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A little piece of Welsh heaven, just outside Abergavenny, where we lived for five very happy years. And a little piece of rural philosophy.


Down beside the growing wheat, on a summer’s morning
Honeysuckle, meadowsweet, on a summer’s day
Down beside the growing corn I met a lover all forlorn
Lamenting that he’d ever been born, on a summer’s day.

I saw his sorrow and saw his pain on a summer’s morning
It brought back memories again on a summer’s day
Here’s heartsease and here’s camomile, and St John’s Wort to help you smile
You’ll feel much better in a while on a summer’s day.

I gave him rosemary and rue on a summer’s morning
Cornflowers and poppies fresh with dew, on a summer’s day
I told him false love is here and gone, like a rising skylark’s hopeful song
But true love lasts the whole year long not a summer’s day.

You might need to wait I told him then, on a summer’s morning
For true love hides like a cautious wren on a summer’s day
But it’s worth the wait and worth the pain, the days of sunshine, snow and rain
True love dies back but flowers again on a summer’s day.

Love isn’t just a hothouse flower, on a summer’s morning
That blooms and fades with in the hour on a summer’s day
True love’s like grass and trees and weeds, strong and healthy, spreading seeds
It’s simple and it’s all you need on a summer’s day.


from Astrolabe, released December 28, 2019
Mike O’Connor: Anglo concertina, fiddle. Barbara Griggs: harp. Helen Vincent-Tibke: harmony vocals.


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Anne Lister Wales, UK

Anne is best known for her song "Icarus", recorded and performed by a number of different singers, including Martin Simpson and Nic Jones. "Astrolabe" is her ninth solo album.

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