This song was written by James Hunter, who also performs this version of it. According to James, it is, "A song written about a woman, her lover and the futility of war. Initially I thought it was set in Scotland in 1916 but when it was finished I realised it applied to all conflicts anywhere in the world. Women are heroes and politicians the villains."
James writes, "My name is James Hunter and I confess to writing folk music. I have lived in Northern Ireland through all the bad times and the not so bad times. I am not a musician nor singer and I cannot write music, but I enjoy srtinging together a few words and trying to find guitar chords to go with them. I have a pretty eclectic musical taste from Johnny Cash to the Flaming Lips, but have always had a soft spot for singer-songwriters, John Martyn, Niel Young, Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake and Bob Dylan to name a few. I hope you like what you hear.
If you want to contact me, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Click below to play Lover's Lament.
You once said you'd stay forever
'Til the rivers all run dry
Til the mountains turn to rubble
You would not leave me 'til we die
Now you say that you are leaving
Does this flag mean more than me
Gone you say to fight for freedom
Leave me weeping after thee
Well men are fools and fools are plenty
Follow causes to their grave
While women weep for sons and lovers
Pray for souls they can not save
Since you've gone they've damned the river
Of the mountain quarries made
Me, I've gone and found another
In your place he's often laid
He is father to your children
Him they run to in the night
You are but a fading memory
Like that cause for which you fight
Well listen now you men of valour
Keep your women close at hand
Heed not the words of politicians
your not their thing to command
For patriotism a poor man's folly
Still they rally to the cause
They are blind they will not see now
It's poor men die in rich men's wars
Copyright © James Hunter 2008.