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Eddi Reader’s Take On Baïlèro

December 30, 2016

Chants d’Auvergne (Songs of the Auvergne) is a collection of folk songs from the Auvergne region of France arranged for soprano voice and orchestra or piano by Joseph Canteloube between 1923 and 1930. The songs are in the local language, Occitan. The best known of the songs is the “Baïlèro”, which has been frequently recorded and performed in slight variations of Canteloube’s arrangement, such as for choir or instrumental instead of the original soprano solo. Baïlèro is commonly referred to as The Shepherd’s Song.

Eddi Reader is a singer/songwriter from Scotland. I featured her version of Auld Lang Syne on New Year’s Eve last year. In December of 2006 Reader released the record Peacetime. On it is her take on Baïlèro. In the record’s liner notes Reader says she learned this song as a child and rewrote the lyrics for a Christmas concert where the band of the Coldstream Guards were available to accompany her.

The Shepherd’s Song

snow, a blanket of snow has fallen
and I’m calling for my little lost ones
only in my arms you’ll stay
far from harm’s way

hold each other tight you’ll be alright
I was once a lost one
out abandoned in the snow
but now I know

near, I will appear beside you
when you’re falling, oh my little lost one
and in my loving arms you’ll stay
far from harm’s way

and in my loving arms you’ll stay
far from harm’s way

Whether it’s one of the many takes on the operatic original version, or Reader’s lovely take on The Shepherd’s Song, it’s a song you should have in your Christmas playlist.

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