Bouzouki and Vocals - Glyn Collinson
Guitar and Vocals - Rowena Gee
Cajon - Ben Clayton

Fiddle - Pip Jopling

Recorded in Ro's Living Room, Guildford, UK, 19th March
2011

Download "The Stars In The Sky"

Glyn Collinson
Posted 6th September 2011- 3:48pm

A song I wrote a while back, but really only came together after we started including a fiddle player in our line up. Our friend Donna Smith, and lately Pip Jopling really help glue the thing together. Oh, and actually having Ben on drums was really cool as well. This was taken from our March rehearsal sessions.

I wanted to write a song about one of my great-grandparents in WWI, but I unfortunately didn't have the history. So in the best traditions of folk music, I just made it up. Let me know what you think!

We were born in the countryside far from the shore
We grew up together in time for the war
My parents were never so proud of me
As together we left for a life on the sea

[Chorus:]
Far from the green hills of England we'll roam
With the Stars in the Sky pointing home
With the Stars in the Sky pointing home


We boarded the gangway, the shore at our backs
And all that we owned in our rough navy sacks
We steamed from the harbour, the sky turning black
All smothered in smoke as it poured from our stack

[Chorus]

With the crash of the great northern waves on the bow
In a world wrapped in steel, we'll be dreaming somehow
Asleep through the night and awake through the day
As further from England, our home, we will stray

[Chorus]

With the crash of the shells and the screaming of steel
The sea rushing in through a hole in our keel
The great northern ocean, so cold and so deep
By the time you were rescued you'd fallen asleep

You were wrapped in a bag that was draped in a flag
Now your home is the stars in the sky
Now your home is the stars in the sky

We were born in the countryside far from the shore
We grew up together in time for the war
My parents were never so proud of me
As together we left for a life on the sea

Far from the green hills of England we'll roam
With the Stars in the Sky pointing home
We'll go back to the green hills of England alone,

With the Stars in the Sky pointing home

With the Stars in the Sky pointing home


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