On these dark nights

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I wrote this song after a trip to Orkney and specifically after meeting and playing with Hazel Wrigley of the fiddle and guitar duo The Wrigley Sisters. The music is inspired by Orkney and that meeting - the words are about love and commitment.

Words and music by Jim Byrne

On these dark nights
I need you more
I want to see you through my door

Why don’t you stay at home with me

We’ll light the fire
And sit and watch the flames
will dance across our hearts

Why don’t you take a seat with me.

And you turn on my inner light
I contemplate what’s on my mind
This is a love we have to keep

And this old song
that we will sing
of something true
we both will bring

As we live out the life we planned

With lighter hearts
I’ll catch your smile
I know tonight we’ll stay a while

Warmed by this winter light we see

I catch your eye
and make you laugh
I take my time on your behalf

Let me offer up my recipe

And you turn on my inner light
I contemplate what’s on my mind
This is a love we have to keep

When something's true you hold it close
not cast aside or let it go
Don’t burn down this house that love has built

There is a love
that stays the course
with changing days
and moving shores

This is the time to show your hand

And this old song
that we will sing
of something true
we both will bring

As we live out the life we planned

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