Swallow & Swoon.

"Swallow & Swoon" from the Creekwood Crow CD written & performed by the Pea Pickin' Hearts, © 2014.


words & music by: Rachel Gibson & Jon Ives, © 2014
acoustic guitar: Epiphone EJ-200CE Super Jumbo played by Jon Ives
produced by: Jon Ives
recorded at: jives mobile studio (Boone, NC)

The story:  Sweet love song, with a sea shanty feel, about lovers dying one just after the other. Based on the traditional sailor’s tattoo imagery of the swallow being a metaphor for safe passage. Although it is about death, it is a sweet song of devotion that anticipates being reunited as opposed to mourning loss.

LYRICS:

On the spread wings of a Swallow
Both trip & travel, ne’er sorrow
Over land & sea the swallow will be
Winging you home to me

Swallow & swoon by light of the moon
Today our travels have ended
By harvest moon, sing an empty tune
Tomorrow I will have passed
Though I go soon, dying with the moon
The swallow will sing, “See you soon”.

On the spread wings of a Swallow
Both trip & travel, ne’er sorrow
Over land & sea the swallow will be
Winging you home to me

Swallow & swoon by the light of the moon
Yesterday our travels were through.
By the Spring moon, you will sing no tune.
Today your end will come.
Though you come soon, dying with the moon
The swallow will sing, “Shoot the moon”.

On the spread wings of a Swallow
Both trip & travel, ne’er sorrow
Over land & sea the swallow will be
Winging you home to me