Ain’t no ash will burn

A gorgeous traditional tune that Matt Skaggs made me aware of some time back. It’s become a definite favorite; here’s my brief interp.

I have seen snow that fell in May
And I have seen rain on cloudless days
Some things are always bound to change
There ain’t no ash will burn

Love is a precious thing I’m told
It burns just like West Virginia coal
But when the fire dies down it’s cold
There ain’t no ash will burn

You say this life is not your lot
Well I can’t be something that I’m not
We can’t stoke a fire that we ain’t got
There ain’t no ash will burn

In every life there comes a time
Where there are no more tears to cry
We must leave something dear behind
There ain’t no ash will burn

There is one lesson I have learned
There ain’t no ash will burn

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