Woman Of The Woods

from by Rosie Hodgson

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Although historically shunned by the all-male medical profession, midwives and wise-women were often the only help that many people could afford.

This is a song about the woman who was there to help when no-one else would.

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Many a time I've been woken to find
A frantic man upon my door knocking,
He begs me to hurry and tend to his wife,
For the child won't be too long in coming.

Weary I follow him up to the farm,
And there I find his young wife is labouring,
I pray to the Lord for one easy birth –
For the child in it's mothers arms laying...

There's many who'd shun a woman like me,
Though many I have had hand in helping,
When times are hardest or hope nearly lost,
It's into the the woods they come calling.

Many a time I've returned home to find,
A young girl on my doorstep crying,
Her face it is drawn and her belly is tight,
For a child won't be too long in coming.

Some girls I've had they've been barely fifteen,
Their bodies still too slight to carry,
The lads take their pleasure and next day move on,
Take with them their promise to marry....

There's many who'd shun a woman like me,
Though many I have had hand in helping,
When times are hardest or hope nearly lost,
It's into the the woods they come calling.

These days I'm often called into the town,
To tend to the needs of the dying,
When they cross over it's me lays them out,
And pray I have eased their passing...

There's many who'd shun a woman like me,
Though many I have had hand in helping,
When times are hardest or hope nearly lost,
It's into the the woods you come calling.

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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