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Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!

GUEST,Sostherope 17 Jan 20 - 10:03 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: GUEST,Sostherope
Date: 17 Jan 20 - 10:03 AM

I’m trying to learn and sing 12 songs a year with / for my kids so we keep the Living Tradition alive here in Rest of Europe (TM).

Give me your favorite month related and/seasonal songs!

Can be old, new, English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Australian, Newfoundlandish, outlandish or odd.

What does folk mean? What’s traditional? Who cares? Not this s*d.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: GUEST,Mark
Date: 17 Jan 20 - 10:13 AM

The obvious starting point is Dave Goulder's "The January Man"

Alternatively, there's this


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: GUEST,Sostherope
Date: 17 Jan 20 - 10:49 AM

I’m already all over the January man like that sticky stuff on your hands after eating danish pastry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Jan 20 - 01:12 PM

The Day the Music Died was February 3, 1959 -`so February might be a good month to learn "American Pie."
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_the_Music_Died

American Pie in the Digital Tradition (click)

Notes (click)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 17 Jan 20 - 03:58 PM

Or 'The Bold Princess Royal' or the various songs that start 'Last valentine's Day.....'.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 17 Jan 20 - 04:17 PM

As I roved out on a bright May morning
April Come she will (Paul Simon)
It was on the 5th of August (Brigg Fair)
Twas in 1849 and on March the second day (Greenland Whale Fisheries).

'Twas an evening in October, I'll confess I wasn't sober, (The Famous Pig Song)
There are more I'm sure.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: gillymor
Date: 17 Jan 20 - 04:31 PM

4th of July by Dave Alvin
21st of May by Nickel Creek
If We Make it Through December by Merle Haggard


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: gillymor
Date: 17 Jan 20 - 04:36 PM

and the Decemberists did a June Hymn and a July Hymn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 17 Jan 20 - 04:40 PM

One pleasant evening in the month of June As I was sitting with my glass and spoon :: Jug of Punch


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: gillymor
Date: 17 Jan 20 - 06:20 PM

September Song, obviously, by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson. (also the name of my favorite autumn wet fly)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: Karen Impola
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 12:45 AM

The Eighth of January

The Month of January (trad Irish, I think?)

Incredible String Band - Cold Days of February

Lou and Peter Berryman - The February March

Lou and Peter Berryman - April May

many songs that start with "One morning in May"

Staines Morris, or various May-day songs, for May

Rosebud in June (Steeleye Span, and probably others)

Robert Burns - Song Composed in August (a/k/a Now Westlin Winds)

trad (Martin Carthy) All of a Row or Reaphook and Sickle for September

Incredible String Band - October Song

Gordon Bok - Turning Toward the Morning ("Now October's growing thin, and November's coming home . . ."

Gordon Lightfoot - Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, for November

Tommy Thompson/Red Clay Ramblers - Hot Buttered Rum, for December

I'm missing July. The only songs I can think of are about Independence Day, which doesn't seem to do the full month justice.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: Murpholly
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 04:17 AM

October Brew


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: leeneia
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 05:27 PM

From Lou and Peter Berryman:

The February March
April May


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: GUEST,Jerry
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 06:44 PM

Shine on Harvest Moon mentions January, February, June and July....though I suppose April Come She Will mentions six months.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 07:49 PM

Rigs o# Rye begins: Twas in the month, of sweet July......

and I vaguely recall Jean Redpath singing a song that either took you through the months or certainly the seasons (naming some months?) but I shall really have to trawl through my inefficient memory and my album (!) collection.....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: Helen
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 09:30 PM

Song to hope for the breaking of the Australian drought: When the Rain Tumbles Down in July by the late, great Slim Dusty,

who also wrote and sang The Pub With No Beer, which has been sadly relevant during the current bushfires in some places in Oz, due to the roads being cut and power being cut, so no beer supplies and no electricity to run the beer pumps. Even sadder, a beer truck crashed and spilled precious beer all over the road.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Jan 20 - 01:44 AM

And if you choose to do days of the week instead of months of the year, you could do:


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 20 Jan 20 - 02:41 PM

I once put together a radio program of 12 songs, the first mentioning January, the second, February, and so on. I'm 10,000 miles away from my script for the program, but a few days from now when I'm back home I may remember to look for it. I think for May I played Streets of Forbes, an Australian bushranger ballad, which has the stanza,

Ben went to Goobang creek, where upon the 5th of May,
The troopers filled him full of lead, as in his sleep he lay,
They wrapped him in a blanket, and they rolled him like a swag,
They lead him through the streets of Forbes,
To show what a prize they had!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 20 Jan 20 - 03:16 PM

One comment on the previous post: instead of
"They wrapped him in a blanket, and they rolled him like a swag"
I prefer
"They wrapped him in a blanket, and tied him to his prad"
which rhymes better.

There are of course plenty of songs about Napoleon that mention the eighteenth of June, at least one with that as its usual title.

Besides Dave Goulder's January Man, another one that goes through the months, but facetiously, is Flanders and Swann's "A song of the weather", though it applies particularly to England.

Also:
7 March Arkle
1 June Sarah Jane
8 June Warlike Seamen
30 Aug Corbett's barquentine
15 Dec Good Ship Bellorophon
any day in Dec Paddy Lay Back


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: Helen
Date: 20 Jan 20 - 03:24 PM

Star of the County Down

Near Banbridge town, in the County Down
One evening last July

Raglan Road

On Grafton Street in November,
We tripped lightly along the ledge


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: Jack Campin
Date: 21 Jan 20 - 12:03 PM

There's going to be a heck of a lot for March.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: gillymor
Date: 21 Jan 20 - 12:14 PM

Leslie's March?

I'll get me...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 21 Jan 20 - 01:23 PM

September last on the 18th day
We landed safe in the big Crimea
In spite of all the foaming spray
To cheer our hearts for Alma

....

Let Britain's sons long remember
The glorious 20th of September
We caused the Russian to surrender
All on the Heights of Alma


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: GUEST,Jerry
Date: 24 Jan 20 - 04:07 AM

May You Never.....sorry.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Jan 20 - 09:26 AM

These are all the songs I can find whose lyrics have been posted in the forum that have the name of a month in the title, grouped by month. It's interesting how some months are far more popular than others as subjects of songs.

I have tried to include only one link for each song, even though some songs have been posted many times in the forum. It's possible that some duplicates exist if a song goes by more than one title.

THE EIGHTH OF JANUARY
THE JANUARY JUNE (parody of Goulder's JANUARY MAN) (Les Barker)
THE JANUARY MAN (Dave Goulder)
THE JANUARY TRIP (Max Boyce)
THE MONTH OF JANUARY

COLD DAYS OF FEBRUARY (Robin Williamson)
THE 25TH OF FEBRUARY

MARCH WIND GONNA BLOW MY BLUES ALL AWAY (from the Carter Family)

A ROSE IN APRIL (Kate Rusby)
ALL IN THE APRIL EVENING
APRIL (Ted Robinson)
[ONE] APRIL MORNING
APRIL SHOWERS (DeSilva/Silvers)
APRIL SHOWERS (Lafort)
APRIL SONG

AMHRÁN NA CRAOIBHE (An Ulster May Day song)
AS WELCOME AS THE FLOWERS IN MAY (Harry Clifton)
BALLAD OF THE MAYTIME (Agatha Christie)
CHESHIRE MAY SONG
CHESHIRE MAYDAY CAROL
DRAWING NEAR TO THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY
FIRST OF MAY (Bee Gees)
FIRST OF MAY (Wolfe Tones)
JOAN TO THE MAYPOLE
LAST DAYS OF MAY (from Blue Oyster Cult)
MAY DAY GARLAND (from Oxford Book of Carols)
MAY DAY MORNING EARLY (from Bodleian)
MAY MORNING (from Waterson:Carthy)
MAY MORNING DEW (from Peta Webb)
MAY SONG (Dave Webber)
MAYDAY (Casey Neill)
MERRY MONTH OF MAY (ca. 1860)
NEW MAY SONG
NOW IS THE MONTH OF MAYING
NUTS IN MAY
OLD MAY SONG
ONE MAY MORNING EARLY (Copper Family)
ONE MORNING IN MAY (American)
ONE MORNING IN MAY (Irish)
PADSTOW MAY DAY MORNING SONG
PADSTOW MAY SONG
PERNAMBUCO IN MAY (T. G. Roberts)
QUEEN OF THE MAY (Larry McLaughlin)
SMILING MAY
SWEET AS THE FLOWERS IN MAY TIME (Carter family)
SWINTON MAY SONG
THE FOURTH DAY OF MAY (Thom Bishop)
THE HORSES OF MAY DAY (Harry Basnett)
THE LAST DAY OF MAY (Michael Troy)
THE MAY BLOOMING FIELD
THE MAY-DAY COUNTRY MIRTH (from Bodleian)
THE MAYPOLE (from the Bodleian collection)
THE MONTH OF MAY (Copper Family)
THE MONTH OF MAY (translated from Russian)
THE QUEEN OF MAY (from Bodleian)
THE RURAL DANCE ABOUT THE MAY-POLE
WE'LL HAVE A MAY DAY (Matt McGinn)

4 JUNE 1989 (Mary Chapin Carpenter)
EIGHTEENTH OF JUNE (from Harte & Lunny)
JUNE APPLE
ONE MORNING IN JUNE (from Joe Heaney)
ROSE IN JUNE
SOUTHWESTERN JUNE (Badger Clark)
THE EIGHTEENTH DAY OF JUNE (PLAINS OF WATERLOO)
THE JANUARY JUNE (Les Barker)
THE ROSE IN JUNE (LET IT BE EARLY, LATE OR SOON) (from Cecil Sharp)
THE ROSE IN JUNE (trad. Labrador)
THE WHITE ROSE O' JUNE (Lady Nairne)

BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (Tom Paxton)
FOURTH OF JULY AT THE COUNTRY FAIR (Bill Chitwood & His Georgia Mountaineers)
JULY WAKES
JULY, YOU'RE A WOMAN (John Stewart)
SONG FOR JULY 12TH 1843 (John D. Fraser)
THE CUCKOO and THE FOURTH DAY OF JULY
WHEN THE RAIN TUMBLES DOWN IN JULY (Slim Dusty)

THE GALE OF AUGUST, '27

75 SEPTEMBERS (Cheryl Wheeler)
SEPTEMBER (Helen Hunt Jackson)
SEPTEMBER 11 (Len Wallace)
SEPTEMBER MORNING (Llewellyn M. Toulmin)
SEPTEMBER SONG (Maxwell Anderson & Kurt Weill)
SEPTEMBER WHEN IT COMES (Rosanne Cash)

BALLAD OF OCTOBER 16 (Almanac Singers)
GREY OCTOBER (Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger et al.)
GREY OCTOBER CLOUDS (Tommy Makem)
OCTOBER (from Slumbering)
OCTOBER [BREW] (from Punch, 1877)
OCTOBER SONG (Robin Williamson)
OCTOBER SONG (Steve Freedman & Dave Webber)
OCTOBER WINDS (Bill Staines)
OCTOBER WINDS (Clancy Brothers)
POEM IN OCTOBER (Dylan Thomas)
THE FIFTH DAY OF OCTOBER

MY NOVEMBER GUEST (Robert Frost)
NOVEMBER 22ND 1963 (Tom T Hall)
NOVEMBER RAIN (David Callinan)
NOVEMBER RAIN (Ken Orrick)
THE NOVEMBER WEDDING (Vin Garbutt)
THE TWELFTH DAY OF NOVEMBER LAST (a tribute to Queen Elizabeth I, 1584)
WELCOME COLD NOVEMBER (Pete Coe)

DARK DECEMBER (Graeme Miles)
IF WE MAKE IT THROUGH DECEMBER (Merle Haggard)
ROSES IN DECEMBER (George Jessel et al.)
THE FADED ROSES OF DECEMBER (Utah Phillips)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: GUEST,Jerry
Date: 25 Jan 20 - 04:05 AM

Well done. I suppose you could add Black Day in July (Lightfoot), Rain Until September (Goffin and King), and April Come She Will (Simon), but there are so many it’s almost pointless.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: GUEST,Sostherope
Date: 26 Jan 20 - 05:18 AM

Crikey that were a reet good thread


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One last try! 12 songs for 12 months!
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 26 Jan 20 - 05:44 PM

Here's my playlist from the program I put to air on 4 August 1996, with each song mentioning another month:

The Bold Poachers, Steeleye Span "Concerning of three young men/One night in January"
The L & N Don't Stop Here Any More, Michelle Schocked "And his face as white as February snow"
The Housewife's Lament, Anne Hills & Cindy Mangsen "In March it is mud"
And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda, Eric Bogle "So now every April I sit on me porch"
Mrs. McGrath, Pete Seeger "For a cannonball on the 5th of May"
Kilkelly, Moloney Keane O'Connell "Are going to get married in June"
Star of the County Down, Declan Affley "One morning last July"
Cyprus Brig, Margaret Walters "Twas August 1829, with 31 on board"
Heights of Alma, Liz & John Munro "The glorious 20th of September"
Mary Ellen Carter, Stan Rogers "She went down last October"
The Nightingale, Alan Scott "On the 14th of November last"
Currency Lasses, Gordon McIntyre & Kate Delaney "To sit in the stocks in the month of December"


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