English ale

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A song for the tankard wearers at festivals. This song was recorded by Bill Whaley and Dave Fletcher on their CD ‘Less Sprightly’. I regard this as a classic cover version that goes straight into the top three cover versions of my songs over the years. As the sleeve notes say – “the song has aroused a lot of audience interest”. So should this CD of fine songs beautifully sung by two of the best voices in folk music.

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When the summer sun is shining
England's finest hour is seen
When the ripening wheat is waving
Yellow in its frame of green
When the birdsongs welcome evening
When the sky is turning pale
Fill your glass and toast our glory
With a taste of English ale

English ale, oh English ale
How we love our English ale
Fill your glass and toast our glory
With a taste of English ale

When the autumn leaves are golden
When the evening air is chill
When the swallows leave us for
A place where there is summer still
Just remember they're returning
Like the tides they never fail
Fill your glass and toast their glory
With a taste of English ale

When the winter brings the snowstorm
When Jack Frost is lord of all
When the winds howl at your window
And the nights too quickly fall
There's a log fire warmly burning
On the hill or in the dale
Fill your glass and toast their glory
With a taste of English ale

When the spring begins to quicken
When new scents are on the air
When the sleepers stir and waken
When the land again is fair
Then the old men talk of childhood
Old men tell such wondrous tales
Fill their glass and toast their glory
With a taste of English ale

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from The Gift, released January 1, 2001

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