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Lyr Add: Fisherman's Night Song: 'In the calm hour

01 Apr 04 - 05:21 PM (#1152285)
Subject: Help: 'In The Calm Hour Of Evening'?
From: LucyK

(Hello, I'm new. I hope I've named the thread appropriately!)

Here's a song my mother used to sing me to sleep with. I've never found any reference to it online, or heard it elsewhere. I'd like to find out more about it. If anyone has any information about it or is even familiar with it, I'd be really pleased to know. (Yes, I searched Mudcat and DT on various phrases and found nothing.) The tune makes me think it is a folksong, though of course I can't be sure.

Lyrics:
In the calm hour of evening,
When the sea-gulls fly low
To their rocks on the island,
And they cry as they go;
From each house on the headland
Lights begin to twinkle in the gloom,
And the pale cold world dwindles
To a warm quiet room:

Let us sit by the fire-side
And remember our friends -
For each day ends in darkness
But hope never ends;
When the last catch is hauled in
And the last boat brought to shore
We will all sit together,
Divided no more.


01 Apr 04 - 11:00 PM (#1152488)
Subject: RE: Help: 'In The Calm Hour Of Evening'?
From: masato sakurai

According to The Song Index of the Enoch Pratt Free Library (Garland, 1998), a song entitled "In the Calm Hour of Evening" is contained in Reginald Jacques's The Oxford SAB Song Book V.2 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1951) as "Fisherman's Night Song."

~Masato


12 May 10 - 02:55 PM (#2905455)
Subject: RE: Help: 'In The Calm Hour Of Evening'?
From: GUEST

On old thread! But anyway, we used to sing this at junior school in Norwich in about 1961. I remember it very well as one of my favourite songs, and we were fortunate to be at a school(The George White) where many of the teachers were pianists and there were pianos in many of the form rooms. I'd bet those instruments are not there today, though.


26 May 10 - 04:18 PM (#2914851)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'In the Calm Hour of Evening'?
From: Jim Dixon

WorldCat.org might help you find it in a library near you.

Here's the description:

FISHERMAN'S NIGHT SONG. (Air: MY LOVE'S AN ARBUTUS) Arranged for female voices (S. S. A.). Original poem by L. A. G. Strong. Arr. R[eginald] Jacques ©1954.


24 Sep 10 - 04:33 PM (#2993107)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fisherman's Night Song: 'In the calm hour
From: GUEST

We used to sing this rhyme in nursery almost 40 years ago. Thank you for supplying me with the words, all i remember is the tune and the line 'and the lights begin to twinkle in the gloom'it has brought it all back to me now.........thank you.


01 Mar 11 - 11:50 AM (#3105010)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fisherman's Night Song: 'In the calm hour
From: GUEST,Guest2

Just started doing this song with my singing teacher, was looking it up when I discovered this post, i have with me a copy of the sheet music. It is a very nice melody.


03 Aug 11 - 02:11 PM (#3201086)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fisherman's Night Song: 'In the calm hour
From: GUEST,Rebecca

my mum is singing the piece. I sung in high school!


04 Aug 11 - 01:20 PM (#3201723)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fisherman's Night Song: 'In the calm hour
From: GUEST,leeneia

Here's a video where you can hear the tune and see what an arbutus actually is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdW3yHsevjI


11 Oct 11 - 04:58 PM (#3237395)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fisherman's Night Song: 'In the calm hour
From: GUEST,Janine

I sang this in primary school too - Thames Road in Blackpool circa 1974. I love the lyrics and couldn't remember them all. Now I can teach my own daughter. Our music teacher, Mrs Selby, rest her soul, taught it to us as a folk song.


12 Nov 11 - 08:43 AM (#3255494)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fisherman's Night Song: 'In the calm hour
From: GUEST,Julie

We sang it about 40 years ago in school in Australia as well - I have extremely fond memories of it. I've been looking for the lyrics for ages - thank you so much for posting them!


14 Nov 11 - 03:08 PM (#3256968)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fisherman's Night Song: 'In the calm hour
From: GUEST

Is there a vocal version of this song out there somewhere to listen to? I would lve to hear it!


15 Nov 11 - 06:11 PM (#3257730)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fisherman's Night Song: 'In the calm hour
From: Artful Codger

As was mentioned above, the tune was taken from the song "My Love's an Arbutus" (by Charles Villiers Stanford). leeneia gave a YouTube link to that song above; here it is again, as a clickable link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdW3yHsevjI

Not exactly what you're asking for, but perhaps "close enough for jazz."


23 Aug 12 - 09:33 AM (#3393996)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fisherman's Night Song: 'In the calm hour
From: GUEST

I have fond memories of this song. It was a set piece for our school music competitions. I remember the lyrics to this day. Thanks for immortalizing it here!


26 Feb 13 - 08:31 PM (#3484068)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fisherman's Night Song: 'In the calm hour
From: GUEST,LindaK

I was a member of a choir (King John's School, Thundersley, Essex, UK) and we sang this haunting song for a choir competition, circa 1959. I have never forgotten this song, and I also sang this song to my children when they were babies as a lullaby. I couldn't quite remember all the words and had to 'improvise' a little when I sang it to them. It brings back very happy memories and the song always did invoke beautiful and comforting images in my mind.


16 Jan 14 - 05:44 PM (#3592796)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fisherman's Night Song: 'In the calm hour
From: GUEST,Guest ingaz/singaz

My music teacher used to ask me to sing this song while she played the piano almost 40 years ago. I loved it and still remember it well. Bet she didnt know i'd grow up to be a singer and sing for the late Edwin Starr and the team. Thanx miss!!


17 Jan 14 - 09:27 AM (#3592927)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fisherman's Night Song: 'In the calm hour
From: maeve

Here's a link to some information on the author of the poem:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Strong


24 Jan 14 - 07:14 PM (#3595378)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fisherman's Night Song: 'In the calm hour
From: GUEST,Liz Thompson

We used to sing this song at Church of Schotland junior boarding school in Kenya, I have hummed this lyrics all my life and its great to see other people who know it too.


21 May 16 - 02:45 PM (#3791436)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fisherman's Night Song: 'In the calm hour
From: GUEST

very nostalgic,learned it in primary school 1974,lovely imagery


29 Apr 17 - 09:20 AM (#3852998)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fisherman's Night Song: 'In the calm hour
From: GUEST,Ali

Our junior school choir (St Theresas, St Helens, Merseyside UK) sang this for a competition in Crosby in about 1978/9. Our music teacher was Mrs Dean. Always loved it and the haunting melody and remember it fondly all these years later - incredible how you can remember a tune and lyrics from when you were only 8 years old so vividly.


28 Jun 17 - 03:23 AM (#3863224)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fisherman's Night Song: 'In the calm hour
From: GUEST

Hey Lucky,
i sung this sung this song 28 years ago in a singing competition. i was 10 years old and it was taught to my class by my aunt who was a music teacher in the school i went to and my name sake(Ruth)
Now 38 years later am preparing to sing it in a rotary singing competition. Wish me luck.
Folk songs are outdated in my country.
Good to know someone knows this song in this day and error.
Stay well.
Ruth Mugisha


09 Sep 18 - 03:59 PM (#3949305)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fisherman's Night Song: 'In the calm hour
From: GUEST

I heard this song way back in the 70s. it was sang by my school choir for music festivals.

Liz


08 Jun 19 - 09:04 PM (#3995703)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fisherman's Night Song: 'In the calm hour
From: GUEST

I learned this song in my early school days in Uganda (Africa) I have looked for the lyrics before on vain. Thank you for them.

Daniel