St. Swithin's Day
Billy Bragg Lyrics


Thinking back now,
I suppose you were just stating your views
What was it all for
For the weather or the Battle of Agincourt
And the times that we all hoped would last
Like a train they have gone by so fast
And though we stood together
At the edge of the platform
We were not moved by them
With my own hands
When I make love to your memory
It's not the same
I miss the thunder
I miss the rain
And the fact that you don't understand
Casts a shadow over this land
But the sun still shines from behind it.

Thanks all the same,
But I just can't bring myself to answer your letters
It's not your fault
But your honesty touches me like a fire
The Polaroids that hold us together
Will surely fade away
Like the love that we spoke of forever
On St Swithin's Day

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Written by: BILLY BRAGG

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Thinking back now
I suppose you were just stating your views
What was it all for
For the weather, or the Battle of Agincourt
And the times that we all hoped would last
Like a train they have gone by so fast
And though we stood together
At the edge of the platform
We were not moved by them
With my own hands
When I make love to your memory
It's not the same
I miss the thunder
I miss the rain
And the fact that you don't understand
Casts a shadow over this land
But the sun still shines from behind it
Thanks all the same
But I just can't bring myself to answer your letters
It's not your fault
But your honesty touches me like a fire
The Polaroids that hold us together
Will surely fade away
Like the love that we spoke of forever
On St Swithin's Day



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Red Dog

memories of standing on the platform late at night waiting for the train to take me home after work listening to billy on a walkman cassette player. going home to my girlfriend knowing it was over

Michael Bolding

Sad

HumanoidOrganism

I first heard this in the early eighties. It is still one of the most beautiful love songs I have ever heard.

Waldo Landorf

@Rustsamurai1 Incredible, I used to play it over and over again at the time.

Rustsamurai1

marvellous. me too. 2019.

Pat Kelly

Brilliant

pljnr

Love this song.It gets me every time.I came across this:

“It first dawned on Bragg that he was capable of writing such a song in the early 1980s. ‘I played “St Swithin’s Day” to the woman I was living with at the time, and she just burst into tears,’ he recalls. ‘I thought, “OK, that seems to have done the trick.” Because before that, having been a punk rocker, there were other ideas I was trying to get across, there were other feelings I was trying to get out of people.’”
– Billy Bragg to The Guardian, March 2008

more info about the song here
http://consequenceofsound.net/2010/06/rock-history-101-billy-bragg-st-swithins-day/

Graeme Hughes

and then she voted tory and i stopped lovin 'er!

Truth For Trumpists

For any non British fans there is a tradition that if it rains on St Swithens day it will rain for the next 40 days, just adds that extra poignancy to an already VERY poignant song.

Carole Corns

Guitar in this piece has always reminded me of church bells ringing for some reason.

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