Lay Of The Sunflower (Forest Of Fennario)

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Warren Haynes

First played by Phil Lesh and Friends on 31 December 2000. Originally listed as "Forest of Fennario" but in fact a setting by Warren Haynes of Robert Hunter's "Lay Of The Sunflower"

I must leave you for a season
Go out logging that hardwood timber
Hardwood timber that grows so low
In the forest of Fennario

Tell me what you need to live, love
Do you ask that you might own
Take my blue-eyed hound to guard you (note 1)
I will make my way alone

I will not return in winter
If I be not back by fall
Seek me when this small sunflower
Grows above the garden wall (note 2)

Chorus (note 3)
Fare you well and I would not weep
Bid you tend your prayers to keep
Hill by dale now must I go
To the forest of Fennario

Nine-month blew with sleeted rain
And still he came not back again
Summoned she the hound to go
To seek him in Fennario

He came back the fated day (note 4)
To find his lady gone away
Made haste to follow in her track
Where she could go but not turn back

At her side the blue-eyed hound did bay
While fast her breath did fade away
She cried out: Turn, my love, and go
I would not have you see me so

[chorus]

I shall not turn, I shall not yield
Oh, selfsame serpent sting my heel
That bleeds my lady's blood away
Beside the blue-eyed hound to lay

Angels sing their souls to sleep
Four winds grace their breath to keep
Up above yon garden wall
Stands the sunflower, straight and tall

[chorus]
[chorus]
Hill by dale now must I go
To the forest of Fennario
Notes
(1) Robert Hunter's original has "Keep my hound ..."
(2) Robert Hunter had "Stands above ..."
(3) Robert Hunter had this as just one of the verses rather than as a chorus
(4) Warren Haynes seems to forget the words or garble them, and seems to repeat "To seek him in Fennario" four times

Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     2002 The Deep End Vol 2 Government Mule (with Phil Lesh)
     2003 The Deepest End: Live In Concert Government Mule