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This song was recorded with the help of Pete Levin, who also gave me the best birthday gift ever by enlisting his brother Tony Levin — whom I've been a huge fan of for many years — to play bass. Thank you, guys!

It's free to stream! However, should you choose to purchase this digital recording, you'll be supporting another friend of mine, Karen Bowles, who suffers from a rare immunological condition Pyoderma Gangrenosum, greatly affecting her life quality — but not her creativity, her kindness, her generous soul and joyous spirit. Your help is greatly appreciated, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Also, the first 1000 people to buy this track will get access to an exclusive electronic version, featuring the lovely voice of Molly Allman (Ireland). Please, make sure you provide your contact details to receive download code!

Thank you for your support, best wishes from us all, and enjoy the music (:

Emily.

lyrics

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AFTON SWEET
(adaptation from Robert Burns' original poem)

I
Thou stockdove whose echo resounds thro' the glen,
Ye wild whistling blackbirds in yon thorny den,
Thou green-crested lapwing thy screaming forbear,
I charge you, disturb not my slumbering Fair.

How lofty, sweet Afton, thy neighbouring hills,
Far mark'd with the courses of clear, winding rills;
There daily I wander as noon rises high,
My flocks and my Mary's sweet cot in my eye.

CHORUS
Flow gently, Afton sweet, oh, amang green braes,
Gently flow, I'll sing thee a song in praise;
Mary my 's asleep by thy murmuring stream,
Gently, Afton sweet, trouble not her dream.

II
How pleasant thy banks and green valleys below,
Where, wild in the woodlands, the primroses blow;
There oft, as mild Ev'ning weeps over the lea,
The sweet-scented birk shades my Mary and me.

Thy crystal stream, Afton, how lovely it glides,
And winds by the cot where my Mary resides;
How wanton thy waters her snowy feet lave,
As, gathering sweet flowerets, she stems thy clear wave.

CHORUS
Flow gently, Afton sweet, oh, amang green braes,
Gently flow, I'll sing thee a song in praise;
Mary my 's asleep by thy murmuring stream,
Gently, Afton sweet, trouble not her dream.

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credits

released December 1, 2013
Emily A. Saaen — music, vocal, guitar, production, mixing, mastering.
Pete Levin — arrangement, co-production, keys.
Tony Levin — bass.

Recorded in Woodstock, USA and Chelyabinsk, Russian Federation in 2010.

Based on the poem by Robert Burns (Sweet Afton, 1791).

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Emily A. Saaen Melbourne, Australia

Born into a musical family in 1979, 7 years of classical Russian music school (theory, solfeggio, choir, piano, musical literature and history, composition). Self-education, 15+ years of international recording, live, producing and teaching experience. Moved to Melbourne in 2012. Worked on countless projects — metal, electronic, medieval, music for films and apps, musical theater. ... more

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