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I Will Not Feature Baby It’s Cold Outside (Even Though It Is)

December 30, 2017

It’s been frigid for several days in Wisconsin and it is forecast to stay that way for some time. Strangely, it happens every year (but really, it’s zero-ish and getting colder). I thought maybe I’d try to find a fine rendition of Baby, It’s Cold Outside, but I just can’t.

Instead, I’ll feature a couple winter themed songs, January Hymn from The Decemberists and Winter Song from the English band, Lindisfarne.

The writers of each song know winter well.

In their review of the album The King Is Dead, UofMusic.com said this of January Hymn, [it is] a wonderfully simple and poignant vignette, [that] mixes wistful winter imagery with the melancholic memory of a lost love and magically captures the loneliness and solitude of a winter day.” The song was written by The Decemberists’ frontman, Colin Meloy.

“What were the words I meant to say
Before you left
When I could see your breath lead
Where you were going to”

If you’re a stranger to the bitterly cold, your breath appears like a smoke bomb when the temps get this low.

Lindisfarne is a British folk band formed in the late 60’s. Their first album, Nicely Out of Tune, featured Winter Song. Alan Hull wrote:

“When Winter’s shadowy fingers
first pursue you down the street
And your boots no longer lie
about the cold around your feet”

As kids we’d run around in winter with tennis shoes on our feet. It did not take long for those shoes to stop lying about the cold around our feet.

Lindisfarne broke up in the 70’s and consequently do not have either a website or a facebook page (not even a fan page).
However, their music is readily available and very good. I’ve been listening to them for decades.
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The Decemberists – January Hymn

Lindisfarne – Winter Song

Elvis Costello – Winter Song

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Lindisfarne – Winter Song

December 29, 2014

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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