When I Wake in the Morning

from by Norah Rendell

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Angelo Dornan could only recall two verses (verses one and two here) of this plaintive song when he sang for Helen Creighton in 1954. The melody and sentiment of the song were so alluring that Norah composed two verses of her own to flesh out this tale of woe.


When I wake in the morning I go to my window,
I take a fond look o’er the place that I know,
I’m surrounded by sorrow, will I ever see tomorrow,
Oh, Jimmy, lovely Jimmy if you knew what I know.

When the boys come to court me they all swear they love me,
But I like a hero I do them disdain,
My love’s gone and left me, no other man will get me,
And I never will marry till he comes back again.

The day that we parted we were both broken-hearted,
And homeward I started with a pain in my heart,
To war he’s been taken our love is forsaken,
And I never will rest ’till he comes back again.

No warmth do the days bring no more do the birds sing,
As they did when my Jimmy was here by my side,
And cold will my heart lie till that day comes that I die,
Oh, Jimmy, lovely Jimmy, if you knew what I know.


from Spinning Yarns, released March 17, 2015
Norah Rendell on vocals and flute and Ailie Robertson on harp.



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Norah Rendell Saint Paul, Minnesota

Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Norah Rendell is a consummate musician that specializes in the traditional folk songs and dance music of Ireland and Canada. Norah was named "Best Vocalist of the Year" by the Live Ireland Awards in 2011 and 2012 and was nominated for "Best Traditional Singer of the Year" by the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2009. ... more

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