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  1. The January Man

From the album Two Ravens

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Dave Goulder
This is a beautifully crafted song by a well-known English songwriter and friend of mine Dave Goulder. Dave was born on a remote Derbyshire farm and the highly descriptive narrative has a real meaning for me as I used to love cycling, tramping, climbing and Youth Hostelling through the Derbyshire hills and moors, whatever the season and weather.


The January man he walks abroad in woolen coat and boots of leather
The February man still wipes the snow from off his hair and blows his hands
The man of March he sees the Spring and wonders what the year will bring
And hopes for better weather

Through April rain the man goes down to watch the birds come in to share the summer
The man of May stands very still watching the children dance away the day
In June the man inside the man is young and wants to lend a hand
And grins at each newcomer

And in July the man in cotton shirts he sits and thinks on being idle
The August man in thousands take the road and watch the sea and find the sun
September man is standing near to saddle up and lead the year
And Autumn is his bridle

The man of new October takes the reins and early frost is on his shoulder
The poor November man sees fire and wind and mist and rain and winter air
December man looks through the snow to let eleven brothers know
They're all a little older

And the January man comes round again in woolen coat and boots of leather
To take another turn and walk along the icy road he knows so well
The January man is here for starting each and every year
Along the way for ever

© PhilDrane Music 2016