The Dawning Of The Day

Artist
James Bell
Released
2013
Genre
Traditional
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“And the larks, they sang melodious…”

History

The first verse (which is also the last) is well known from a song ‘Pleasant & Delightful’, often sung at folk sessions. Many years ago I had an idea for writing a new song based on it, just taking the first verse. Because that made it essentially a different song, I gave it a different title (although it is sometimes known and ‘Dawning Of The Day’). And a bit of context: when sung in folk sessions there’s always someone who sings ‘And the larks they played melodeons…’ (the melodeon being a button accordion frequently used in Morris bands).

Lyrics

It was pleasant and delightful
On a bright summer’s morn
When the fields and the meadows
They were covered with corn
And the blackbirds and thrushes
On every green spray
And the larks they sang melodious
At the dawning of the day
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And the larks, they sang melodious…
At the dawning of the day.

And we’d burned through every morning
And we sighed through each night
And we’d sang of larks’ melodeons
And laughed till we cried
And I begged let me go with her
If she would not stay (she said)
“It was love and now it’s over,
And there’s nothing more to say.”
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It was love and now it’s over…
And there’s nothing more to say.

Oh the night it went on forever
As we argued and cried
As we laughed and held each other,
As I tried and I tried
But the night slipped away from me,
I could not keep hold
For she’s leaving for another life
On the other side of the world
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For she’s leaving for another life…
On the other side of the world.

Oh it rained like the sky was angry
As I made my way home
And it seemed I was being beaten
By waves and by foam
And I fell into thick rain clouds
Of black and of grey
And I felt like I was drowning
As the rain it died away
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And it felt like I was drowning…
As the rain it died away.

And then it was pleasant and delightful
On a bright summer’s morn
When the fields and the meadows
Were covered with corn
And the blackbirds and thrushes
On every green spray
And the larks they sang melodious
At the dawning of the day
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And the larks, they sang melodious…
At the dawning of the day.

Credits & Copyright

Traditional, adapted and recorded by James Bell in 2012/3. Released in November 2013. Remastered in December 2017. (P) House of Lyra.