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Fortified Wine

from Slow Burn by Mamie Minch

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I wrote this song about falling in love with someone who was drinking too much. Some things we confront in our life haven’t changed throughout the centuries, it seemed a problem that a woman in the 19th, or hell, 15th century might share with me. I tried to write a song that sounded and felt like it time traveled.


I have lost my one true lover
I’m afraid it’s for all time
He prefers a silent mistress
In his fortified wine
In his fortified wine

Once I had diamonds for my teardrops
Once I had rubies for my breast
But he did freely spend my treasure
On that lady he loves best
On that lady he loves best

The blackest crow that ever floated
He would surely turn to white
If ever I’d forget my lover
Bright day would turn to night
Bright day would turn to night

I’ve had my fill, but still I’m empty
Next to him, I cannot lay my head
So I’ll leave him sleep, Oh let him diem there
In his own drunken bed
In his own drunken bed


from Slow Burn, released August 18, 2020
words/music: Mamie Minch
guitar/vocals: Mamie Minch
percussion/backup vocals: Dean Sharenow
slide guitar: Erik Della Penna


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MAMIE MINCH is a longtime staple of New York’s acoustic blues scene. Listening to her sing and play is like unpacking a time capsule of American music that’s been stored in her 1930’s National steel guitar for decades and filtered through a modern femme sensitivity. ... more

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