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By Emy Phelps; the very bird on the CD cover.


© Emy Phelps, MyWindowFacesTheWest Music ASCAP

Magpie sittin’ in a cottonwood tree
Got your greedy eye on me
Eye on me, oh got your eye on me

All those treasures in your nest
Can you tell me which one is the best?
Is the best, oh, which one is the best

The ring you gave me sparkled true
But the love you gave me made me blue
Made me blue oh, made me so blue.

Sweet blue of the Morning Glory
But the evening brings another story
Evening brings another story

There are things we cannot see
Can’t see love or gravity.
Can’t see love or gravity.
They can both be tricky things
They can pull you down or make you feel so free.


You took my love and you turned away
And now you tell me it’s OK
It’s OK? Oh, no it’s not OK!
I threw my ring in the piney creek
That magpie grabbed in its beak
In its beak, oh, grabbed in its beak

Oh fly on back to your cottonwood tree
You go away and let me be
Let me be, oh, let me be free

Fiddle tune


from Treasures, released June 14, 2018
Emy Phelps: vocal, guitar
5-string banjo: Allison Ann DeGroot
Fiddles: Bruce Molsky & Darol
Cello: Anger


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Darol Anger Nevada City, California

Darol Anger has helped drive the evolution of contemporary violin through pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, Psychograss, and others. Composing, teaching, and performing internationally since 1977, he has produced numerous important recordings and soundtracks. ... more

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