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The Spinning Wheel (Rosalee Peppard)

Many years ago,
In an outport you might know,
The spinning wheel would whirl as the red sun sank;
And yards of yarn would grow,
Wool as soft and white as snow,
With a little Irish song in every hank.

And Charlotte felt the rhythm of the wheel,
And she sang while she was spinning,
Her voice was sweet and high;
Leaning back she'd close her eyes,
And you'd laugh and then you'd cry,
When Lotte was singing.

Charlotte had to spin,
For her children and her men,
To keep them warm in Maritime weather;
The duty and the strife,
Of a fisherman's wife,
Were twisted like the yarn and spun together.

And Charlotte felt the rhythm of the wheel,
And she sang while she was spinning,
Her voice was sweet and high;
Leaning back she'd close her eyes,
And you'd laugh and then you'd cry,
When Lotte was singing.

Life and death would come
'Round in turn to Charlotte's home,
Death took three but Lotte gave life to ten;
White and black wool turned to grey,
As she carded joy with pain,
Then she'd dry her tears and spin her wheel again.

And Charlotte felt the rhythm of the wheel,
And she sang while she was spinning,
Her voice was sweet and high;
Leaning back she'd close her eyes,
And you'd laugh and then you'd cry,
When Lotte was singing.

Lotte died in fifty-five,
But her memory's still alive,
In songs her children's children's children sing;
The present with the past,
Carded, spun and made to last,
Through her wheel of life Lotte keeps on spinning.

And Charlotte felt the rhythm of the wheel,
And she sang while she was spinning,
Her voice was sweet and high;
Leaning back she'd close her eyes,
And you'd laugh and then you'd cry,
When Lotte was singing.

####.... Rosalee Peppard, 2002 & 2004 Dr. Helen Creighton Folklore Research Award recipient ....####
Recorded by Rosalee Peppard of Nova Scotia and Toronto, Ontario (No Place Like Home, trk#6, 2001 CD, Mayflower Music, Toronto, Ontario.)


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