Fairport revisited

If I replay the same old songs, it’s because they can’t be surpassed IMHO. This first song is English, not British, not UK, it’s English … at least the olde England I once knew.

Was there ever a winter so cold and so sad
The river too weary to flood
The storming wind cut through to my skin
But she cut through to my blood

I was looking for trouble to tangle my lines
When trouble came looking for me
I knew I was standing on treacherous ground
But I was sinking too fast to run free

With her scheming, idle ways
She left me poor enough
The storming wind cut through to my skin
But she cuts through to my blood

Instrumental

Now I would not be asking, I would not be seen
Either beggin’ on a mountain or hill
Still I’m petty and I’m blind with my hands tied behind
For I’ve neither the mind nor the will

It’s bitter the need of the poor ditching boy
For he’ll always believe what they say
When they tell him it’s hard to be honest and good
Does he mind when he doesn’t get paid?

With her scheming, idle ways
She left me poor enough
The storming wind cut through to my skin
But she cuts through to me blood

With her scheming, idle ways
She left me poor enough
The storming wind cut through to my skin
But she cuts through to me blood

This is more British Isles:

This is a bit close for comfort:

This is for all of us:

3 comments for “Fairport revisited

  1. woodsy42
    February 27, 2020 at 22:22

    The Poor Ditching Boy is of course a Richard Thompson song, someone I would rate as one of the best songwriters of English songs, certainly up there with Dylan or Leonard Cohen from the North American tradition. As for Fairport they have always been for me a quintessentially English Band. Although their early repertoire took in US singer songwriter material ever since then (and Ashley Hutchings’ delving into Cecil Sharp House archives) their music (and associated bands & artists like The Albion Band, Ralph McTell etc) has generally followed English forms and structures – unlike most so-called folk music that’s rooted in Irish or Scottish or re-imported US traditions. Went to see the current Fairport lineup on tour a couple of weeks ago – just 52 years since I first saw them live!
    Further listening for you might be Ralph McTell’s The Hiring Fair and a bit more Richard Thompson, there is some venom in this: https://youtu.be/tmxW7Eib2FQ
    You could take a look at some Al Stewart too, he has written some great songs.

  2. woodsy42
    February 27, 2020 at 23:17

    You might give this a listen as well: https://youtu.be/9JaNPAjmcJs

  3. February 28, 2020 at 05:49

    All good.

    You’ll notice I avoided the Matty Groves route there, more heavily Richard Thompson. We used to visit places like Masham, Thirsk, even Darlington for folk ‘jamming’ evenings, Ripon, occasionally Pickering. The ale was good too.

    Never visited Cropredy but know of it. Next time, I’ll run some post Denny songs and Richard Thompson.

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