The Kelpie Woman and Me

(Words and music by and © Talis Kimberley, 1993)

Late in Summer when the storms were due
I was out in the garden, thinking of you
The baby, he was happy as a clam
I was singing, I think, you know the way I am

A noise from behind made me turn to see –
And a bold Kelpie woman splashed water over me
Green as glass with an ebony mane;
I knew better than to offer my name

Better watch your step with a Kelpie woman
You can trust the fact that she won’t play fair
It’s the way she is and she can’t help trying
Better watch your step with a Kelpie mare.

She said to me ‘Where do we start?
Is is wishes you want to satisfy your heart?’
I said – ‘Hey, Kelpie lady, you’ve got it wrong,
If you hang around here I’ll put you in a song’

‘But you can’t do that, said the Kelpie all shocked
I’m the fey-at-your-door, the riddle unlocked
You’re supposed to ask for impossible things
Rubies and gold, your weight in diamond rings
(don’t you want your weight in diamond rings?)’

‘Well, I don’t,’ said I with the baby in my arms
‘Singers don’t need your flimsy faerie charms
Shall I sing how you came calling on me?’
‘You know that’s not supposed to happen,’ said she

Better watch your step with a Kelpie woman
You can trust the fact that she won’t play fair
It’s the way she is, and she can’t help trying
Better watch your step with a Kelpie mare

She said to me ‘If you put me in a song,
How will I know you won’t put me in wrong?’
‘Tell you what,’ said I ‘Come and listen when I’m done’
So I sing this song when the Kelpie woman comes

Better watch your step with a Kelpie woman
You can trust the fact that she won’t play fair
It’s the way she is, and she can’t help trying
Better watch your step with a Kelpie mare

Better watch your step with a Kelpie woman
You can trust the fact that she won’t play fair
It’s the way she is, and she can’t help trying
Better watch your step with a Kelpie mare
Better watch your step with a Kelpie mare
Better watch your step with a Kelpie mare…


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