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I told him 'No don't cut the Wych elm down
She's been standing in the forest at the gateway to our town
Since the men in black with their wooden crosses came'

Bella was a woman who lived in our village
Healing the sick and tending her land
Every child born owed its life to our Bella
My first breath was drawn by the touch of her hand

Don't put your axe against her I swear that she will bleed
Woodsman she's a woman leave her in peace'

Came there a young man down to our village
Clothes black as night-time with eyes bright and cold
The folk of the village he loved as a priest loves
But Bella he loved as a young man brave and bold

I cannot be yours I belong to the Earth sir
You cannot be mine you are sworn to the sky
Take heed of your vows priest the Gods cannot be cheated
Not even by a heart that is deceived by the eye

Your words gentle Bella they mark me for callow
And I swear by the Christ now so mark my words well
If you will not love me you'll go to none other
As a witch you will burn I consign thee to Hell

She's guarded by God and by powers unknown
If you value your life/(soul) woodsman leave her alone

On the eve of All Hallows as Bella was dancing
In the light of her beacon - naked and free
Out from the darkness a priest came a-walking
Bella tonight you will lie here with me

The ground underneath them it growled and trembled
The couple were shaken and Bella broke free
And when the quake was over the clearing was empty
The priest stood alone 'twixt a fire and a tree

Gone is the woodsman gone from this village
Here in the forest I now walk alone
In the clearing the Wych elm still stands by the river
In the grass lies an axe and a pillar of stone

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from Morning Glory, released March 22, 1996
N. Dorakis

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