Winter Song

Rain and wind, and wind and rain.Will the Summer come again?Rain on houses, on the street,Wetting all the people’s feet,Though they run with might and main.Rain and wind, and wind and rain. Snow and sleet, and sleet and snow.Will the Winter never go?What do beggar children doWith no fire to cuddle to,Perhaps with nowhere warmContinue reading “Winter Song”

Winter (Zemestan)

Your greetings they’ll ignore.With their heads resting on their chests,They seek warmth from their breasts,None affords to lift a head to greet the guests. Vision is limited,The road’s dark and slick.Your extended friendly hand is refused,Not because they are confused;They rather keep their hands where they are warmed.It is frightfully cold. Do not be alarmed.Continue reading “Winter (Zemestan)”

January Hymn

On a winter’s Sunday I goTo clear away the snowAnd green the ground below April all an ocean awayIs this a better way to spend the day?Keeping the winter at bay What were the words I meant to sayBefore you leftWhen I could see your breath leadWhere you were going to Maybe I should justContinue reading “January Hymn”

Christmas Waltz

Originally released as the B-side to the famous White Christmas, this fabulous Christmas tune was written on a hot, dry California summer day, at the request of Frank Sinatra. Merry ChristmasMerry ChristmasMay your New Year dreams come true Frosted window panesCandles gleaming insidePainted candy canes on the treeSanta’s on his wayHe’s filled his sleigh withContinue reading “Christmas Waltz”

Those Winter Sundays

Sundays too my father got up early and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold, then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him. I’d wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking. When the rooms were warm, he’d call, and slowly IContinue reading “Those Winter Sundays”

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year.Continue reading “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”

Snow Day

Growing up in the countryside of south-western Ontario, we definitely knew what winter was all about. We were bussed to school and the drivers were fearless. Some could navigate the unplowed roads and through near blow outs as they had driven the roads every day for years. I can recall one day having a neighbourContinue reading “Snow Day”

I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm

Need an upbeat winter tune to help get your gears in motion? Irving Berlin wrote a real treat in this one : I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm. It’s guaranteed to get you off of your chair, out of your blue funk, and ready to face those never ending lists of chores, parties,Continue reading “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”

Winterlong

I waited for you, Winterlong You seem to be where I belong. It’s all illusion anyway. If things should ever turn out wrong And all the love we have is gone, It won’t be easy on that day. Waiting to follow Through the dreamlight of your way Is not so easy for me now. HalfContinue reading “Winterlong”

Song for a Winter’s Night

Song for a Winter’s Night was first released on The Way I Feel (1967) and a different version was released on a greatest hits record, Gord’s Gold (1975): https://youtu.be/JRIlTvYp0ok. Like many winter classics, the tune was written on a hot summer day while Gord was on the road, wistful memories of home and family informContinue reading “Song for a Winter’s Night”