Autumn Song

Here in North West England we are nearly, but not quite, at the point where there are more leaves on the ground than on the trees. It will only be a matter of days now, as autumn falls away.

Here at the far end of Queens Drive the upper leaves are all down.

Here at the far end of Queens Drive the upper leaves are all down.

On Greenbank Drive the ground is full.

On Greenbank Drive the ground is full.

And in Sefton Park even the lakes are filling with fallen leaves.
And in Sefton Park even the lakes are filling with fallen leaves.

The season is changing.

The season is changing.

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Autumn Song04Autumn Song05Autumn Song06Autumn Song07For so much of my life I have walked through the autumn in Greenbank Park and Sefton Park. Sometime in the late 1970s I even made myself a special cassette compilation to play while doing this. The cassette got its own song in around 1979:

“Autumn Song

You are the dark brown eyes in my year,
Though you don’t last long up here,
And it’s hard to say when you’ve come,
But easy to see when you’ve gone,
For the leaves go with you.

I made a tape for you
And I play it on Saturdays,
It’s got ‘Rhythm of the rain’ and songs for quiet hours.
It’s got ‘Second Avenue’
You might have heard me sing it in the Park.

Oh, listen to the rhythm of the falling rain,
Since we can no longer make it girl,
Listen to the rain.

You are the dark brown eyes in my year,
Though you don’t last long.”

No cassettes anymore, but I still sing those songs from it.

No cassettes anymore, but I still sing those songs from it.

Remembering what was on the cassette. Definitely some Nick Drake, not long dead then. Obviously ‘Rhythm of the rain’ by The Cascades and ‘Second Avenue’ by Tim Moore. ‘Quiet Hours’ from John Martyn, ‘I’m a dreamer’ Sandy Denny. Their songs were all with me in the Park today.

'Perfect Day'? Probably that too.

‘Perfect Day’? Probably that too.

Walking on for a look at autumn ending on Plot 44, Sarah’s allotment.

She's got a fire going, even though it's early afternoon.

She’s got a fire going, even though it’s early afternoon.

Very low angled sunlight now. Winter is a-coming in.

Very low angled sunlight now. Winter is a-coming in.

Last leaves on the dogwood hedge.

Last leaves on the dogwood hedge.

A beautiful day in North West England, singing my Autumn Song from 1979:

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