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Summer Snow

by Zettel 

Posted: 11 July 2004
Word Count: 275
Summary: A companion piece to 'Lady in The Rain'

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Like Lady in The Rain, this was inspired by a much admired singer and the idea that 'folk' singers are in a tradition of passing on songs and ideas to a new generation. For anyone into this kind of thing, there are in fact references to 3 (female) singers, largely in the folk idiom, in this piece. I'd reckon 1 is easy to spot, one less so and one quite hard as she is now 62 years old. But everyone knows at least one of her songs. I didn't write the piece as a conundrum but if anyone fancies a crack at it - a bit of fun.

Summer Snow

Born on the plains
By the open restless sea
The summer snow was calling me
The past is a place to visit
But a hopeless place to be

I rode through the lowlands
Into the hills
On past the valleys and streams.
Higher still the clean piney air
Chilled my dreams.
In winter's snow, the sun remains
And high in the mountains
Where the glacial skier rides
I found the solace I required
Summer snow abides

In the circle game
The little wheel spins
While the big wheel turns around
In songs of place and kin
The poet singer enters in
A timeless place she passes through
Where other voices echo too

The future calls her forward
There's so much left to do
Give the past a present voice
But bring its love with you

I return to the plains
By the open restless sea
The summer snow's still calling me
The past is a place to visit
But a hopeless place to be.


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roovacrag at 12:54 on 12 July 2004  Report this post
Zettal,put a chorus to this and you got a great song.
Loved the words.
Well done Alice xx

olebut at 19:51 on 13 July 2004  Report this post
one is I guess Joanie, I am minded to say Anne Murray but also have Julie Felix in mind but presume that verse 3 refers to Patsy Cline

nice song though you should put some msuic to it, actually the chorus is easy repeat the first two lines of the first verse or possibly the whole of the first verse

take care


Zettel at 21:58 on 13 July 2004  Report this post
David - one down Joni Mitchell - Circle Game.

Clues to the other 2

Little Wheel spins while the big wheel turns around (the 62 year old - with 'universal' appeal)


Other voices (tough I guess unless you add 'other rooms' a Truman Capote quote)

Thanks for the comment



olebut at 22:05 on 13 July 2004  Report this post

actually I meant Joan Baez but we always refered to her as Joanie after it was revealed Bob Dylan called her that.

Noodles at 10:13 on 16 July 2004  Report this post
Zettel, I think this is gorgeous. I'm wondering why you didn't put it in the group work. Assuming you want a chorus, why not the first and last verses? Can't guess the references, but Joni's my favourite lyric writer of all. Great stuff.

All the best


Zettel at 12:18 on 17 July 2004  Report this post
Thanks Pete
I trhought I had put it in the group work. I seem to be doing something wrong on uploading.
The other two are Nanci Grifith (Other Voices Other Rooms)and Buffy Sainte Marie (Universal Soldier - Little Wheel Spin and Spin is an old song of hers). (PS BSM has no current contract but a 'come-back' CD 'Coincidence and Likely Stories' (Mid-nineties) is superb and can be picked up in stores for about 8 at the moment).

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