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Saturday, 28 December 2013

Saturday Rave: A Song of the Weather by Flanders and Swann.

The New Year is almost upon is, and for those of us planning our holidays I thought a little advice from the simply glorious Flanders and Swann

Michael Flanders and Donald Swann 1966.JPG
might be of help.

A Song of the Weather

January brings the snow,
Makes your feet and fingers glow.

February's ice and sleet
Freeze the toes tight off your feet.

Welcome March with wintry wind
Would thou wert not so unkind!

April brings the sweet spring showers,
On and on for hours and hours.

Farmers fear unkindly May
Frost by night and hail by day.

June just rains and never stops
Thirty days and spoils the crops.

In July the sun is hot.
Is it shining? No, it's not.

August, cold and dank and wet,
Brings more rain than any yet.

Bleak September's mist and mud
Is enough to chill the blood.

Then October adds a gale,
Wind and slush and rain and hail.

Dark November brings the fog
Should not do it to a dog.

Freezing wet December, then...

...Bloody January again!

Photo by Zeimusu

Or, in other words, wherever you go make sure it's somewhere else.

Word To Use Today: sleet. This word comes from some Germanic source. The German for hailstones is Schlossen.


  1. I had to listen to his, and found it easily on Youtube, along with the original.
    Must say I like this version better!!
    Ain't the weather grand! What would we have to talk about a lot of the time if not the weather!!
    La-la-la la-la la-la!

    1. I'm really glad you enjoyed it, Jingles. Flanders and Swann did recordings of two shows, At The Drop Of A Hat, and At The Drop Of Another Hat. Well worth looking out.