Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice - On Snow Hill

Today is the Winter Solstice in case you didn't know, and here's a seasonal song to go with it.

Snow Hill is in Greenwich Park. This song was inspired by a talk on Greenwich Park given by Jack Gale for South East London Folklore Society. It was first sung at a SELFS Yule event at the Royal George in Tanners Hill in 2006, and in a few other places since including the Old Kings Head in Borough High Street and most memorably at a Winter Solstice event in Greenwich Park itself.

I have performed the song in various musical incarnations, including my most recent project Half a Person, but originally did so as Neil Transpontine. You can download a demo version of the song here if you wonder how the tune goes.

On Snow Hill

The moon is full, lets bathe in its milky light
Lets make like foxes in the night
I know the ground is hard and its cold outside
But you’re hot enough for both of us, on this winters night

Beneath our feet, long gone lovers lie
The London clay has long since filled their eyes
They long to look up on that patch of sky
That looks down from high, on you and I

Stars are shining above Snow Hill
Reflected like diamonds in the frozen well
Some say the Snow Queen, she waits here still
Waiting until, lovers slide in the snow on Snow Hill

The wind cuts through you like an icy blade
Slicing the last leaves from the trees in the old oak glade
Making a carpet where we can lay till the break of day
It would be rude not to use what the seasons made

Stars are shining above Snow Hill
Reflected like diamonds in the frozen well
Some say the Snow Queen, she waits here still
Waiting until, lovers slide in the snow on Snow Hill

Is anyone interested in getting together in the New Year to sing and play folk/acoustic music with a particular focus on songs linked to South London (covers and new material)? Whether it leads to an ongoing band or not would be open ended, but the aim would be to get at least a few songs together to perform by the time of Brockley Max festival in June 2010. Email if interested, I will post more details shortly.

3 comments:

Moira said...

Sounds like a great idea for B Max 2010. If you're not on the email list, send me a message via the address on the B Max webpage and I'll add you to my email list so that you don't miss out on performing.

Davanna said...

A great song for the winter solstice. From a listener in Florida. Wish I was in London!

Transpontine said...

Thanks Davanna, looking at the cars crashing in the snow outside my front door I wouldn't mind being in Florida.