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The Courtly Seam

by Miguel Girão

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Come all you lads of high renown that will hear of a fair young maiden And she roved out on a summer's day for to view the soldier's parading They march so bold and they look so gay The colours fine and the bands did play And it caused young Mary for to say "I'll wed you me gallant soldier" She viewed the soldiers on parade and as they stood at their leisure And Mary to herself did say: "At last I find my treasure But oh how cruel my parents must be To banish my true love away from me Well I'll leave them all and I'll go with thee Me bold undaunted soldier" "Oh Mary dear, your parents' love I pray don't be unruly For when you're in a foreign land, believe you rue it surely Perhaps in battle I might fall From a shot from an angry cannonball And you're so far from your daddy's hall Be advised by a gallant soldier." "Oh I have fifty guineas in bright gold, likewise a hearth that's burning And I'd leave them all and I'd go with you me bold undaunted soldier So don't say no but let me go And I will face the daring foe And we'll march together to and fro And I'll wed you, my gallant soldier" And when he saw her loyalty and Mary so true-hearted He said: "Me darling, married we'll be and nothing but death will part us So when we're in a foreign land I'll guide you, darling, with my right hand In hopes that God might stand a friend To Mary and her gallant soldier"


“The Courtly Seam” is Miguel Girão’s first completely solo studio record. Like many other artists, Miguel was driven towards more solo work by the Covid-19 pandemic. For him, this resulted in periods of introspection, artistic and personal development, and a desire to delve into what has come before. Miguel immersed himself in the past to better understand it and then project that realization into the wonders and perplexities of modern existence.

“For me, “The Courtly Seam” represents a point of confluence, a point in which the past meets the present and projects itself into the future. It’s the result of months of research, arranging, artistic and self-deliberation and the refinement of my understanding of my own craft, during a time in which the creative and cultural sector faces one of the most colossal challenges it ever came up against. With that in mind, I like to think that this record is extremely reflective of the musician and person I became over the course of the last year. It gives me a felling of fulfilment the fact that I took the time to find the right tunes and arranged them in way that convey to me my respect and interest in the past, and likewise, my desire of projecting that past into the wonders and adversities of the world we live in.”


released March 25, 2022

All tracks arranged and performed by Miguel Girão
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Marco Silva at Altântico Blue Studios, Lisbon, Portugal.
Artwork & Design by Mariana do Vale


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