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Lyr Req: Woodlands of England (Hutchings/Whetstone

GUEST,Rick 06 Jan 01 - 03:16 PM
Jeri 07 Jan 01 - 09:14 AM
Plume 07 Jan 01 - 12:49 PM
GUEST,Quentin 15 Jun 07 - 06:22 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 15 Jun 07 - 07:11 PM
GUEST,Shimrod 16 Jun 07 - 07:00 AM
Zany Mouse 16 Jun 07 - 11:56 AM
GUEST,Firannion 30 Apr 10 - 01:04 PM
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Subject: Woodlands of England
From: GUEST,Rick
Date: 06 Jan 01 - 03:16 PM

Am struggling to pick out some of the words on this Sandy Denny track. Can anybody supply full transcript please. Can't see it in the search engine

Thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Woodlands of England
From: Jeri
Date: 07 Jan 01 - 09:14 AM

Chris Baines wrote it for his TV series "The Wild Side of Town," and the Albion Band with Chris Baines recorded it. Info on a recording here.

I couldn't find the lyrics anywhere on line, though.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WOODLANDS OF ENGLAND (Hutchings,Whetstone
From: Plume
Date: 07 Jan 01 - 12:49 PM

Actually, this is an Ashley Hutchings (lyrics) and Dave Whetstone (music) song that appeared on the 1987 Celtic Music release The Wild Side of Town, CM 042. The vocalist was Cathy LeSurf. I don't know if it's still in print but whether used or new, you should be able to find it through http://www.rockinworld.com/. Lyrics as follows:

There's a song that they're singing, the Woodlands of England.
If you stand very still, you might hear on the breeze.
They sing a lament for the loss of their brethren,
And the words they are singing are these:

In the springtime, we'll bring you the fragrance of blossoms;
In the summer, present you with fruits of all kind.
In the autumn, we'll shower you with gold and with amber.
In the winter, our kindling you'll find.

Some of us are old-timers. We've known many voices,
Heard Rosalind's laughter, Giles Winterbourne's call,
Heard the woodpecker beat a tattoo as the day breaks.
Now he beats the retreat for us all.

There's a song that they're singing, the Woodlands of England.
If you stand very still you might hear on the breeze.
They sing a lament for the loss of their sisters,
And the words they are singing are these:

And soon there'll be nowhere to whisper your secrets,
Nowhere to hide all your anger and pain,
Nowhere for crying and nowhere for dying,
Nowhere for silence to reign.

There's a song that they're singing, the Woodlands of England.
If you stand very still you might hear on the breeze.
But in the sound air gets fainter and fainter.
It is vanishing now with the trees.

It's a lovely song, undoubtedly the standout track on this album. The original LP included a lyric sheet from which this info was gleaned. Cheers.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Woodlands of England
From: GUEST,Quentin
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 06:22 PM

Wow - just found this after weeks of Googling! I've been trying to transcribe Cathy Le'Surf's version from the Albion Band album "Under the Rose" ... and struggling. Thank's so much for the "Roaslind's laughter" line which I couldn't get. However her version has an extra verse between 4 & 5 as you have it. It's something like:

When they're finally cut down, the Woodlands of England,
There'll be nowhere to hide, nowhere to seek,
There'll be nowhere to comfort a hunter in winter,
There'll be nowhere to light up the ???

Any ideas anyone?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Woodlands of England
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 07:11 PM

Judy Dunlop sings this on Sway With Me (Judy Dunlop and Ashley Hutchins) (Dave Whetstone plays on the track too).

The version is the same as posted above, except for:

v3: ...woodpecker strike a tattoo

This verse replaces v5 (And soon...):

When they finally cut down the Woodlands of England,
There'll be nowhere to hide, there'll be nowhere to seek,
There'll be nowhere to carve out a heart or a nation
There'll be nowhere to lie down and sleep

Last verse (probably a mistyping above):
But the sound in the air gets...

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Woodlands of England
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 16 Jun 07 - 07:00 AM

If you want an antidote to the 'doom-and-gloom' of this song try reading Oliver Rackham's latest book 'Woodlands' (Collins, 2006 - vol. 100 in the Collins New Naturalist series). Most ancient woodland enjoys considerable protection these days and, as Rackham says, "the 'locust years' are over" (referring to the 60s and 70s when people like The Forestry Commission even sprayed ancient woodland with Agent Orange so that they could replace the native trees with alien conifers! Now the FC is into restoring ancient woodland).

As with anything connected with the natural environment there's no cause for complacency but Rackham tells a complex and fascinating story - which would be pretty difficult to sum up in a song!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Woodlands of England
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 16 Jun 07 - 11:56 AM

Could this be:

There'll be nowhere to carve out the hearts of a nation?

I think this would make more sense.
Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Woodlands of England
From: GUEST,Firannion
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 01:04 PM

In the Cathy LeSurf version on Albion Band's "Under the Rose," I always heard it as "There's a songbird there singing, the woodlands of England..." - not "There's a song that they're singing..."

The line rendered in this thread as "There'll be nowhere to comfort..." or "carve out..." always sounded to me like "There'll be nowhere to cry out in pain or in anger." That's a little redundant with the "whisper your secrets" verse, but I think it's a point worth emphasizing. When I lived in a big city I thought that some entrepreneur ought to open "screaming parlors" with soundproof booths where you could go to vent on a bad day. People with woodlands nearby don't have that problem ; )

I adore this song - the hairs on the back of my neck stand up every time I hear it. Happy Arbor Day, everybody!


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