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Lyr Req/Add: Susquehanna (Martyn Wyndham-Read)

14 Nov 04 - 12:13 PM (#1326470)
Subject: Lyr Req: Martin Wyndham Reads Susquehana
From: GUEST

Anyone help please, can't get last verse particularly!


14 Nov 04 - 04:33 PM (#1326682)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martin Wyndham Reads Susquehana
From: Strollin' Johnny

Is this 'Down By The Susquehanna And Along The Delaware'?


15 Nov 04 - 04:30 AM (#1327087)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martin Wyndham Reads Susquehana
From: YorkshireYankee

If all else fails, you could check out Martyn's website. It doesn't have the words, but it does have his contact details...


15 Nov 04 - 06:27 AM (#1327147)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martin Wyndham Reads Susquehana
From: GUEST,badgeruk

Yes it is. I cant get the rest of this line 'for I have grieved too long and too deep the .....? is in the air etc'


15 Nov 04 - 08:35 AM (#1327246)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martin Wyndham Reads Susquehana
From: GUEST

For I have greived too long, too deep, the lotus in the air.
Crystal clear diction. New CD player or new ears needed.


15 Nov 04 - 09:09 AM (#1327276)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martin Wyndham Reads Susquehana
From: GUEST

Thanks for the lyrics - cd player is fine, guess it's new 'lugs'!


16 Nov 04 - 03:30 AM (#1328268)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martin Wyndham Reads Susquehana
From: Joe Offer

Can you post what lyrics you have, so the rest of us can see it? It would be interesting to read Martin's take on the U.S.
-Joe Offer-


16 Nov 04 - 08:14 AM (#1328423)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martin Wyndham Reads Susquehana
From: Strollin' Johnny

Weren't the words a poem written by Wordsworth or Rudyard Kipling or some such? I'm sure Dave Fletcher's said that. Can't remember which poet exactly, but the guy wrote it on his travels, when he'd been going through a bout of depression and found himself at the junction of those two rivers. He was so gobsmacked by the sight, he immediately put pen to paper. The tune was added by Martyn, I believe?

Someone will tell me if I've got meself arse-about-face.


16 Nov 04 - 08:31 AM (#1328441)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martin Wyndham Reads Susquehana
From: GUEST,[different one]

Have a feeling youre on righ lines there, Strollin', but 99% sure it wasnt Kipling.


16 Nov 04 - 08:40 AM (#1328457)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martin Wyndham Reads Susquehana
From: Strollin' Johnny

I know. I just shot a coupla names in there in the forlorn hope it would jog my aged and feeble memory. Brilliant song though (quoth he, visibly brightening up!)
S:0)


16 Nov 04 - 09:05 AM (#1328481)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martin Wyndham Reads Susquehana
From: GUEST,same one as 'different one'....*G*

Yeah, gorgeous.....as is 'Green & Gold', another fave....even though in UK too, dont really feel like I can 'relate' (as such) to either, if that makes sense.....


16 Nov 04 - 01:38 PM (#1328836)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martin Wyndham Reads Susquehana
From: GUEST

Words selected by Martyn from Robert Louis Stevenson's writings on his travels in the USA. Tune by Martyn. It's all in the CD booklet!


17 Nov 04 - 10:50 AM (#1329977)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martin Wyndham Reads Susquehana
From: Anglo

Which CD might that be then? Some of us haven't learned his complete discography yet.


17 Nov 04 - 08:04 PM (#1330555)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martin Wyndham Reads Susquehana
From: Banjo-Flower

Bill Whaley &Dave Fletcher's C D "Less Sprightly"
Buy it ASAP a great C D from two of Lincolnshires finest

Gerry


19 Nov 04 - 09:29 AM (#1332278)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martin Wyndham Reads Susquehana
From: Jim Dixon

Are you sure it isn't "For I have breathed too long, too deep, the lotus in the air"? That would make a bit more sense.


19 Nov 04 - 11:36 AM (#1332438)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martin Wyndham Reads Susquehana
From: GUEST

Why?


19 Nov 04 - 06:20 PM (#1332870)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martin Wyndham Reads Susquehana
From: Jim Dixon

Well, because the lotus is an aromatic flower, so when he says, "the lotus in the air" I assume he means "the scent of lotus in the air." That's something you really can inhale, or breathe. Also, in Greek legend, the lotus was supposed to "make strangers who ate of it forget their native country, or lose all desire to return to it." That would fit with the theme of traveling.

On the other hand, I can't imagine how you would grieve a lotus, or why the lotus would be in the air if he wasn't talking about scent.

I suppose it would be more clear if we had all the lyrics.


19 Nov 04 - 06:35 PM (#1332888)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martin Wyndham Reads Susquehana
From: Jim Dixon

By the way, Martyn Wyndham-Read sings SUSQUEHANNA on his album "Sunlit Plains," Fellside, FECD102, 1995.


20 Nov 04 - 02:51 PM (#1333816)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martyn Wyndham-Read's 'Susquehanna'
From: GUEST

Jim- All will be revealed on Tuesday


20 Nov 04 - 03:56 PM (#1333855)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martyn Wyndham-Read's 'Susquehanna'
From: Strollin' Johnny

Jim, that was 'lotos', not 'lotus'. Not the same thing (or so I was informed by my English Master when we were studying the poem 'The Lotos-Eaters).


20 Nov 04 - 08:55 PM (#1334101)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martyn Wyndham-Read's 'Susquehanna'
From: Jim Dixon

Strollin' Johnny: If it's a mistake, then it's a common mistake, and perhaps Martyn Wyndham-Read confused them, too.


22 Nov 04 - 02:20 PM (#1335495)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martyn Wyndham-Read's 'Susquehanna'
From: GUEST

From the horses mouth- (Lotus breather, 2,30, Kempton Park)- It's breathed.


29 Nov 04 - 09:55 AM (#1342022)
Subject: Lyr Add: Susquehanna
From: GUEST,badger

I asked for help in finding some of the lyrics for this and one of the people who helped asked would I post them when I got them all so .... here they are!!Gorgeous song.


Susquehanna

Of late as I did travel my heart filled with despair
I came upon a wondrous sight that drove away my care
Where glittering waters glide and magic filled the air
Down by the Susquehanna and the longer Delaware

Of where and how I do not know and why I do not care
From now until forever more my soul shall wander there
By flood and field and sunlit hill by wood and meadow fair
Down by the Susquehanna and the longer Delaware

I think and hope and dream no more the dreams of other where
Of things that were and might have been this man has ceased to care
For I have grieved too long and too deep the lotus in the air
Down by the Susquehanna and the longer Delaware

Of late as I did travel my heart filled with despair
I came upon a wondrous sight that drove away my care
Where glittering waters glide and magic filled the air
Down by the Susquehanna and the longer Delaware
Yes down by the Susquehanna and the longer Delaware