Here’s the famous short epitaph of Yeats in a song version from Whorls
Week 3 of Song Of The day is going to be poetry. We’ll start with this one from my Whorls album. Very autumnal lyrics.This recording incorporates some electric guitar sounds I’ve been developing over the last few years in various gigs with poets and authors.
lyrics by WB Yeats
THE WILD SWANS AT COOLE
The trees are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky;
Upon the brimming water among the stones
Are nine-and-fifty swans.
The nineteenth autumn has come upon me
Since I first made my count;
I saw, before I had well finished,
All suddenly mount
And scatter wheeling in great broken rings
Upon their clamorous wings.
I have looked upon those brilliant creatures,
And now my heart is sore.
All’s changed since I, hearing at twilight,
The first time on this shore,
The bell-beat of their wings above my head,
Trod with a lighter tread.
Unwearied still, lover by lover,
They paddle in the cold
Companionable streams or climb the air;
Their hearts have not grown old;
Passion or conquest, wander where they will,
Attend upon them still.
But now they drift on the still water,
Among what rushes will they build,
By what lake’s edge or pool
Delight men’s eyes when I awake some day
To find they have flown away?
So this second week has been all covers and this is the last of those. The Stone Roses, Waterfall is one of those songs that just trucks along from start to finish with this otherworldy momentum. The riffs are quite special and the bit at the end is great fun.
Here’s the danielearwicker Youtube version which I was delighted with.
This is one of my most popular cover songs on youtube and one of my favourites too. REM’s Nightswimming. It took a while to get an arrangement that worked on guitar but I’m pleased with the outcome. Enjoy!
The classic Smokey Robinson and The Miracles hit is a great song to open up the lungs and sing out loud. Enjoy!