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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.

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Darius

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 laylum
And hurrah for the life of a country boy
And to ramble in the new-mown hay

In spring we sow, at the harvest mow
And that is how the seasons, round they go
But of all the times, if choose I may
'Twould be rambling through the new-mown 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 laylum
And hurrah for the life of a country boy
And to ramble in the new-mown hay

In winter, when the sky is gray
We hedge and we ditch our times away
But in the summer, when the sun shines gay
We go rambling through the new-mown 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 laylum
And hurrah for the life of a country boy
And to ramble in the new-mown hay



All comments from YouTube:

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.

Empa Romo

Interesting!

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.

kidn

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

Pyrroly

Likewise!

Maree Robertson

This is about to get a huge resurgence of recognition imo, as it has been featured super prominently in the remake of EMMA, it's the very first SONG played in the background over a bucolic transitional scene..

It is one of my very fave songs to sing at sessions, cos I do indeed like to rise when the Sun she rises, early in the morning, I like to hear them small birds singing merrily upon the laylum myself, every day, when I am well...

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!

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