#16 To mark the end.
It’s my last post for The Human Seasons, and what a year it has been. I’ve published some posts under the influence of morphine, some under the influence of singing induced endorphins, and now I can happily say I’m writing under the heady influence of spring.
Thank you for having me, and here’s a gorgeous spring filled song with Sussex connections (collected by Bob Copper from “Jim” Swain in 1954). I learnt it from Shirley Collins’ album ‘Adieu to Old England’. It transpires that I misheard one of the lyrics but I’m keeping it in – it’s the folk process, after all. The Dovetail Trio do a stunning rendition of this song, there’s a link to a video of them performing it on the Mainly Norfolk page for this song (and a comprehensive recording history).
And for the hell of it, here’s a quick recap:
#1 The birth of a new family member
#2 Because it is finally May
#3 Because is night time in the woods, and the owls are out
#4 To ease pain
#5 For unity
#6 To give warnings
#7 Because you’re on a family car journey
#8 To release endorphins
#9 Because the bells are ringing
#10 For heritage
#11 Because the seasons are changing
#12 To rehearse
#13 To embrace failure
#14 To accompany
#15 To learn something