Sometimes you come across something that is just too beautiful not too share.  Written by the late, great Sandy Denny, it tells the story of the last hours of Mary, Queen of Scots, and is one of Fairport Convention’s most entrancing creations.   Denny’s vocals are deeply moving, as always, but pay particular attention to the haunting background vocals as well.


How often she has gazed from castle windows all
And watched the daylight passing within her captive wall
With no one to heed her call
The evening hour is fading within the dwindling sun
And in a lonely moment, those embers will be gone
And the last of all the young birds flown
Her days of precious freedom, forfeited long before
To live such fruitless years behind a guarded door
But those days will last no more
Tomorrow, at this hour, she will be far away
Much farther than these islands, for the lonely Fotheringay

Sandy Denny

5 Responses to “Fotheringay”

  1. February 6, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    This is truly beautiful…

  2. February 6, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    It was hard for me to pay close attention to the background vocals. I would focus on them but after a few seconds would realize I was listening to the guitars and the main vocal again. Maybe after a few more times…

  3. February 7, 2009 at 1:49 am

    That was amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  4. February 9, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Enjoyed this too. At least from an audio perspective. Couldn’t watch the video, it was distracting.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. June 6, 2018 at 10:02 am

    At this time I am going to do my breakfast, later than having my breakfast coming yet again to read additional news.

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