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Smilin' through

First line:
There's a little brown road windin' over the hill
composer
1918
author of text

 
Arthur A Penn, born in London, was a direct descendant of William Penn. He wrote an account of how the inspiration to write Smilin’ through came from an advert on a train which showed a country cottage with a road winding through fields. It dates from 1918. “I wrote the song in twenty minutes”, he said, “the music first, then the words, on the back of an envelope coming in one day on a Long Island train. I had no title for it—that came with the words”.

from notes by Robert White © 1995

Recordings

Bird Songs at Eventide
CDH55156Composers of World War I
Songs my father taught me
CDA67290

Details

Track 10 on CDA67290 [1'37]
Track 20 on CDH55156 [1'51] Composers of World War I

Track-specific metadata for CDA66818 track 20

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-95-81820
Duration
1'51
Recording date
8 June 1995
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Bird Songs at Eventide (CDA66818)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: November 1995
    Deletion date: September 2003
    Superseded by CDH55156
  2. Bird Songs at Eventide (CDH55156)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: September 2003
    Composers of World War I
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