Harris And The Mare (Stan Rogers)

Harris my old friend, good to see your face again,
More welcome, though, yon trap and that old mare;
For the wife is in a swoon, and I am all alone,
Harris, fetch thy mare and take us home.

The wife and I came out for a quiet glass of stout,
And a word or two with neighbours in the room;
But young Clary he came in, as drunk and wild as sin,
And swore the wife would leave the place with him.

But the wife as quick as thought said, "No, I'll bloody not."
Then struck the brute a blow about the head;
He raised his ugly paw, and he lashed her on the jaw,
And she fell onto the floor like she were dead.

Now Harris, well you know, I've never struck an angry blow,
Nor would I keep a friend who raised his hand;
I was a conscie in the war, cryin' what the hell's this for?
But I had to see his blood to be a man.

I grabbed him by his coat, spun him 'round and took his throat,
And beat his head upon the parlour door;
He dragged out an awful knife, and he roared, "I'll have your life."
And he stuck me and I fell onto the floor.

Blood I was from neck to thigh, bloody murder in his eye,
As he shouted out, "I'll finish you for sure."
But as the knife came down, I lashed out from the ground,
And the knife was in his breast as he rolled o'er.

Now with the wife as cold as clay, I carried her away,
No hand was raised to help us through the door;
And I've brought her half a mile, but I've had to rest a while,
And none of them I'll call a friend no more.

For when the knife came down, I was helpless on the ground,
No neighbour stayed his hand, I was alone;
By God, I was a man, but now I cannot stand,
Please, Harris, fetch thy mare, take us home.

Oh, Harris, fetch thy mare and take us out of here.
In my nine and fifty years, I've never known,
That to call myself a man, for my loved one I must stand;
Now Harris, fetch thy mare, take us home.

####.... Stan Rogers ....####
Recorded by Stan Rogers (Between The Breaks - Live, 1979).

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