East of Zion

East of Zion is an acoustic, family band with deep roots in Ozark Mountain music. Pat Fultz is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitar player while her husband Mac Fultz is the lead guitarist and does vocals as well. Their nephew Nathan Miller plays mandolin and sings and cousin Jerry Hogan is on upright bass. Playing together now for over eight years, East of Zion continues an Ozark music tradition that is almost a century old.

 

Contribution: Mary of the Wild Moor

On a cold winter’s night
As the winds blew across the wild moor
Poor Mary came wandering home with her child
‘Til she came to her own father’s door

“Papa, oh Papa”, she cried
Come down and open the door
Or the child in my arms will perish and die
From the winds that blow across the wild moor

But the old man was deaf to her cries
And not a sound of her voice did he hear
For the watchdog did howl and the village bell tolled
And the winds blew across the wild moor

Oh, how the old man must have felt
When he came to the door the next morn’
And he found Mary dead but the child yet alive
Clutched close to his dead mother’s breast

In anguish, he hung his grey head
And the tears, down his cheeks, they did pour
When he saw how that night, she had perished and died
From the winds that blow across the wild moor.

Now the old man in grief pined away
And the babe to its mother went soon
And no one they say has lived there to this day
And the cottage is left to ruin

Now the villagers point out the place
Where the willow grows over the door
Saying there Mary died once a fair village bride
From the winds that blew across the wild moor
From the winds that blew across the wild moor

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