“Spring and Fall: to a young child,” a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844 — 1889) set to music by Natalie Merchant. From Merchant’s 2010 album Leave Your Sleep.
“Spring and Fall: to a young child”
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Margaret, are you grieving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leaves, like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! as the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you will weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sorrow’s springs are the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It is the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.
Singer-songwriter’s Kris Delmhorst’s adaptation of John Masefield‘s “Sea Fever” from her 2006 album Strange Conversation. Each track on Strange Conversation was inspired by a poem or poet.
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking,
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
Natalie Merchant, Susan McKeown, and The Chanting House perform a musical version of Emily Dickinson’s “Because I Could Not Stop For Death.”
Every time I hear country singer Julie Roberts’ “Too Damn Young,” I think about how it’s essentially a young adult novel condensed into a 3 1/2 minute country song. You know of any other songs that might as well be YA?
Happy Friday, everyone.