The Briar and the Rose

lyrics & music: Tom Waits
vocals: Niamh Parsons and Fran McPhail



I fell asleep down by a stream
And there I had the strangest dream.
And down by Brennan's Glen there grows
A briar and a rose

There's a tree in the forest
And I don't know where
I built a nest out of you hair
And climbing up into the air
The briar and the rose

Well I don't know how long it's been
But I was born in Brennan's Glen
And near the end of spring there grows
A briar and a rose

I picked the rose one early morn
I pricked my finger on a thorn
It had grown so close its winding wove
The briar 'round the rose

I tried to tear them both apart
I felt a bullet through my heart
And all dressed up in Spring's new clothes
The briar and the rose

And when I'm buried and in my grave
tell me so I may know
Your tears may fall to make love grow
The briar and the rose

And when I'm buried and in my grave
Tell me so I may know
Your tears may fall to make love grow
The briar and the rose