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Folklore: Blackberry Winter

GUEST,DannyC 15 May 06 - 03:28 PM
kytrad (Jean Ritchie) 15 May 06 - 04:56 PM
DannyC 15 May 06 - 07:52 PM
GUEST,Mary in Kentucky 15 May 06 - 09:25 PM
GUEST,DannyC 16 May 06 - 03:59 PM
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Subject: Folklore: Blackberry Winter
From: GUEST,DannyC
Date: 15 May 06 - 03:28 PM

The temps in the Kentucky hills today are likely to fall short of 50 degrees F (hovering near 10 Celsius) - so much for the Merry Month of May.

A few moments ago a fella remarked to me - "It's a blackberry winter." When I looked quzzical he motioned to the dull skies stating, "Look at it - and the blackberry blossoms are in full bloom."

That's a new'un for me, and I was delighted to hear it. Anybody aware of a ballad containing this ripe little phrase?

Cheers,

Danny


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Blackberry Winter
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 15 May 06 - 04:56 PM

No- but my Kentucky Mom used to recite the springtime "Winters" for me, something like: "Well, in March comes Sarvis Winter; April has Dogwood Winter; in May there's Blackberry Winter.....and.....then there's That-Little-Cold-Spell-in-June."    Jean R.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Blackberry Winter
From: DannyC
Date: 15 May 06 - 07:52 PM

Thank you for that Jean. I'm a tad slow on the uptake, but I get it now. The chill coaxes the white blooms (of each in turn) to fall like a false snow.   Lovely - just lovely... and an honor for me to hear it from you.

I will take the liberty here to pass on warm regards to you from Beverly Buchanan - you might remember her from her Berea days as Beverly McLain.

All the Best, Danny C.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Blackberry Winter
From: GUEST,Mary in Kentucky
Date: 15 May 06 - 09:25 PM

I remember a song from my youth -

Go away, go away blackberry winter,
So my true love can come home.

Anyone else heard it? I can still hear the tune (I'm not at the piano now) so from my head: CCC GGG FFG EDC, DDG FFD C

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I had to go to the piano. It's a Dorian tune! D minor chord going to C major. DDD AAA EEF EDC, EEF EED C roughly ;-)


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Blackberry Winter
From: GUEST,DannyC
Date: 16 May 06 - 03:59 PM

Thank you Mary...   hopefully I'll get to hear it sometime?

Cheers,   Danny


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Blackberry Winter
From: Goose Gander
Date: 16 May 06 - 04:17 PM

Well, it's been a somewhat chilly May (for California anyway), and the blackberries are indeed blooming in my backyard.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Blackberry Winter
From: Ebbie
Date: 16 May 06 - 04:46 PM

It's been mighty chilly in southeast Alaska too. Every time it rained- which until three days ago when it turned sunny was every day- there was fresh snow on the mountains 'round about and as recently as last week some on the early morning ground.

My grandmother told us that in 1937, I think, they had the "year of no summer" in Oregon. At least once in every month that year there was a freeze. That may also have been the year that the mighty Columbia froze over; cars drove from one shore to the other. I've seen pictures of it.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Blackberry Winter
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Jun 11 - 10:05 AM

I had this on a 78 record -B side- sometime in the early to mid fifties.

As I remember it it went:

Go Away Go Away Blackberry Winter
Let my lost lover come home.

In April he came to my valley,
We lapsed in the sunshine
And kissed 'neath the moon,
I thought he would ask me to marry,
When blackberries ripened in june.

Go away etc.

But then he cast eyes at another,
With lips like the tips of the red Judus tree,
(sorry can't remember this bit)
..... She took my lost lover from me.

Go away etc.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Blackberry Winter
From: GUEST,davemc
Date: 20 Jun 11 - 11:02 AM

There's a beautiful Alec Wilder song called "Blackberry Winter", too. Lovely version by jazz singer Marlene VerPlanck.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Blackberry Winter
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Jun 11 - 09:32 PM

Sorrt folks, I missed part of the corus:

Go away go away blackbery winter,
Let the sunshine, let the spring come,
Go away, go away, back to the mountains,
Let my lost lover come home.


It's a beautiful song. I never understood the Blackbery winter part though. Perhaps that is why I remembered it. Thanks for filling me in on the meaning. Here, blackberry's ripen in September, so I was perplexed as a child by this song.

Soes anyone know what that missing bit in the second verse. I've been racking my brain for hours, but just can't remember!


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Blackberry Winter
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Jun 11 - 06:05 PM

Go away go away blackbery winter,
Let the sunshine, let the spring come,
Go away, go away, back to the mountains,
Let my lost lover come home.

In April he came to my valley,
We lapsed in the sunshine
And kissed 'neath the moon,
I thought he would ask me to marry,
When blackberries ripened in june.

Go away etc.

But then he cast eyes at another,
With lips like the tips of the red Judus tree,
A chill settled over my valley
She stole my beloved from me.

Go away etc.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Blackberry Winter
From: GUEST,Another Guest
Date: 15 May 12 - 02:43 AM

I think we "laughed in the sunshine" before his love lapsed.
Otherwise I agree with the first verse and the chorus.

But then he cast eyes on another
With lips like the tips of the red Judas tree.
A spell settled over the valley
She took my beloved from me.

Chorus

Oh when it grows warm in the Summer
Still I will tremble while we are apart.
If she comes back to my valley
Let her remember he's mine


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Blackberry Winter
From: GUEST
Date: 15 May 12 - 03:03 PM

It's also the title of Margaret Mead's autobiography of her "earlier years".


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Blackberry Winter
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Jul 13 - 03:27 PM

Have been searching for the last verse to this. My Mum had the record and I often sing it.
As I remember it it is 'laughed 'neath the sunshine'. And'a spell settled over the valley'.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Blackberry Winter
From: bradfordian
Date: 13 Jul 13 - 08:15 PM

"Carl Stutz-Edith Lindeman composition, Blackberry Winter," originally recorded by the late "Sunshine Sue" Workman of WRVA radio's "Old Dominion Barn Dance"
Flipside of Mitch Miller's "Yellow Rose of Texas"


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Blackberry Winter
From: Bettynh
Date: 14 Jul 13 - 11:15 AM

Blackberry Winter on youtube


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Blackberry Winter
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 07:01 PM

Go away go away blackberry Winter,
Let the sunshine, let the Spring come.
Go away, go away, back to the mountain,
Let my lost lover come home.

In April he came to my valley,
We laughed in the sunshine,
And kissed neath the moon.
I thought he would ask me to marry,
When blackberries ripened in June.

But then he cast eyes on another,
With lips like the tips of the red Judas tree.
A spell settled over the valley,
She took my beloved from me.

Go away go away blackberry Winter,
Let the sunshine, let the Spring come.
Go away, go away, back to the mountain,
Let my lost lover come home.

Oh when it grows warm in the valley,
Still I will tremble while we are apart.
Blackberry snow on the hillside,
Is bleak like the ice in my heart.

Berries turn black in the Summer,
Black as his dark eyes,
That sparkle and shine.
If he comes back to my valley,
Let her remember he's mine.

Go away go away blackberry Winter,
Let the sunshine, let the Spring come,
Go away, go away, back to the mountain,
Let my lost lover come home.

Other than some punctuation and possible typos the above are the lyrics to Blackberry Winter Columbia records B side of the yellow rose of Texas.


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