Lindisfarne – Winter Song

Lindisfarne is a British folk band formed in the late 60’s. Their first album, Nicely Out of Tune, featured a song titled “Winter Song.” While it is not officially a Christmas tune, it does mention the holiday and there is actually a facebook page designed to influence people to make it an “official Christmas tune.” (As if there is some council deciding such matters.)

Winter Song is a beautiful song and I’ll feature it tonight.

Winter Song – Lindisfarne

When Winter’s shadowy fingers first pursue you down the street
And your boots no longer lie about the cold around your feet
Do you spare a thought for summer whose passage is complete
Whose memories lie in ruins and whose ruins lie in heat
When winter….. comes howling in.

When the wind is singing strangely, blowing music thru your head
and your rain splattered windows make you decide to stay in bed
Do you spare a thought for the homeless tramp who wishes he was dead
Or do you pull the bedclothes higher, dream of summertime instead?
When winter….. comes howling in.

The creeping cold has fingers, that caress without permission
And mystic crystal snowdrops only aggravate the condition
Do you spare a thought for the gypsy with no secure position
Who’s turned and spurned by village and town, at the magistrate’s decision?
When winter….. comes howling in.

When the turkey’s in the oven, and the Christmas presents are bought
And Santa’s in his module, he’s an American astronaut
Do you spare a thought for Jesus, who had nothing but his thoughts,
Who got busted just for talking, and befriending the wrong sorts?
When winter….. comes howling in.
When winter….. comes howling in.

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