Hetty's Waltz

from by Rosie Hodgson

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My Grandma & Grandad met on a bus in York after the war and fell instantly in love. They danced all their lives and this is a song for them.


"Come take my hand won't you do me a favour
Won't you come dance with me?", says Hetty to Joe,
"Can't promise I will be much of a mover,
But I promise I'll try not to step on your toes."

"Look we're in luck", she says, "the next ones the waltz,
And I'm pretty sure I know how this one goes –
Your hand on my waist and mine on your shoulder,
It's one, two, three; one, two, three; over and over..."

"Wasn't it you I saw last week at the movies?
We were too shy to say hello.
Maybe we're neither quite as brave as we could be,
But I'd let you kiss me if you'd walk me home."

"Let's take the 10.50 right past the Minster,
A tower so proud reaching right to the sky."
Joe says to Hetty, "Love, I'll make you a wager:
There's no-one in this wide world as in love as I..."

"It's been a lifetime that we've had together,
But just one more time darling, before you go,
Come take my hand won't you do me a favour
Won't you come dance with me?" says Hetty to Joe.


from Rise Aurora, released December 1, 2016
Words & music by Rosie Hodgson.
Arranged by Rosie Hodgson & Rowan Piggott.



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Rosie Hodgson England, UK

Rosie is a folk singer/songwriter from Midhurst, West Sussex. Having grown up surrounded by traditional music, her voice possesses a naturalness and maturity, bringing "a ruby-richness to lyrics new and old". (Folk Radio UK)

Rosie is currently working with fiddle player Rowan Piggott.
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