Hyperion Records

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

Recordings
'Bird Songs at Eventide' (CDH55156)
Bird Songs at Eventide
Buy by post £4.40 CDH55156  Helios (Hyperion's budget label) Composers of World War I  
'Songs my father taught me' (CDA67290)
Songs my father taught me
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67290 
Details
Track 20 on CDH55156 [1'51] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) Composers of World War I

Smilin' through
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

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