Grandma and the Wolf

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On my first day at university, many years back, my maternal grandma came with my parents to settle me in. Her whispered words, on leaving, were “Whatever you do, dear, don’t have one with a beard.”

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Never trust a wolf, my godmother said
He’ll blow down your house, he’ll climb into your bed
He’ll eat up your kin, he’ll dress as a sheep
Never trust a wolf, he’ll just cause you to weep.

Why not trust a wolf, my grandmother said
He’ll make you build firmly, he’ll warm you in bed
He’ll never be safe, you might get hurt
Why not trust a wolf – he’ll keep you alert.

Then you came along with your shaggy grey pelt
With your wide toothy smile, which made my heart melt
Your deep amber eyes looked deep in my soul
When I am with you I feel cherished and whole.

Don’t let me down now, because trusting was hard
I’m gambling on you with my last precious card
I know I can’t change you, inside you’re wild
But you’ve captured my heart and my soul is beguiled.

Never trust a wolf, my godmother said,
He’ll blow down your house, he’ll climb into your bed
He’ll eat up your kin, he’ll dress as a sheep
Never trust a wolf, he’ll cause you to weep.

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from Astrolabe, released December 28, 2019

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Anne Lister Wales, UK

Anne is best known for her song "Icarus", recorded and performed by a number of different singers, including Martin Simpson and Nic Jones. "Astrolabe" is her ninth solo album.

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