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Lyr ADD: Normandy Orchards (Keith Marsden)

13 Aug 97 - 06:08 AM (#10313)
Subject: Lyric request-Training to die
From: John Pomeroy

I heard this song once only. It appears to be about soldiers in training before being sent to Normandy in the second World War. Part of the chorus goes something like "They say you can still hear the village hall dance band" -------- "The orchards of Normandy were waiting" --- "The mad dance of war". That is is all I can remember and probably with errors. It was a very moving song . Can any one help?


03 Sep 97 - 04:20 PM (#11750)
Subject: RE: Lyric request-Training to die
From: John Pomeroy

Looks like I,m out of luck with this one. I heard it sung in the Middle Bar of the Anchor Inn at the Sidmouth Folk Festival this year. If anyone was there ---


09 Jun 02 - 04:30 PM (#726697)
Subject: Normandy Orchards
From: Liz the Squeak

Can anyone help me with the words to this one please?

Thanks - and yes, I've done searches....

LTS


09 Jun 02 - 04:38 PM (#726701)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Normandy Orchards
From: Sorcha

Here Liz......CLICK ME, BABY!


09 Jun 02 - 04:45 PM (#726705)
Subject: Lyr Add: NORMANDY ORCHARDS (Keith Marsden)
From: Jeri

NORMANDY ORCHARDS
Keith Marsden

They're building a camp on the cornfields at Allingham,
Bulldozers churning and changing the land.
Long barbed-wire fences and acres of tarmac,
Nissen huts ranged where the crops used to stand.
Wide-eyed young village girls, giggling and staring at,
Tanks and transporters that darken the sky.
There's convoys of lorries with fresh faces peering out,
So many young men come learning to die.

CHORUS:
They say you can still hear the village hall band,
Grey, ghostly couples still glide round the floor.
But Normandy orchards were waiting to welcome,
New partners for death in the mad dance of war.

Mother has started a Comforts Committee,
But Reverend John's more concerned about sin.
Hughes at the White Swan is rubbing his hands a lot,
Watching the troops and the profits roll in.
Eager young squaddies with overdone courtesy,
Tipping their caps to the girls going by.
But too soon from school to be licentious soldiery,
So many young men come learning to die.

CHORUS

And mother would have a blue fit if she knew about,
Lieutenant Johnson and walks in the wood.
She's laid down the law and she's always gone on about,
Men being beasts so a girl must be good.
But even she'd laugh at our clumsy propriety,
Me far too fearful and him far too shy.
She might even pity his lonely bewilderment,
One of the young men come learning to die.

Chorus

And peace came to Allingham many long years ago,
Time, passing by, healed the scars on the land.
Tanks on the village green just a fond memory now,
Corn grows again where the huts used to stand.
Yet when I walk in the woods on a summer's night,
At the trees' edge when the wind starts to sigh.
I still hear their voices all rising in harmony,
Lost, wasted young men, come learning to die.

Chorus


From Picking Sooty Blackberries, The Songs of Keith Marsden.


09 Jun 02 - 05:15 PM (#726716)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Normandy Orchards
From: GUEST,An Pluiméir Ceolmhar

Very moving.

I was surprised that the D-Day anniversary came and went without any comment on Mudcat, and that there doesn't seem to have been any BS about "Band of Brothers" which I thought was the most honest portrayal of war I've ever seen. Among other things, it laid the myth that WW II was a perfectly "clean" war fought in accordance with the Queensberry rules.


09 Jun 02 - 05:21 PM (#726718)
Subject: Tune Add: NORMANDY ORCHARDS
From: Jeri

Might as well do the tune too. I sing this one. I got chills just typing the words in. I was typing while Sorcha was blue clickying. It does appear Tom Lewis's version is a slight bit different, even without my typos, which are about to magically disappear.

MIDI file: NORMNDY.MID

Timebase: 120

Name: Normandy Orchards
Text: Keith Marsden
TimeSig: 3/4 24 8
Key: G
Tempo: 100 (600000 microsec/crotchet)
Start
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End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the latest version of MIDItext and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

X:1
T:Normandy Orchards
M:3/4
Q:1/4=100
K:G
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A2E3G|F4D2|G2G3G|GF3G2|A2B2c2|B3AG2|E2DD3|
E2D3D|E2G3F|E4D2|B3AB2|D2G3A|Bc3d2|A6|F4FF|
FG3A2|G2G3A|B4D2|G2G3G|G2A2B2|E2A2B2|c2B2A2|
D2G2F2|E4A3/2G/2|F2B3A|G4||


09 Jun 02 - 05:28 PM (#726721)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Normandy Orchards
From: Liz the Squeak

There was a programme about how something like 21 amphibious craft out of 23 were lost because they came across the bay at the wrong angle, got stuck in the current and were swamped.

I didn't post, because all too often, Guests get offensive and the 'stop glamorising death' people get upset. Doesn't mean I didn't remember them.

LTS


09 Jun 02 - 05:28 PM (#726722)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Normandy Orchards
From: Herga Kitty

Cockersdale sang this in my lunchtime singaround last Sunday at Chippenham, before going on to perform "Picking Sooty Blackberries". They also sang "Cholera in the Camp". From what I remember reading,in many campaigns sickness and disease claimed more victims than the actual fighting.

Kitty


09 Jun 02 - 05:37 PM (#726729)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Normandy Orchards
From: Liz the Squeak

Most of the Middle Eastern casualties in WWI were death of disease. It was the killing fields of Europe that had the most killed in action or died of wounds. WWII wasn't much better, but the 'mincing machine' was a lot more thorough, and there were more death from wounds. In WWII a soldier would be kept at the front with a wound that in WWI would have been a 'Blighty One'.

LTS


09 Jun 02 - 05:44 PM (#726730)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Normandy Orchards
From: Dave the Gnome

Arrgghhh - super stuff indeed! Yet no response to my tune request for the Red poppies at Monte Cassino??? Is it because stuff near old England is more important than other ones? Surely not!

Sorry - No hijack intended Liz, just trying my bestest to get a tune:-)

Cheers

DtG


09 Jun 02 - 05:55 PM (#726737)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Normandy Orchards
From: Liz the Squeak

No matter to me, I got what I wanted... could it just be that no-one has seen the request because it's a new one on me.....?

LTS


09 Jun 02 - 06:24 PM (#726752)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Normandy Orchards
From: Jeri

Dave, considering the lyrics were provided by two Americans, the nearness to old England probably doesn't figure. With me, it was more the nearness of the book with the lyrics and tune and the fact I knew the song.


09 Jun 02 - 06:59 PM (#726774)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Normandy Orchards
From: breezy

I'm surprised you dont have a copy of 'Picking Sooty Blackberries' the book with all of Keith's songs ,plus , it should be in everyones collection available from Fellside and very reasonably priced, worth giving as a present.Why not? or the cassette


09 Jun 02 - 07:03 PM (#726775)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Normandy Orchards
From: Sorcha

Dave, I looked for your tune....didn't find it. Sorry.


24 Dec 06 - 11:01 PM (#1918506)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Normandy Orchards
From: Jim Dixon

NORMANDY ORCHARDS by Keith Marsden, in The Digital Tradition Database.


25 Dec 06 - 05:51 AM (#1918576)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Normandy Orchards
From: Carol

Buy the book Picking Sooty Blackberries with all of Keith Marsden's
songs - it's worth the money


25 Dec 06 - 07:23 AM (#1918612)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Normandy Orchards
From: r.padgett

A very moving song by Keith. Also the pit disaster Morley Main "And they say it wasnt such a big disaster" I used to have to go out of the room when this was sung!

A genius of a social commentator in song it is usual to have at least abrace of his songs in UK singarounds at festivals etc

Cockersdale still feature many of his songs

Ray


25 Dec 06 - 07:43 AM (#1918619)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Normandy Orchards
From: MoorleyMan

It is indeed one of the most moving songs and certainly one of Keith's best.

In the spirit that it not be misrepresented, then, I'll proffer some corrections to the DigiTrad text where it differs from that published in Picking Sooty Blackberries (and yes, the book's still available!):-
The name of the village is Allingham NOT Arlingham (first and last verses).
In the first verse, Nissen huts are RANGED, not raised.
In verse 3, it's HIM far too shy, not he.

Those are from memory. I'll doublecheck the text and post again if I find any others.

Merry Christmas!
MM


31 May 21 - 08:17 PM (#4108376)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Normandy Orchards (Keith Marsden)
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey

I am at a loss as how to prevent these seemingly fruitless requests.

The simplest way for anyone to obtain information on any of Keith tremendous collection of terrific songs is either through Fellside or more recently from Graham Pirt's website.


31 May 21 - 08:26 PM (#4108380)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Normandy Orchards (Keith Marsden)
From: Joe Offer

It's OK, Malcolm. The last post on this thread was in 2006. This request was answered in 2002, and I just posted a quick reminder to myself today during the Mudcat Singaround to combine and clean up the threads to avoid confusion. If there are any corrections to the posted lyrics, please post them here, but I think the lyrics we have posted are correct.
The Keith Marsden songbook is called Picking Sooty Blackberries This thread has instructions on how to order the songbook from Graham Pirt.


31 May 21 - 09:31 PM (#4108382)
Subject: RE: Lyr ADD: Normandy Orchards (Keith Marsden)
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey

Cheers Joe
I have responded to your private mailing.
Just for the record I did the foreword for Picking Sooty Blackberries.