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Lyr Req: Springtime of Life (Ola Belle Reed)

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sforsmo@primenet.com 12 May 97 - 08:37 PM
Bill (ssssbill@aol.com) 16 Jun 97 - 01:08 AM
GUEST,sforsmo 21 Apr 10 - 12:21 AM
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GUEST,Jim Merry 15 Feb 13 - 12:16 PM
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Subject: springtime of life
From: sforsmo@primenet.com
Date: 12 May 97 - 08:37 PM

Looking for song I believe Ola Belle Reed wrote called "The Springtime of Life". Starts, "We fell in love/ on a green grassy hillside/ in the springtime of life/ and he said to me/ flowers are blooming/the birds are singing/ the world and its' riches lay there at our feet.......


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SPRINGTIME OF LIFE (Reed & Reed)
From: Bill (ssssbill@aol.com)
Date: 16 Jun 97 - 01:08 AM

Howdy Sforsmo,

You had probably given up hope of getting a response to this one. It took me a while to transcribe the words from the recent Ann & Phil Case CD of the same name, and I didn't think to ask them for a copy when we had them here for a festival. Their information says that it was written by Olla Belle and her son David.

Hope you're still around to enjoy this.

THE SPRINGTIME OF LIFE Ola Belle & David Reed

We fell in love on a green, grassy hillside.
In the springtime of life did we chance to meet.
Flowers are bloomin', and the birds are singin',
The world and its riches lay bare at our feet.

So sacred and tender was young love a-bloomin',
Once in a lifetime it happens that way.
We made our plans -- on the day we would marry,
We'd keep it a secret till our wedding day.

Now both of us knew our love was forbidden.
Not good enough were the words they did say.
I wanted to marry that boy from the mountains.
Happily we planned for our wedding day.

Now springtime has passed, and summer then followed,
Cold winter wind brought fleecy, white snow.
No longer we sailed on the green, grassy hillside.
The love we had shared was lost evermore.

'Fore I moved away, not knowing the reason,
I waited so long for him to come,
But he did not come then there was a message,
And he met another and left me alone.

Now young love in springtime on a green, grassy hillside
Could not endure the heat and the cold.
It was so strong while we were together.
Separated it was lost like a rich man and his gold.
Separated it was lost like a rich man and his gold.

Allinkausay,
Bill


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Springtime of Life (Ola Belle Reed)
From: GUEST,sforsmo
Date: 21 Apr 10 - 12:21 AM

Wow, I just saw your reply to an e-mail from me in 97! You transcribed the lyrics to Springtime of life for me. Thank you very much. I used to sing this song eons ago and couldn't remember all the lyrics. I don't know if you're still around, but thank you so much!

Sharon


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Springtime of Life (Ola Belle Reed)
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jun 11 - 12:28 AM

Thank you. Finally found this. The only posting of these lyrics on the worldwide web.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Springtime of Life (Ola Belle Reed)
From: GUEST,Jim Merry
Date: 15 Feb 13 - 12:16 PM

Here are chords with rhythm/timing based on Hugh and Zane Campbell's version
which you can see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEUNFL59OdM

Note that the first measure in the 2nd and 4th lines have 4 beats, not 3

1    .    .                     D . .          3 . .          4      .    .      C         .       .    D   .    .         7 . .    8 .   .
we fell in                     Lo- o-       o-          ve    on a      Green, gras-sy    Hill--side

1          .       .       .      D . .          3 .   .       4    .    .       C    .          .       D   .    .    7 . .    8 . .
in-the springtime of    Li—          i—          if-fe    did    We chance to    Meet.

1       .    .                  D . .          3    .    .    4    .    .       C    .    .       D   .    .         7 . .    8 . .
Flow-ers are                Blo             oom---min', and the Bi--rds are    Sing---in',

D    .         .      .         2       .    .   C      .    .    D   .    .    5       . .       6   .    .      
the world and its       Rich-es lay Bare at our Feet.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SPRINGTIME OF LIFE (Ola Belle Reed)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Mar 13 - 01:29 PM

I assume these are the original lyrics. There are several small differences and a couple of significant ones. My transcription from Spotify:


THE SPRINGTIME OF LIFE
As sung by Ola Belle Reed on "Ola Belle Reed" (1975)

We fell in love on a green, grassy hillside.
In the springtime of life did we chance to meet.
Flowers are blooming; the birds are singing.
The world and its riches lay there at our feet.

So sacred and tender was young love a-bloomin'.
Once in a lifetime it happens that way.
We made our plans for the day we'd marry.
We'd keep it a secret till our wedding day.

Now, both of us knew our love was forbidden.
"Not good enough" was the words they did say,
But I wanted to marry that boy from the mountain.
Happily we planned for our wedding day.

Now, springtime had passed, then summer, then fall.
Cold winter wind brought fleecy, white snow.
No longer we sat on a green, grassy hillside.
The love we had shared was lost evermore.

For I moved away, not knowing the reason.
I waited so long for him to come.
But he did not come, then there came the message
That he'd wed another and left me alone.

Now young love in springtime on a green, grassy hillside
Could not endure the heat and the cold.
It was so strong while we were together.
Separated, it was lost like a rich man and his gold.
Separated, it was lost like a rich man and his gold.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Springtime of Life (Ola Belle Reed)
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Mar 13 - 03:23 PM

Ola Belle Reed recorded this on the Folkways album MY EPITAPH
Folkways FA 2593.
It is also available on Smithsonian Folkways CD Rising Sun Melodies SFW40202

The notes including lyrics for the MY EPITAPH album (and almost all Folkways albums) are available online - http://media.smithsonianfolkways.org/liner_notes/folkways/FW02493.pdf

Almost all Folkways albums are available from Smithsonian-Folkways
as CD-R copies, with full booklet in pdf format on the disk. They are
also available from other vendors.

Best wishes, Thomas.


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