Rise Aurora

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My Grandpa was raised in Cromer on the North Norfolk shore and so my first holidays were spent on the beach there. For generations, fishing was at the heart of the community, and this song is about one of those ordinary families who lived at the mercy of the ocean.

lyrics

I have no love but my lover,
I have eyes for none but he,
He's gone fishing on the water,
Keep him safe while he's at sea...

Rise Aurora, Aurora rise,
Cast around your golden rays,
So I may to the harbour fly
For to feel his warm embrace.

Pray the storms won't plague the ocean,
Pray the moon is in the sky,
And the shoals of fish are plenty,
On the decks are heaping high...

Rise Aurora, Aurora rise,
Cast around your golden rays,
So I may to the harbour fly
For to feel his warm embrace.

But hush, my pretty babe is crying,
Woken by the wind and rain,
And I hear that ocean roaring,
Beats the sandy shore with spray.

What to do but wait for morning,
Rock my baby, child in arms,
And to pray for God's great mercy
My man may return unharmed...

Rise Aurora, Aurora rise,
Cast around your golden rays,
So I may to the harbour fly
For to feel his warm embrace.

At the dawn, go to the harbour
For to watch the boats come home,
Warmly my love will embrace me,
Though he's frozen to the bone.

Rise Aurora, Aurora rise,
Cast around your golden rays,
So I may to the harbour fly
For to feel his warm embrace.

When our son is grown and married,
He will boldly go to sea,
And his wife, she'll sit and worry,
Sing "Rise Aurora, rise for me..."

Sing, rise Aurora, Aurora rise,
Cast around your golden rays,
So I may to the harbour fly
For to feel his warm embrace.

Rise Aurora, won't you rise,
Cast around your golden rays,
So I may to the harbour fly
For to feel his warm embrace...

credits

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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