A Traditional English Tune - In An English Country Garden

sweetannie4u(midOK_z6b/7a)July 6, 2010

This tune is delightful and I like to sing it while out working in my yard. My children loved it and now my grandchildren do too, skipping along the paths through my gardens happily singing it to themselves.

Below I have provided the LINK to Barry Taylor's website where he has reproduced in MIDI form and so generously posted many of the old traditional tunes of not only Great Britain, but also early America and Canada as well.

They are listed in Alphabetical order.

i.e. English Country Garden

These are all the great old tunes that I learned as a child.

Barry lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He has generously provided many of the midi files I have used on my family history websites over the past ten + years. (Thanks again Barry)

~Annie

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ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN

(Traditional English Tune)

How many kinds of sweet flowers grow

In an English country garden?

We'll tell you now of some that we know

Those we miss you'll surely pardon

Daffodils, heart's ease and flox

Meadowsweet and lady smocks

Gentian, lupine and tall hollihocks

Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, blue forget-me-nots

In an English country garden

How many insects come here and go

In an English country garden?

We'll tell you now of some that we know

Those we miss you'll surely pardon

Fireflies, moths, gnats and bees

Spiders climbing in the trees

Butterflies drift in the gentle breeze

There are snakes, ants that sting

And other creeping things

In an English country garden

How many songbirds fly to and fro

In an English country garden?

We'll tell you now of some that we know

Those we miss you'll surely pardon

Bobolink, cuckoo and quail

Tanager and cardinal

Bluebird, lark, thrush and nightingale

There is joy in the spring

When the birds begin to sing

In an English country garden

How many kinds of sweet flowers grow

In an English country garden?

We'll tell you now of some that we know

Those we miss you'll surely pardon

Daffodils, heart's ease and flox

Meadowsweet and lady smocks

Gentain, lupine and tall hollihocks

Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, blue forget-me-nots

In an English country garden

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Here is a link that might be useful: Sequenced tunes you can sing along with

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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Gee Annie this is bringing up memories, some time ago now but there used to be a gardening program on every saturday afternoon, English Country Garden was Island Country Garden's theme song, Libby will remember this one :).

Annette

    Bookmark   July 6, 2010 at 5:35PM
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cindysunshine(5b)

I don't know this one - the melody is familiar but not the lyrics. How charming!

I love to watch the old version of The Secret Garden about February when I am just so tired of winter. And reading the book is even better - it's an annual read for me. The descriptions of the emerging life and the joy in that garden always make me feel incredibly happy.

I love the lyrics on this - who needs latin names, there are times when the old fashioned ones just fit don't they? Smile.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2010 at 6:24PM
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