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Lyr Add: Cold Days of February (Robin Williamson)

07 Nov 00 - 07:06 PM (#336273)
Subject: Lyr Add: COLD DAYS OF FEBRUARY (Robin Williamson)
From: Max Tone

Here's a brilliant anti-war/bigotry song from The Incredible String Band, c.1973. I've subsequently seen Robin singing it solo, accompanying himself on harp, but I can't quite work out the chords. It's based on Em/Bm, I think!!
Help!

COLD DAYS OF FEBRUARY
(By Robin Williamson)
As recorded by Robin Williamson on "The Seed-at-Zero" (2000)

As I beside the winter's fire,
Sat writing words strange and steady.
Amongst my own internal choir
Came voices to my mind unready
Of those who died on either side,
In Belfast or the streets of Derry,
Go sighing through the northeast wind,
These cold days of February.

Some clerk with papers and his pen,
Some banker with his poison pity,
Some captain careless of his men,
These fan the flames that maim the city;
And bigots in the name of Christ
By thorny paths obscure and muddy,
May fear to roam through years of cold,
Bewailing how their hands are bloody.

Whether they were from here or there,
Their race or their place I would not be heeding.
The men who caused such bitterness,
If hearts they have, let their hearts be bleeding,
Who neither for age nor the young child
Would turn the shot of the arms they carried.
Go bear the guilt a weary way
For the cold days of February.

Rob


08 Nov 00 - 01:39 AM (#336528)
Subject: Chords Add: COLD FEBRUARY (Robin Williamson)
From: john c

Ahhhh - an Incredible String Band question!!
Cold February is a great song. Just listen to Robins whistle playing on it on the Hard Rope and Silken Twine album. Spine-tingling stuff.
After a quick strum along, here are the chords I came up with. Dont think they are too far out.

GCDD
AmEmCC
GCDD
AmEmCG
BmCDEm
BmEmCAm
GCDD
AmEm(2nd verse G)CG

Hope this is of some use,
John


08 Nov 00 - 05:26 AM (#336592)
Subject: RE: LyrAdd/ChReq:COLD FEBRUARY, Robin Willia
From: The Shambles

Not heard it but he has re recorded this one on his new CD.


08 Nov 00 - 05:29 AM (#336593)
Subject: RE: LyrAdd/ChReq:COLD FEBRUARY, Robin Willia
From: The Shambles

Seed-At-Zero


09 Nov 00 - 03:56 PM (#337313)
Subject: RE: LyrAdd/ChReq:COLD FEBRUARY, Robin Willia
From: Max Tone

Thanks John,
Will check them out on a harp - wish I still had a harmonium!
I learnt it off Hard Rope....... Must track down some more of their stuff, again. I've only got some of Robin's later Demos and cassette releases "The Glen Row Tapes"
Rob


09 Nov 00 - 06:16 PM (#337428)
Subject: RE: LyrAdd/ChReq:COLD FEBRUARY, Robin Willia
From: john c

Cant recommend their music highly enough, Max. Especially the first five records.
All the best,
John


09 Nov 00 - 06:53 PM (#337451)
Subject: RE: LyrAdd/ChReq:COLD FEBRUARY, Robin Willia
From: The Shambles

Incredible Strng Band lyrics More of Robin's words here. http://www.stud.ntnu.no/~bakkevol/isb/index.html


09 Nov 00 - 07:35 PM (#337479)
Subject: RE: LyrAdd/ChReq:COLD FEBRUARY, Robin Willia
From: Max Tone

Thanks, folks
Whoops!,-- I should have said I've got some of Mike's tapes, made at Glen Row in the 80s. I was lucky enough to be given them by Mike, to learn his set, so I could mix his sound.----- Yes, Sir!
Rob


13 Aug 06 - 05:50 AM (#1808620)
Subject: RE: LyrAdd/ChReq:COLD FEBRUARY, Robin Willia
From: GUEST,Laura

Does anyone know what the origins of these lyrics are?
I wonder if it is from a traditional ballad?
Any info much appreciated, as I'd like to sing it at our folk club and it would be nice to have a story to go along with it?

Thanks!


29 Dec 17 - 09:02 AM (#3896283)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cold February (Robin Williamson)
From: GUEST

It is an original song of Robin Williamson.The first time he released it was a live recording on The Incredible String Band album "Hard Rope & Silken Twine".