A List of Reasons to Sing …

#11 Because the seasons are changing 

This one came to me as I was walking the dog amongst the leaves. It’s a bit higgidly piggidly from sources, and I go wrong, but perhaps that shows a sense of the folk process.

The tune is from The Copper Family of Rottingdean, they sing ‘lad’ rather than ‘lass’ and a few less verses.

The lyrics are the ones collected in Sussex from three separate sources, I’m popping them all below.

Having a tough time today feeling rooted in my community and landscape, but at odds with the ruling classes, and the idea that these autumnal pleasures belong more to me than to anyone else. Does folk music contribute to nationalism? I hope not. I hope it’s about intention. I hope it merely serves to remind us that we do indeed have ‘far more in common with each other than that which divides us’ (Jo Cox, Maiden Speech)

Shoreham, Sussex http://www.vwml.org/record/RoudFS/S141364

Heyshott, Sussex http://www.vwml.org/record/RoudFS/S299994

Cuckfield, Sussex http://www.vwml.org/record/LEB/2/77/8

The Coppers https://mainlynorfolk.info/folk/songs/briskandbonnylad.html



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