Legends of the Shire

by Turning of the Tide

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Turning of the Tide - Legends of the Shire

Turning of the Tide are pleased to announce the release of their second single 'Legends of the Shire' for free download. These two songs are based on well-known murder cases, both occurring during the 1800s.

'The Ballad of the Temporal Son' is the story of the murder of Mary Kirkham by Tom Otter. Tom (also known as Tom Temporal) was forced to marry Mary after getting her pregnant. Not content with his lot in life, and possibly fearing arrest for bigamy (he was already married), he did what any wrong-thinking gent would do, and bashed her head in with a stake. Tom was subsequently arrested for her murder, and the inquest was carried out at the Sun Inn in Saxilby. There are historical tales of Mary haunting the kitchens at the Sun Inn, and of the murder weapon disappearing and re-appearing near the scene of the crime. Of course, this is just a folkloric embellishment of the story.
www.saxilbyhistory.org/tom%20otter.html

'The Dark and the Emerald Green' tells the tale of Eliza Joyce who murdered her daughter and step-children. She was found not-guilty during her initial trial, due largely to a lack of evidence against her, and a convincing lie on her behalf. However, for reasons unknown, she elected to confess her sin later while at Boston Workhouse. Her infamous comment during her confession to the Workhouse Overseer (Mr Sturdy) - as to why she had committed the murder - was "“I don’t know, except I thought it was such a troublesome thing to bring a family of children into this troublesome world.” Arguably, Eliza had deeper psychological issues that manifested into this monstrous crime.
www.capitalpunishmentuk.org/joyce.html

Of course, there is nothing glamorous about our tales but the history is fascinating. These are, however, just a couple of the many stories that Lincolnshire has to offer; a rich tapestry throughout the past. These are, indeed, Legends of the Shire.

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released October 20, 2014

Written by Steve Cowan and Phil Thomson
Recorded and Mixed by Steve Cowan
Artwork by Steve Cowan for SoulDrift Designs

Phil Thomson :: Vocals, Mandolin
Rob Bacon :: Acoustic Guitar
Steve Cowan :: Electric Guitar, Bass, Backing Vocals

The Cowan-Clarke Choir :: Backing Vocals

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Track Name: The Ballad Of The Temporal Son
The year is Eighteen-hundred-six, I'm reflecting on my life
This is the day I'm taken in, for murdering my wife
Sentenced to death, a five hour trial, no record of my fall
Hanged in chains and left to rot; a warning to you all

Her name was Mary Kirkham, a bonny lass for sure
She came to carry child by me, a shame we would endure
A knob-stick wedding planned to make scandal disappear
A life in chains together, my future coming clear

The body of a woman found on the following morn
Her bloody clothes a coffin now, for the poor unborn
Change the name and not the letter
Change for worse and not for better
Change the name and not the letter
Change for worse and not for better

My arrest came the next morning, by a man named Patchy White
They took me to the local pub, for an inquest at first light
She was buried at St. Botolph's, the evidence now clear
A trial to follow a guilty plea, I've nothing left to fear

The body of a woman found on the following morn
Her bloody clothes a coffin now, for the poor unborn
Change the name and not the letter
Change for worse and not for better
Change the name and not the letter
Change for worse and not for better
Track Name: The Dark & The Emerald Green
Hush, my boy, be still, and take this spoon with grace
Never mind the whispers, and forget about the taste
This will surely make you better, to join the family once again
So rise, my boy, and take what is needed for your pain

I know that I will never be, a ressurrection of your mother
The lady donned in black, to tear you from each other
One by one they fell apart, severed by my hand
And now, my boy, the last to fall exactly how I planned

Two and three, they're gone
The last one the first born
An accident they say
I was acquited on this day

Mr Sturdy, I confess to you, for I have been remiss
How could I bring these children in, to a tragic world as this
I know I'll hang, and forgiveness will never come from God
But, still, I repent to you for all the pain I've caused

Hush, my boy, be still, and take this spoon with grace
Never mind the whispers, and forget about the taste
This will surely make you better, to join the family once again
So rise, my boy, and take what is needed for your pain

Two and three, they're gone
The last one the first born
An accident they say
I was acquited on this day

Two and three, they're gone
The last one the first born
No accident they cried
The work of this dark bride

Two and three, they're gone
The last one the first born
An accident they said
A thousand tears were shed