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Lyr Req: Normandy Orchards (Keith Marsden)

13 Aug 97 - 06:08 AM (#10313)
Subject: Lyric request-Training to die
From: John Pomeroy

I heard this song once only. It appears to be about soldiers in training before being sent to Normandy in the second World War. Part of the chorus goes something like "They say you can still hear the village hall dance band" -------- "The orchards of Normandy were waiting" --- "The mad dance of war". That is is all I can remember and probably with errors. It was a very moving song . Can any one help?


03 Sep 97 - 04:20 PM (#11750)
Subject: RE: Lyric request-Training to die
From: John Pomeroy

Looks like I,m out of luck with this one. I heard it sung in the Middle Bar of the Anchor Inn at the Sidmouth Folk Festival this year. If anyone was there ---


24 Dec 06 - 11:01 PM (#1918506)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Normandy Orchards
From: Jim Dixon

NORMANDY ORCHARDS by Keith Marsden, in The Digital Tradition Database.


25 Dec 06 - 05:51 AM (#1918576)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Normandy Orchards
From: Carol

Buy the book Picking Sooty Blackberries with all of Keith Marsden's
songs - it's worth the money


25 Dec 06 - 07:23 AM (#1918612)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Normandy Orchards
From: r.padgett

A very moving song by Keith. Also the pit disaster Morley Main "And they say it wasnt such a big disaster" I used to have to go out of the room when this was sung!

A genius of a social commentator in song it is usual to have at least abrace of his songs in UK singarounds at festivals etc

Cockersdale still feature many of his songs

Ray


25 Dec 06 - 07:43 AM (#1918619)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Normandy Orchards
From: MoorleyMan

It is indeed one of the most moving songs and certainly one of Keith's best.

In the spirit that it not be misrepresented, then, I'll proffer some corrections to the DigiTrad text where it differs from that published in Picking Sooty Blackberries (and yes, the book's still available!):-
The name of the village is Allingham NOT Arlingham (first and last verses).
In the first verse, Nissen huts are RANGED, not raised.
In verse 3, it's HIM far too shy, not he.

Those are from memory. I'll doublecheck the text and post again if I find any others.

Merry Christmas!
MM