Come Write Me Down

from A Woman's Way by Crosscurrents Music

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This song is for traveling women, their partners, and anyone who's ever said, "I don't have a relationship--I have a phone bill." The tune is the traditional "Come Write me down the pow'rs above/that first created a man to love."

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I opened the bills when I got home
And I can't believe my telephone
Why must you live so far away
|: Why must I have so much to say :|.

Ah, where are the days when a parted pair
Would write fond letters their love to share
I dry my eyes and I sign my name
|: As I write the check, but it's not the same. :|

Perhaps someday when I'm old and grey
And the grandchildren have come to play
Will we climb the stairs to the battered box
|: Where the old phone bills lie filed and locked. :|

Now (416) made me lose my head
And (617) said we'd soon be wed
|: And 251-4552 was a love he swore forever true. :|

Oh, where are the sketches and poetry
Of the grand love letters that used to be
And the tender words that I unfold
|: To warm my heart when a love grows cold :|

So I tie these bills with a ribbon blue
I hear the phone, it must be you
And with all my heart you'll hear me say
|: Hang up, my love, write me today! :|

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from A Woman's Way, released May 18, 2018
Lynn Noel, air trad.

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Crosscurrents Music Boston, Massachusetts

Lynn Noel brings traditional song and heritage arts online to create digital community. Lynn has a voice of striking clarity and power, equally at home in rhythmic chanteys and flowing ballads.

Lynn is a respected song session leader on both sides of the Atlantic and the producer and host of the Mermaid's Tavern online folk club. She has earned awards from the IUCN, NRCA, and CDSS.
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