Matty Groves Song Lyrics

Fairport Convention


publisher: ©Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Julian Godfrey Brookhouse, Miguel Drummond, Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot, Michael John Mcevoy, Nicholas Bernard Thorp
album: Track 3 in album Liege & Lief
release date: 1969-12
popularity : 153 users have visited this page.
length: 8:09
producer: Joe Boyd
drums: Dave Mattacks
vocal: Sandy Denny
engineer: John Wood
arranger: Fairport Convention
violin: Dave Swarbrick
guitars: Richard Thompson and Simon Nicol
viola: Dave Swarbrick
bass guitar: Ashley Hutchings
composer: [traditional]

Album Information

label: Island
country(area): United Kingdom
format: 12" Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

Fairport Convention Liege & Lief cover art


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A holiday, a holiday, and the first one of the year
Lord Donald's wife came into the church, the gospel for to hear
And when the meeting it was done, she cast her eyes about
And there she saw little Matty Groves, walking in the crowd
"Come home with me, little Matty Groves, come home with me tonight
Come home with me, little Matty Groves, and sleep with me till light"
"Oh, I can't come home, I won't come home and sleep with you tonight
By the rings on your fingers I can tell you are my master's wife"
"But if I am Lord Donald's wife, Lord Donald's not at home
He is out in the far cornfields bringing the yearlings home"

And a servant who was standing by and hearing what was said
He swore Lord Donald he would know before the sun would set
And in his hurry to carry the news, he bent his breast and ran
And when he came to the broad millstream, he took off his shoes and he swam


Track Listing

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Come All Ye
  • 2 Reynardine
  • 3 Matty Groves
  • 4 Farewell, Farewell
  • 5 The Deserter
  • 6 Medley: The Lark in the Morning / Rakish Paddy / Foxhunter's Jig / Toss the Feathers
  • 7 Tam Lin
  • 8 Crazy Man Michael