So Autumn Comes

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So Autumn Comes

 

A seasonal song for SATB

 

 

 

 Although written as a seasonal song for secondary school students, ‘So Autumn Comes’ can quite appropriately be sung by any choral group at any time of the year.  It has a folk style melody with a Celtic feel – in this style, appropriate slurring of words is encouraged.  Dynamics should follow the natural flow of the words and melody.

 

 

 

With the breaking dawn, as red and yellow paints the east

Far beyond the hills where Summer birthed her desert breeze

Freshness cloaks the morning and damps the dusty air

And brings a chill that yesterday was never there

 

The crickets dancing tap-step in their morning pantomime

Are conspicuously silent as they head for warmer climes

And the ever sweeter singing of the birds that greet the day

Fill my garden with their bright and cheerful play

 

So Autumn comes and Summer flees while still she’s basking in her prime

Reluctantly she yields her gloried place to Mother Time

It’s a breath of sweet relief as Autumn’s promise dews the ground

And sweeping in she claims her sparkling crown

And the leaves on all my trees start falling down

 

Over in the park, the dead and brown is greening lush

The sun no longer searing with the power of his touch

And everywhere are lovers with their picnic baskets filled

Lying long forgotten, soft on clover quilts

 

So Autumn comes and Summer flees while still she’s basking in her prime

Reluctantly she yields her gloried place to Mother Time

It’s a breath of sweet relief as Autumn’s promise dews the ground

And sweeping in she claims her sparkling crown

And the leaves on all my trees start falling down

 

Duration is approximately 2’50”

 

©  2002 Jocelyn E Kotchie

Published by Publications by Wirripang 2004

 

 

 

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