The Unquiet Grave
Kate Rusby Lyrics

How pleasant is the wind tonight
I feel some drops of rain
I never had but one true love
In greenwood he lies slain
I'll do so much for my true love
As any young girl may
I'll sit and mourn all on your grave
For twelve months and a day

The twelve months and a day being up
The ghost began to speak
Why sit you here and mourn for me
And you will not let me sleep
What do you want of me sweetheart
Oh what is it you crave
Just one kiss of your lily white lips
And that is all I crave

Oh don't you see the fire sweetheart
The fire that burns so blue
Where my poor soul tormented is
All for the love of you
And if you weren't my own sweetheart
As I know you well to be
I'd rend you up in pieces small
As leaves upon the tree

Mourn not for me my dearest dear
Mourn not for me I crave
I must leave you and all the world
And turn into my grave

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Aurora M

This song brings tears to your eyes. I lost someone before... he was the only person who understood me. If he listens to me still, despite being gone, I hope that this song reaches him. My brother, I love you.

Rory Mccarney

Was in love with luke Kelly's version but this is so very beautiful and hunting.. such perfection

Andy Waters

This is a breathtaking version. Kate's voice is so distinctive that comparison with other versions is meaningless.


this is by far the most tragically romantic version i've heard.

SameOldFitUp Lost Time Is Never Found Again

For England, Yorkshire, Faith, Justice, Life!


I think she sings this excactly right - the slighly weary almost laconic sadness leaves room for the lyric to work. Wonderful arrangement too. Top stuff.


10 ot of 10 to Kate Rusby for her beautiful modern rendition of this old English folk song. She makes it live again

Ahmad Borhan

Poetry in lyrical voice, verses, story and music. Magical!

Tom Berry

Just tried listening to the newer version of this on Spotify and it just doesn't have the weight and power of emotion as this older version. Absolutely wonderful.


Her voice is pure South Yorkshire.

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