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Lyr Req: Busy Old Fool (Hilary James)

GUEST,Singinghorse 08 Dec 10 - 06:22 PM
MGM·Lion 09 Dec 10 - 12:42 AM
MGM·Lion 09 Dec 10 - 12:42 AM
Joe Offer 09 Dec 10 - 02:55 AM
peregrina 09 Dec 10 - 03:08 AM
peregrina 09 Dec 10 - 03:18 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Busy Old Fool
From: GUEST,Singinghorse
Date: 08 Dec 10 - 06:22 PM

Does anyone have any lyrics for a song called 'Busy Old Fool'?
I think Hilary James wrote it..
Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Busy Old Fool
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 09 Dec 10 - 12:42 AM

Got the title, if so, from one of John Donne's Songs & Sonets[sic] called The Sun's Rising, not difficult of access via google &c, which begins "Busy old fool, unruly sun, Why dost thou thus Through windows and through curtains Call on us?".

Hope this helps ~~

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Busy Old Fool
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 09 Dec 10 - 12:42 AM

Donne's early poems, btw, 1590s-1600s.

~M~


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Subject: ADD: The Sun Rising (Donne) - poem
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 Dec 10 - 02:55 AM

We haven't been assured it IS Donne's poem that was requested - but here it is, anyhow.
-Joe-

THE SUN RISING
(John Donne, 1572-1631)

Busy old fool, unruly Sun,
            Why dost thou thus,
    Through windows, and through curtains, call on us?
    Must to thy motions lovers' seasons run?
            Saucy pedantic wretch, go chide
            Late schoolboys, and sour prentices,
        Go tell court-huntsmen that the king will ride,
        Call country ants to harvest offices,
    Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime,
  Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.

          Thy beams, so reverend and strong
          Why shouldst thou think?
  I could eclipse and cloud them with a wink,
  But that I would not lose her sight so long:
          If her eyes have not blinded thine,
          Look, and tomorrow late, tell me
      Whether both the'Indias of spice and mine
      Be where thou leftst them, or lie here with me.
  Ask for those kings whom thou saw'st yesterday,
  And thou shalt hear: "All here in one bed lay."

          She'is all states, and all princes I,
          Nothing else is.
  Princes do but play us; compar'd to this,
  All honour's mimic, all wealth alchemy.
          Thou, sun, art half as happy'as we,
          In that the world's contracted thus;
      Thine age asks ease, and since thy duties be
      To warm the world, that's done in warming us.
  Shine here to us, and thou art everywhere;
  This bed thy centre is, these walls, thy sphere.


Source: http://oldpoetry.com/opoem/610-John-Donne-The-Sun-Rising


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Busy Old Fool
From: peregrina
Date: 09 Dec 10 - 03:08 AM

Track 2 on Hilary James' CD 'Burning Sun'

--not identical to the poem. Notes say 'inspired by the opening line of a John Donne poem'
and that track is credited to James...the postman and the moon are additions.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Busy Old Fool
From: peregrina
Date: 09 Dec 10 - 03:18 AM

can the thread be changed to Hilary James: 'Busy Old Fool'? Perhaps I can eventually transcribe the words. It starts

'Busy Old fool, unruly Sun, why do you rise so soon,

Busy old fool, the night's not done, so leave me to the moon.

Busy Old fool, why must you wake while all the world lies still..'


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Subject: Lyr Add: BUSY OLD FOOL (Hilary James)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 Dec 10 - 03:39 AM

That's the hint I needed, peregrina. The lyrics are at the website of Hilary James:

BUSY OLD FOOL
(Hilary James)

Busy Old Fool unruly sun
Why do you rise so soon
Busy Old Fool, the night's not done,
So leave me to the moon,
Leave me to the moon.

Busy Old Fool, why must you wake
When all the world lies still
Busy Old Fool, for my love's sake
Don't make me rise so ill,
Don't make me rise so ill.

If you must go wake the birds
Please keep them from their singing
Ask the postman not to call,
Stop those church bells ringing.

Busy Old Fool unruly sun
Why do you rise so soon
Busy Old Fool, the night's not done,
So leave me to the moon
Leave me to the moon.

If you must go wake the birds
Please keep them from their singing
Ask the postman not to call,
Stop those church bells ringing.

Busy Old Fool, the night's not done,
So leave me to the moon
Leave me to the moon.

© Hilary James 1991

This song is on her Burning Sun CD. She even has a Sound Clip for you to listen to.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Busy Old Fool (Hilary James)
From: GUEST,singinghorse
Date: 09 Dec 10 - 04:28 AM

Thank you so much! It's a lovely song.. :-)


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