Celtic Rainbow

by The Gothard Sisters

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The Gothard Sisters play a mix of Celtic and Americana fiddle music woven together with vocals, guitar, and drums. Epic, intimate, creative, sad and joyful.

"Celtic Rainbow" features the intricuate sound of fiddle harmonies, the sweet, uplifting voice of Solana, and unique arrangements of popular songs. They have a never-ending supply of new ideas and they aren't afraid to take risks. This is what makes these sisters the great musicians that they are."
-Marc Gunn, Celtic Mp3s Music Magazine, Irish and Celtic Music Podcast (www.http://www.celticmusicpodcast.com)

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released July 10, 2009

Greta Gothard
Willow Gothard
Solana Gothard
All arrangements and performances by the Gothard Sisters

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The Gothard Sisters Seattle, Washington

The Gothard Sisters are a dynamic all-female Celtic folk music and dance group from the Pacific Northwest, USA.
Historical fiction songwriting, fiddle tunes about cats and raccoons, and a love for folk heritage.

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Track Name: Sleepy Maggie
Dark and rainy is the night
from all this climb I am so weary
Lightning gleams across the sky,
and winds that blow with winter fury

Chorus
Oh are you sleeping Maggie,
Oh are you sleeping Maggie,
Let me in, for loud the wind
is roaring over the mountains craggy.

Rainfall fills the river bank
wind through the woods roars wild and clearly
loud the bells from the village clank
and cry of owl sounds so eerie

Chorus

Oooh She's at the door, she's let him in
he's left the night so cold and spooky
blow your worst, he told the wind
since now I'm safe inside with Maggie

Chorus
Track Name: The Rocks of Bawn
Come all ye loyal heroes
come listen one and all
don't hire with any farmer's
'till you know what your work will be.
He'll work you in the morning
before clear light of dawn
and never more be able
to plow the Rocks of Bawn.

And never more be able
to plow the Rocks of Bawn.

My shoes they all are worn
my stockings they are thin
my heart is always trembling now
for fear they might give in
my heart is always trembling now
from clear daylight 'till dawn
and never more be able
to plow the Rocks of Bawn.

And never more be able
to plow the Rocks of Bawn.

Chorus
I know that one day
I will leave this farmer's plow
I will drop this yoke of service
for in the new regiment
with the new sargeant majors
my crown is my crown.

A curse upon you Sweeney boy
you have me nearly robbed
you're sitting by the fireside
your feet upon the hob
you're sitting by the fireside
from clear daylight 'till dawn
and never more be able
to plow the Rocks of Bawn.

And never more be able
to plow the Rocks of Bawn.

Rise up, my gallant Sweeney
and get your horses hay
and give them all good feed of oats
before they start the day
don't give them lots of turnip sprigs
that grow on yon green lawn
or they'll never more be able
to plow the rocks of Bawn.

they'll never more be able
to plow....

Chorus

I wish the sargeant major
would send for me in time
and place me in some regiment
while in my youth and prime
I'd fight for Ireland's glory now
from clear daylight 'till dawn
before I will return again
to plow the rocks of Bawn

before I will return again
to plow.....

Chorus
Chorus
Track Name: Paddy's Green Shamrock Shores
From Derry kay we sailed away
on the twenty-third of May
we were taken on board by a pleasant crew
bound for America.

Chorus:
So fare thee well, my own true love
I'll think of you night and day
a place in my mind you will surely find
although I am so far away.
And when I'm alone, far away from home
I'll think of the good times once more.
Until I can make it back someday
to Paddy's Green Shamrock Shores.
Track Name: The Climb
I can almost see it, that dream I'm dreaming but
there's a voice inside my head saying
"you'll never reach it."
Every step I'm taking, every move I make feels
lost with no direction
my faith is shaken
but I....gotta keep tryin'
gotta keep my head held high.

Chorus:
There's always gonna be another mountain
always gonna wanna make it move
always gonna be an uphill battle
sometimes you're gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
ain't about what's waitin' on the other side
it's the climb!

The struggles I'm facing,
the chances I'm taking,
sometimes might knock me down but
no I'm not breaking.

I may not know it,
but these are the moments that,
I'm gonna remember most yeah
just gotta keep going
and I.... gotta be strong
just keep pushing on!

Chorus

Slow Chorus
Track Name: Caledonia
Lyrics:

I dunno if you can see
the changes that have come over me
in these last few days I've been afraid
that it might drift away...

So I've been telling old stories, singin' songs
that make me think about where I came from
that's the reason, why I seem
so far away today...

Chorus
Let me tell you that I love you
that I think about you all the time.
Caledonia, you're calling me
now I'm going home.
Oh but if I should become a stranger
you know that it would make me more than sad
Caledonia's been everything
I've ever had.

Now I'm sitting here, before the fire
the empty room and the forest choir
the flames that couldn't get any higher
they've withered now they've gone...

But I'm steady thinkin', my way is clear
and I know what I will do tomorrow
when the hands have shaken, the kisses flown,
well I will disappear...

Chorus
Track Name: Auld Lang Syne
Should old acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot
and days of Auld Lang Syne?

Chorus:
For Auld Lang Syne, my dear
for Auld Lang Syne
we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet
for Auld Lang Syne

And surely you'll be your pint stewp
and surely I'll be mine
and we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet
for Auld Lang Syne

Chorus