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Lyr Req: Touch Us Gently, Time (Ian Bell)

GUEST,Bob B. 24 Nov 05 - 10:13 AM
Peace 24 Nov 05 - 10:16 AM
Amos 24 Nov 05 - 11:24 AM
The Villan 24 Nov 05 - 02:24 PM
Peace 24 Nov 05 - 02:33 PM
GUEST 24 Nov 05 - 02:38 PM
Amos 24 Nov 05 - 03:34 PM
Peace 24 Nov 05 - 03:40 PM
GUEST,Bob B. 24 Nov 05 - 05:28 PM
Peace 24 Nov 05 - 05:57 PM
GUEST,Bob B. 25 Nov 05 - 11:24 PM
Dave'sWife 25 Nov 05 - 11:32 PM
GUEST,Elizabeth Block 10 Jun 18 - 04:41 PM
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Subject: Touch Me Gently Time
From: GUEST,Bob B.
Date: 24 Nov 05 - 10:13 AM

I'm looking for lyrics for the song Touch Me Gently Time. I think it may have been written by Ian Bell. Can anyone help?

Bob


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Subject: RE: Touch Me Gently Time
From: Peace
Date: 24 Nov 05 - 10:16 AM

Do you have any of the lyrics?


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Subject: RE: Touch Me Gently Time
From: Amos
Date: 24 Nov 05 - 11:24 AM

Do you mean the song by Abba called Andante, Andante?


A


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Subject: RE: Touch Me Gently Time
From: The Villan
Date: 24 Nov 05 - 02:24 PM

This is all I could find. Hope it is of some help

Ian Bell with The Dawnbreakers and other friends. Free Range: Songs From Right Here. FR961. Free Range Recordings, 41 Jane
St., Paris, Ont. N3L 2X8

For most of the CD you'll be up
dancing, but then. for the last cut, you'll be singing along softly,
with a teardrop in the comer of your eye, to a gorgeously
simple rendition of the song that sums up the spirit of Free
Range: "Gently, gently, touch us gently, Time."

The write up was by
Nomi Kaston
Calgary, Albel1a


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Subject: RE: Touch Me Gently Time
From: Peace
Date: 24 Nov 05 - 02:33 PM

A Petition to Time

Barry Cornwall (1787–1874)


TOUCH us gently, Time!
Let us glide adown thy stream
Gently,—as we sometimes glide
Through a quiet dream.
Humble voyagers are We,         5
Husband, wife, and children three—
(One is lost,—an angel, fled
To the azure overhead.)

Touch us gently, Time!
We 've not proud nor soaring wings:         10
Our ambition, our content,
Lies in simple things.
Humble voyagers are We,
O'er Life's dim, unsounded sea,
Seeking only some calm clime;—         15
Touch us gently, gentle Time!


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Subject: RE: Touch Me Gently Time
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Nov 05 - 02:38 PM

That is so old Peace and cliche


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Subject: RE: Touch Me Gently Time
From: Amos
Date: 24 Nov 05 - 03:34 PM

Not cliched at all, sir; its age has given it grace, and to our distant eyes, a new demeanour, imparting some small wisdom, to those who will see it. You are a varlet.

A


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Subject: RE: Touch Me Gently Time
From: Peace
Date: 24 Nov 05 - 03:40 PM

"That is so old Peace and cliche"

It was posted in response to a request for lyrics. YOU, whoever you are, are not the one who decides what is appropriate on a lyrics request thread. Furthermore, your commentary is very inappropriate. Please grow up and save that stuff for the BS section. Also, have the decency to post under your Mudcat name. Thank you so much.


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Subject: RE: Touch Me Gently Time
From: GUEST,Bob B.
Date: 24 Nov 05 - 05:28 PM

Thanks for the quick responses. I am not familiar with A Petition to Time but the song that The Villan wrote about is indeed is the song that I am referring to. Does anyone have all the lyrics?


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Subject: RE: Touch Me Gently Time
From: Peace
Date: 24 Nov 05 - 05:57 PM

Hey, Bob. Do you have any lyrics at all? The title is bringing up lots of what yer NOT lookin' for. Stupid question, I guess, but are you sure of the title?


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Subject: Lyr Add: TOUCH US GENTLY (TIME) (Ian Bell et al.)
From: GUEST,Bob B.
Date: 25 Nov 05 - 11:24 PM

I've now got the words to Touch Us Gently, thanks to Eve Goldberg who found it in a collection of songs that her late mother, my dear friend Sue Goldberg, used to lead. Sue was at the very heart of the folk music community in Toronto until her death this past June.

TOUCH US GENTLY (from the Star of Bethlehem, Dayton, VA, 1882)
Additional verses by Ian Bell and Kate Murphy)

In the spring of early years
Touch us gently, gently time (refrain)
With its budding hopes and fears
Touch us gently time (refrain)

CHORUS: Gently, gently, touch us gently, gently time
Gently, gently, touch us gently time

Let the summer sun and rain
Refrain
Make us grow as grows the grain
Refrain

Chorus

In the autumn's lonely grief
Refrain
Fading light and falling leaves
Refrain

Chorus

As the twilight o'er us creeps
Refrain
We are weary let us sleep
Refrain

Chorus

In the summer's warming light
Refrain
Long the day and short the night
Refrain

Chorus


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Subject: RE: Touch Me Gently Time
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 25 Nov 05 - 11:32 PM

Guest Bob B. - those lyrics sound lovely.

I am not familiar with this song at all. Any chance someone might have a link to a Music seller webiste that might offer a RealPlayer or Windows snippet of the song?

Also Bob B. , it's not uncommon for someone here to post a question and after a little more effort, find the answer for themselves. I've done that. We all benefit from both the questions and the answers no matter who posts them, so don't be shy about asking.

Why not join the Mudcat? Membership free and you'll certainly be a welcome addition to the community. The more the merrier.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Touch Us Gently, Time (Ian Bell)
From: GUEST,Elizabeth Block
Date: 10 Jun 18 - 04:41 PM

I sing this song. I learned it from Ian Bell, who got it from a 19th c. Mennonite hymnal. I sing a different last verse, written by Junetta Chenard, a Quaker from the Niagara region. She didn't like the original, and wrote

Winter's sleep does strength revive
Budding hopes again alive

There's a YouTube video, so you can hear the tune.

I sang this at my 25th college reunion. Five years later, at our 30th, a classmate remembered it and asked to hear it again. I've sung it at every reunion since then.


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