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The Green Hills o' Somerset

First line:
Oh the green hills o’ Somerset
author of text

Eric Coates set several lyrics by Frederic Edward Weatherly, who was a barrister as well as one of the most prolific and successful writers of ballad lyrics. Coates recalled how, as a young man, he sought a lyric from Weatherly and visited him at his London residence in Woburn Place: “He was one of the smallest men I had met and, for such a remarkably gifted man, strangely enough, was the possessor of a small head … I noticed on his desk two piles of papers, the one on the right looked like lyrics and the one on his left had the appearance of legal documents. I was right in both cases, for during the conversation which followed he told me he wrote poems while working out difficult problems of law”.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2003


More songs my father taught me
CDA67374Archive Service


Track 6 on CDA67374 [2'28] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA67374 track 6

Recording date
9 January 2002
Recording venue
Champs Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. More songs my father taught me (CDA67374)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: June 2003
    Deletion date: December 2020
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