Summer is A-Coming In (Wishful thinking, perhaps?)

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As I was sitting here drinking my coffee from my LVW coffee mug (Do YOU have an LVW coffee mug?) and preparing to upload this little pagan song that we’re working on I was reminded of a story.  Unfortunately, I can’t for the life of me remember what it was now, so without further ado, here is Summer is A-Coming In.  This is, by the way, the earliest known counterpoint song, stemming from around the year 1240.

You’ll notice this is no longer in old English but a singing translation of my own based on some translations I found on the web.  I hope you’ll find it a bit easier to sing, if not quite as interesting historically.

Full melody

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Descant

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4 Responses to Summer is A-Coming In (Wishful thinking, perhaps?)

  1. Sally Pettet says:

    Thank you Paul&Carol,
    This is much easier to sing!…I can sing this without a problem.
    Sallyx

  2. lewesclassical says:

    That’s great, Sally! Really pleased.

  3. miki says:

    I agree with Sally – these lyrics are easier to sing even though I love the old english.
    I also like the Ezra Pound parody found on Wiki but I don’t think we could sing goddamn so many times in such close proximity to the church!

  4. lewesclassical says:

    I like the Ezra Pound, too. For some reason Carol didn’t think it was funny. No accounting for taste, I suppose. Glad you’re finding this easier to sing, though.

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