The Orange Lilly "O"

The Orange Lilly "O"

Monday, 20 February 2017

Ashokan Farewell (V)

The sun is sinking low in the sky above Ashokan
The pines and the willows know soon we will part
There's a whisper in the wind of promises unspoken
And a love that will always remain in my heart

My thoughts will return to the sound of your laughter
The magic of moving as one
And a time we'll remember long ever after
The moonlight and music and dancing are done

Will we climb the hills once more?
Will we walk the woods together?
Will I feel you holding me close once again?
Will every song we’ve sung stay with us forever?
Will you dance in my dreams or my arms until then?

Under the moon the mountains lie sleeping
Over the lake the stars shine.
They wonder if you and I will be keeping
The magic and music, or leave them behind.

©1983 and 1991 by Swinging Door Music-BMI, PO Box 49, Saugerties, NY 12477

This hauntingly beautiful melody Ashokan Farewell was written in the style of a Scottish lament and commemorated the sense of longing and loss Jay Unger experienced at the finale of the Ashokan Music & Dance camp festivals he and his wife used to attend. It became famous as the theme tune of the American Civil War documentary series. This version is played by Captain Jr Perkins of the Band Of Her Majesty's Royal Marines album titled Ashokan Farewell, and can be purchased from the URL below:

Captain Jr. Perkins Royal Marines album Ashokan Farewell

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