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Will Fly
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« on: June 07, 2009, 08:45:16 AM »

I first wrote a version of this song over 40 years ago and then let it mature for a bit. I've re-set the words to an old hymn tune called "St. Clement". It was written on a bleak winter day when I was longing for the summer to come. I've changed the words to make it reflect on the ironic fact that, when we long for better times, we're actually wishing our lives away - and time never goes backwards!

For a change, I've included some summer images of the countryside where I live (Sussex, England) - just to show what sort of thing I was dreaming about when I wrote the song originally.

An Old Man Dreaming

Cheers,

Will
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2009, 02:31:11 PM »

Thanks Will, and thanks for the pictures. Looks like there's a good amount of open, pretty country there. Cental Kentucky has simlar
landscape with green rolling hills. I'll have to post some pictures of it and of this area along the Carolina coast sometime.
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2009, 09:08:34 PM »

 +1  excellent song  , encore !

I recall another lad back in those days who was dreamin' of better days-
I've heard he wrote his song on a dreary winter day and during the past year

 he had been arrested for marijuana possession,
      had his tonsils removed,
      and temporarily quit his band.

He FINISHED his song.
I wonder what would have happened if you had finished your song and published it ?

Maybe it would have been on the charts with "Here comes the Sun "  bigrin

You know, Will, for a gentleman from Sussex - where the motto is

                "We wun't be druv",

you seem to be a very, mellow fellow   

Also, since Sussex in sunny southern England by the coast has more sunny days, is warmer and dryer than other parts -
(we get more rain per year here in Tennessee than Sussex)

it seems an unusual source of such summer dreamin'

 Interesting Fact 
The highest monthly total of sunshine on record is 384 hours in Eastbourne and Hastings, Sussex, in July 1911.
(wikipedia)

- Larry
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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2009, 09:15:21 PM »

Boy the internet is a dangerous thing. 
But remember He's just a msiplaced American southerner.
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