Thanks @Macaodha - much appreciated.
2nd verse Ah, many a tender love-word That dear old linden bore, And still in joy or sorrow It woos me as of yore.3rd This night, when all is silent, I pass that Linden by, Where often in my childhood I have closed my weary eye.4th Hark! how its boughs are calling, As they tremble to my breast, Come here to me, old comrade, Come here and find thy rest. 5th The biting winds they buffet And strike me on the face; They bare my head- I heed not, But ever onward pace. Hope you enjoy this. Try ABE BOOKS YOU MIGHT GET IT AT A GOOD PRICE.(excuse capitals)
If you cant find the poem I will forward the rest of the verses.
Thanks. Yes, I'd like to read this translation. I have seen the book online but it is rather expensive.
Came across this beautiful poem today called the Linden Tree in a book of German poetry and song translated to English. It was written by Wilhelm Muller. 1st verse, Hard by yon bubbling fountain there stands a Linden Tree, And often 'neath its shadow sweet dreams have come to me. Last verse, Far, far now have I wander'd from yonder linden tree ; But still I hear it calling come back and rest with me. Thought you might like this, it has six verses. The book is Songs and Lyrics by Heinrich Heine and other German poets. Published 1887.
Hi @MacAodha - this is no coincidence! My song cycle is based on Schubert's "Winterreise" which in turn used Muller's poems for his lyrics. I heard Winterreise for the first time last year (not the sort of music I normally listen too) and read a fascinating book by the singer Ian Bostridge called "Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession". This inspired me to write most of the songs last October and I have just released "The Winterland" this week. You can find it on Bandcamp if you are interested.
I will look up the book you mentioned - thanks, I am still obsessed by it all.
Hauntingly beautiful .... thanks.
Thanks @Strumelia and @Cynthia-Wigington .
I have been writing songs for a long long time. However, only the recent ones have been written for dulcimer. If you are keen, you can listen to more here: https://www.reverbnation.com/stevegrayandtheultrarayviolets
and here: https://soundcloud.com/steve-gray-songwriting
The Winterland project, from which The Linden Tree is taken, will be released very soon. I'll post the details with my next audio post.
Quite evocative - I love it. I hope you keep writing songs. I want to hear them all.
Thanks for listening everyone and for your comments. @Bob - your comment is especially interesting in that the last song in the series is about a hurdy-gurdy player and I have a hurdy-gurdy coming in at the end of the song. I'll post this one in a few weeks time.
What a great song! I loved the haunting yet peaceful feel to it. The back-up vocals make a great accompaniment and the drone (almost like a hurdy-gurdy playing in the distance) adds to the wonderful mood. Really lovely to listen to~ thanks!!!
Wow, Redmando. Your song and the accompanying sounds of different kinds all work well together.
PS- I have a mountain dulcimer tuned to all A's on my lap and enjoyed strumming open drones behind you.
I like it!!
Haunting...I like it!