Lindisfarne’s ‘Winter Song’ (Leaping Ahead #37)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #37: 160206

[A song for the winter (2)]

Alan Hull penned both the tune and lyrics for this wonderful song which features on Lindisfarne’s subliminal debut album – Nicely Out of Tune – released in November 1970. Sadly, Alun Hull passed away 25 years later in November 1995. But his memory lives on in his lyrics.

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

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