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Country Life
The Watersons Lyrics


I like to rise when the sun she rises,
early in the morning
And I like to hear them small birds singing,
Merrily upon their laylums
And hurrah for the life of a country boy,
And to ramble in the new mowed hay.

In spring we sow at the harvest mow
And that is how the seasons round they go
but of all the times choose I may
I'd be rambling through the new mowed hay.

For I like to rise when the sun she rises,
early in the morning
And I like to hear them small birds singing,
Merrily upon their laylums
And hurrah for the life of a country boy,
And to ramble in the new mowed hay.

In winter when the sky's gray
we hedge and ditch our times away,
but in summer when the sun shines gay,
We'd go ramblin' through the new mowed hay.

For I like to rise when the sun she rises,
early in the morning
And I like to hear them small birds singing,
Merrily upon their laylums
And hurrah for the life of a country boy,
And to ramble in the new mowed hay.

Contributed by Adalyn V. Suggest a correction in the comments below.
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Loreman72

Who else is here because of the Emma soundtrack?
I love these harmonies so much! My daughter says the solo sounds like an old Sam Gamgee :)

onemorecast

Fantastic soundtrack!

rob ricards

like wise

David Luke

The 60s folk revival gave us this beautiful reminder of pre-industrial England - we are long overdue another folk revival.

kidn

This is my favourite song to sing! (very badly and loudly... and going from one harmony part to another)

Andrew Carder

This music will never die, as long people listen to it

I like to rise when the sun she rises.....early in the morning!

Anne Smith

Watched "Emma" last night! Was so thrilled to hear Maddy Prior again and the Watersons. Was a folksinger in London myself in the mid 60s. This was MY music! And Steeleye Span my favorite group.

Percivaldurham

I do that myself actually. I find myself singing it at work.

Brian Rosen

Awesome. What great harmonies! Did everyone look up the word "laylum" or "layland" to find it was an uncultivated or untilled piece of land?

a manx ca

Eliza Carthy (a most credible source) says: "they sing 'laylum' and take it to mean 'chorus' "
https://mainlynorfolk.info/watersons/songs/countrylife.html

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