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Sweet England


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mrattue

 Genre: Acoustic

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I came back from the sea yesterday to a beautiful late winter's day, heralding the spring, and this song seeks to convey the strangely uplifting and calming effect of the English countryside on a weary and rather distressed spirit.

'Colley-birds' is an old name for blackbirds. The 'forest rose' is the primrose, and the 'brimstone' is the pale yellow butterfly that one sees among the trees before any other, having overwintered, which is a rare trick for such creatures as a rule. The wind in beech trees sounds very much like a sea strand. The time of year is a little early for many of these references, but it feels very close, and the joy of such things was with me in the countryside today.

The melody is traditional, but the lyrics (apart from the first two lines) are my own.

Hope you enjoy it

Cheers now

Marc
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Lyrics
Sweet England



As I was a-walking,
One morning in spring,
To hear the larks whistle,
And the colley-birds sing,
I stopped in the sparkle,
Of sun after rain,
And i thanked God i’m back in
Sweet England again!

Oh, the tree knows the season,
And wakening grows,
As the brimstone that wintered
Sees the fair forest rose,
It’s like a sweet music,
The gentle spring rain,
And i thank God i’m back in,
Sweet England again!

Where the hillside is merry,
With orchid and thyme,
And the valley with mallow,
And willow-herb fine,
I hear the sea singing,
In the beech’s refrain,
And i thank God i’m back,
In sweet England, again!

Oh, the world is so wide,
And so distant and blue,
And full of high mountains,
And deserts, it’s true,
But slowly this land,
With its gentle refrain,
Will make a heart thankful,
To be here again.
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Uploaded: Mar 08, 2012 - 04:44:53 PM
Last Updated: Mar 08, 2012 - 04:44:53 PM Last Played: Jan 17, 2017 - 11:46:03 AM
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Comments
Jarvoid said 1963 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
Heartfelt and makes you realise
that it is not at all "broken Britain" but that we do have some things to enjoy.....saw my first new born lambs the other day running round like little lunatics ....no broken at all really just spoiled a little hear and there....very nice indeedy....Down load.....Cheers

Jarvo
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mrattue said 1963 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
Hi Jarvo
Thanks for the comment. Glad you liked it and you are very welcome to the download. It is difficult to believe that all is falling apart when you see such an old song in good voice. My father (now deceased) thought that the countryside has actually never looked better.

Glad the song conveyed this feeling.

Cheers now

marc
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Philip18 said 1963 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
Sweet England
Nice guitars, good strings, pleasant melody and warm vocal. An enjoyable song, Marc!
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mrattue said 1963 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
Thank you!
Glad it went down all right with you!

Thanks for the encouraging comment.

marc
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Symphony101 said 1963 days ago (March 9th, 2012)
What a beautiful song
I love everything about it. The violin and the orchestral instruments is a very nice touch. Really sweet song !
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mrattue said 1962 days ago (March 10th, 2012)
Thank You!
i did have fun with this one using the great sounds in Garageband, including the Ben Boldt instruments. Glad it came through all right.

Cheers now

marc
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DWL said 1962 days ago (March 10th, 2012)
Nice touches
the accompaniment is perfectly judged.

It's almost misplaced in time and has echoes of a previous era.

Very well done Marc.

Cheers

Dick
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mrattue said 1962 days ago (March 10th, 2012)
Hi Dick
Thanks for giving this one a go. Glad you enjoyed it. i'm especially happy that you think the accompaniment is all right.

Great encouragement; thank you.

Marc
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richard13 said 1962 days ago (March 10th, 2012)
Beautiful
Sweet English folk song. I wish I was back in England now that spring is here again. BTW, things are somewhat 'broken' all over the place and as long as we can appreciate simple things like the glories of nature we won't despair. At least not TOO much.
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mrattue said 1962 days ago (March 10th, 2012)
Cheers!
Thanks for listening!

It is really strange how a landscape can calm and encourage the spirit, isn't it? I suppose relatively speaking we are seeing something that reckons a human life as less than candle flame, a mayfly interval, and stirs our sense of the eternal.

Glad that this was somewhat brought out in the song

Cheers now

Marc
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dave_b said 1961 days ago (March 11th, 2012)
Sweet England
Strong traditional song. Natural imagery in the lyric goes well with the nicely picked guitar and well-placed strings.
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mrattue said 1957 days ago (March 15th, 2012)
Thanks!
Great to have your encouragement!

Thanks for stopping by and i am really glad you liked it.

Marc
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Daugrin said 1960 days ago (March 12th, 2012)
Marc, thanks...
Your solidly in the tradition, in a way that demonstrates a great love and
sensitivity for the idiom. Thanks for sharing your tunes with us here.

Daug
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mrattue said 1957 days ago (March 15th, 2012)
Hi Daug!
i am so glad that you felt the affection i have for the countryside coming through this song.

You are very welcome to whatever you find worthwhile in my modest efforts and it is a privilege to be here with such generous, knowledgable people.

Cheers now

Marc


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Narad said 1960 days ago (March 12th, 2012)
Sweet England
Hi Marc, this is a wonderful poetic song ! Thanks for sharing this little sweet gem ! :)
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mrattue said 1957 days ago (March 15th, 2012)
Hi Harald!
Great to hear from you!

Glad that this one didn't let the side down!

Cheers now

Marc
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hackneybloke said 1959 days ago (March 13th, 2012)
sweet england
hey marc. i like this a lot. you've got a really catchy hook with the sweet england line to hold everything together and your arrangement is delicately balanced. the sustain at 1.39 is delicious. the gentle orchestration behind everything is the perfect accompaniment. love this.....going to listen again. the lyrics are excellent...they sound like they're straight out of the oxford song book....do you know that one? your vocal is very dry....i'd have softened it with some reverb. on my third listen. your vocal comes in very quickly....a few bars of that sweet instrumental would introduce it nicely. also.....did you think of harmonies? i think a harmony line would really work here. where's the photo from?
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mrattue said 1957 days ago (March 15th, 2012)
Valid
comments and advice here, and great encouragement, too.

i think i agree about the intro, and i could have a look at harmonies, too.

Cheers now

marc
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PeterB7858 said 1959 days ago (March 13th, 2012)
Evocative homage
Hi Marc. Great to hear a new post from you. Hope you have been travelling OK? A gentle, evocative homage to England is probably just what the doctor ordered (for all of you)... Really like the subtle arrangement and the understated vocals. Ever tried singing harmony with yourself? Might be interesting. Much enjoyed. Take care, Peter.
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mrattue said 1957 days ago (March 15th, 2012)
Hi Peter
Glad you could make it. Hope you are well, friend.

Nice that this one hit the spot after a rather long lay off. i will look at the harmonies idea. i have often used them on previous songs and generally like them a lot.

The sea voyages have been fun!

Cheers now

marc
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neilh79 said 1959 days ago (March 13th, 2012)
Sweet England
Welcome home!! Nice tune delivered in your usual intimate style, well done!
mrattue said 1957 days ago (March 15th, 2012)
Hey, Neil!
You are a welcome sight, too!

Glad you liked this one, mate.

Marc
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Mojekay said 1954 days ago (March 18th, 2012)
Sweet England

To paraphrase Robert Browning "Oh, to be in England now that March is there". Congratulations on these lovely lyrics and beautiful arrangement.

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mrattue said 1953 days ago (March 19th, 2012)
Thank you!
The English Countryside is really the star, isn't it? I've read that when emigrants are asked what they miss about England after they've emigrated, they nearly always say not much, except the countryside.

Glad you enjoyed it

Marc
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christopherpsly said 1953 days ago (March 18th, 2012)
Hi Marc
I love this tune. Takes me back to my own childhood. Your words are quite lovely my friend.
I am such a patriot and coming home is the best.
Thanks for the listen and the download too!
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mrattue said 1953 days ago (March 19th, 2012)
Hi Christopher!
Glad you liked this one! You should write a symphony over afternoon tea about England one of these days!

Cheers now, and thanks for listening,

Marc
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Dragonas said 1797 days ago (August 21st, 2012)
I got a lump in my throat...
listening to this.
I think it was simple melody, beautiful imagery, and the clear honest voice.
I don't want to over-think it, just gonna enjoy it. :D
Well done my friend.
Cheers, (from the other side of the pond)
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mrattue said 1790 days ago (August 29th, 2012)
Hey
Glad that you liked it.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Very encouraging

Marc
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Name: Marc Rattue
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