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October Song

?1966?Robin Williamson, Warner-Tamarlane Publ. Co., BMI


I heard this many years ago on the Relics of the Incredible String Band and found it nudging me from time to time over the years.?When we stoked up the "fiolamba grosso," its "mellifluous" tones sparked this version of a song I've always loved.


C: viola牋牋牋牋牋 牋牋牋牋牋?G:cellamba


I'll sing you this October song

There is no song before it

The words and tune are none of my own

For my joys and sorrows bore it


牋牋牋牋牋?Beside the sea, the brambly briars

牋牋牋牋牋?In the still of evening

牋牋牋牋牋?Birds fly out behind the sun

牋牋牋牋牋?And with them I'll be leaving


The fallen leaves that jewel the ground

They know the art of dying

And leave with joy their glad gold hearts

In the scarlet shadows lying


牋牋牋牋牋?When hunger calls my footsteps home

牋牋牋牋牋?The morning follows after

牋牋牋牋牋?I swim the seas within my mind

牋牋牋牋牋?And the pine trees laugh green laughter


I used to search for happiness

And I used to follow pleasure

But I found a door behind my mind

And that's the greatest treasure


牋牋牋牋牋?For rulers like to lay down laws

牋牋牋牋牋?And rebels like to break them

牋牋牋牋牋?And the poor priests like to walk in chains

牋牋牋牋牋?And God likes to forsake them


I met a man whose name was Time

And he said I must be going

But just how long ago that was

I have no way of knowing


牋牋牋牋牋?Sometimes I want to murder time

牋牋牋牋牋?Sometimes when my heart's aching

牋牋牋牋牋?But mostly I just stroll along

牋牋牋牋牋?The path that He is taking



October Song is recorded on the album Neighbors