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The Selkie Girl

from Hang Me Out to Dry by Trip McCool

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I left my mother’s loving arms
Stepped out in this world
Heard my father’s last refrain
Beware the sea, the swirl And the Selkie Girl

Shipwrecked on a rocky shoal
Drowning, lost, alone
A fin, a flip, a flash of grey
She pushed me to the stone, the Merrow folk call home

Her hair that sets the heart to flame
Twisting in the wind
I twisted like a knot of blame
Oh the seven sins, She shed her selkie skin

She gave me drink of bloody wine
Went straight to my head
Lost all track of place and time
Took me to her bed, Her Selkie bonny bed

A broken heart, a broken song
No never can I rest
My love, my youth, my money gone
All that I have left, Her tattoo on my chest


from Hang Me Out to Dry, released February 17, 2020


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Trip McCool Holly Springs, North Carolina

I put on the guitar and sing as if my ancestors were listening; and I truly believe they are so I better not disappoint them. Trip is the part of my soul that never forgot the sacrifices they made. My people rose up from the Irish mud to make a better life for me. I write songs for them, for my people, the immigrants, the poor, the salt of the earth. It's all true, even the lies. ... more

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