Song Lyric Sunday: Sinead O’Connor, “I am stretched on your grave.”

Been rummaging around in my virtual trunk of vinyl, cassette, and CDs. I have some retro gems.

Helen @ This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time chose “The Last To Know” by Three Days Grace. As Helen says of the song [and of life]: “The last stanza is my favorite. Breakups are hard, but there is a point where you realize you are okay and you will survive and maybe you find that you’re better off.”

My contribution to Song Lyrics Sunday this week has no happy ending. But then how could a poem/song entitled, “I am stretched on your grave”?

I am stretched on your grave. See note below concerning the origin of the lyrics/music.

I am stretched on your grave
And I’ll lie there forever
If your hands were in mine
I’d be sure they could not sever
My apple tree, my brightness
It’s time we were together
For I smell of the earth
And am worn by the weather
When my family thinks
That I’m safely in my bed
From morn until night
I am stretched out at your head
Calling out to the earth
With tears hot and wild
My grief for the girl
That I loved as a child
Do you remember the night we were lost
In the shade of the blackthorn
And the chill of frost
And thanks be to Jesus
We did all that was right
And your maiden head still
Is your pillar of light
The priests and the friars
They approach me in dread
Because I still love you
My love and you’re dead
I still would be your shelter
Through rain and through storm
And with you in your cold grave
I cannot sleep warm
So I am stretched on your grave
And will lie there forever
If your hands were in mine
I’d be sure they could not sever
My apple tree, my brightness
It’s time we were together
For I smell of the earth
And am worn by the weather

Wikipedia: “I Am Stretched on Your Grave” is a translation of an anonymous 17th-century Irish poem titled “Táim sínte ar do thuama“.[1] It was translated into English several times, most notably by Frank O’Connor.[2] It was put to music by musician Philip King in 1979.[3] 

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One thought on “Song Lyric Sunday: Sinead O’Connor, “I am stretched on your grave.”

  1. Helen Espinosa January 24, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    I love the lyrics to this song. I love music that has poetry elements in it. Thanks for sharing! :)

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