Who Sang The Briar and The Rose? The Cottars

The Cottars Made in Cape Breton cover art
Release information
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Celtic
length: 5:11
composer: Tom Waits
lyricist: Tom Waits
I fell asleep down by the stream
And there I had the strangest dream
And down by Brennan's Glenn there grows
A briar and a rose

There's a tree in the forest
But I don't know where
I built a nest out of your hair
And climbing up into the air
A briar and a rose

I don't know how long it has been
But I was born in Brennan's Glenn
And near the end of spring there grows
A briar and a rose

I picked the rose one early morn
I p____ed my finger on a thorn
It had grown so high
It's winding wove the briar around the rose

I tried to tear them both apart
I felt a bullet in my heart
And all dressed up in spring's new clothes
The briar and the rose

And when I'm buried in my grave
Tell me so I will know
Your tears will fall
To make love grow
The briar and the rose

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Sùilean Dubh
  • 2 The Captain Campbell Medley: Captain Campbell / Calum Breugach / Wedding Reel #1 / Cuir 's a' Chiste Mhóir Mi (Wedding Reel #3) / The High Road to Linton
  • 3 I Know Who Is Sick
  • 4 The Boy's Lament Medley: The Boy's Lament for His Dragon / Jessie Smith / A Taste of Gaelic / Brenda Stubbert's Reel
  • 5 Ballinderry
  • 6 The Two Brothers Medley: Two Brothers / O'Keefe's Slide / The Tenpenny Bit
  • 7 Scarlet Ribbons
  • 8 Ciaran's Piano Medley: My Lodging's on the Cold Ground / The Lass o' the Corrie Mill / The Growling Old Man and Old Woman / The Golden Wedding Reel
  • 9 The Coulin/Hornpipes Medley: The Coulin / The Green Castle / The Harvest Home
  • 10 The Briar and The Rose
  • 11 The Pleasures of Home Medley: The Pleasures of Home / I Have a Wife of My Ain / Gabrielle's Jig
  • 12 Here's to Song
  • 13 Kitchen Racket