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Michael Head (1900-1976) was an English composer, singer, pianist, teacher, broadcaster and adjudicator whose obscurity has more to do with his unassuming personality than any lack of talent. From over 100 songs this selection offers some of the f ...» More
Sweet Chance, that led my steps abroad, Beyond the town, where wild flowers grow— A rainbow and a cuckoo, Lord, How rich and great the times are now! Know, all ye sheep And cows, that keep On staring that I stand so long In grass that’s wet from heavy rain— A rainbow and a cuckoo’s song May never come together again, May never come This side the tomb. A rainbow and a cuckoo’s song May never come together again.
William Henry Davies (1871-1940)
Sweet Chance, that led my steps abroad is the penultimate song from Songs of the Countryside (1926), setting poems of W H Davies (1871–1940). Here Head reacts to the poetical conceit of the simultaneous occurrence of a rainbow and a cuckoo’s song with music of pastoral serenity.