. Softer sounds in his recordings conceal the foothills of volcanic stage energy. Currently, Spencer is touring nationally in support of his debut solo album Dragonfly Season. ... more

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