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Thread #55546   Message #863861
Posted By: Stewart
10-Jan-03 - 05:14 PM
Thread Name: Lyr ADD: January Man (Dave Goulder)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE JANUARY MAN (Dave Goulder)
Very interesting. I listened to Pint & Dale again and compared it to that in "Henry's Songbook" (posted by Malcomb). There are other differences. Below is Pint & Dale's version with the changed words underlined. In the liner notes, William Pint says he first heard the song sung by Martin Carthy. Is that the version that William sings or has he made his own changes? I want to learn this song, but not sure which version.

by Dave Goulder, as sung by William Pint & Felicia Dale.

The January man he walks abroad in woolen coat and boots of leather
The February man still shakes the snow from off his hair and blows his hands
The man of March he sees the spring and wonders what the year will bring
And hopes for better weather

Through April rain the man goes down to watch the birds come in to share the summer
The man of May stands very still watching the children dance away the day
In June the man inside the man is young and wants to lend a hand
And grins at each new color

And in July the man in cotton shirt he sits and thinks on being idle
The August man in thousands takes the road to watch the sea and find the sun
September man is standing near to saddle up another year
And autumn is his bridle

And the man of new October takes the rain and early frost is on his shoulder
The poor November man sees fire and rain and snow and mist and wintery gales
December man looks through the snow to let eleven brothers know
They're all a little older

And the January man comes round again in woollen coat and boots of leather
To take another turn and walk along the icy road he knows so well
The January man is here for starting off each and every year
Along the road forever

Cheers, S. in Seattle