English Country Garden
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


How many kinds of sweet flowers grow
In an English country garden?
We'll tell you now of some that we know
Those we miss you'll surely pardon
Daffodils, heart's ease and flox
Meadowsweet and lady smocks
Gentain, lupine and tall hollihocks
Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, blue forget-me-nots
In an English country garden
How many insects come here and go
In an English country garden?
We'll tell you now of some that we know
Those we miss you'll surely pardon
Fireflies, moths, gnats and bees
Spiders climbing in the trees
Butterflies drift in the gentle breeze
There are snakes, ants that sting
And other creeping things
In an English country garden

How many songbirds fly to and fro
In an English country garden?
We'll tell you now of some that we know
Those we miss you'll surely pardon
Bobolink, cuckoo and quail
Tanager and cardinal
Bluebird, lark, thrush and nightingale
There is joy in the spring
When the birds begin to sing
In an English country garden

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Written by: JIMMIE RODGERS

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Comments from YouTube:

Bubble Yum

Hadn't heard this song in 53 years, until today! Brings back a flood of childhood memories!

Donald Edward

Me too. Miss Jenkins used to bang this out on the school piano as we marched in to the hall for prayers etc to start the school day.

Penny Chandler

We played this at our nana funeral it really reminded us of time spent with her in her garden over the years.

lizuru

oooh I'm so sorry

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Robert M

This song really takes me back. Can you imagine anything like this being composed today, let alone getting into the charts? Thank you for all the work on this lovely video. It compliments the song beautifully.

John Tate

Its just wonderful

Robert M

How incredibly kind of you for this information. It makes up for a very unpleasant reply I received yesterday for a perfectly pleasant comment I posted for something else. Thank you and my best wishes. You have brightened my day.

The Folk Revival Project

Do you know where the tune comes from? It's hundreds of years old. It was played by traditional folk performer William Kimber in the 19th century. Cecil Sharp collected it from Kimber and Percy Grainger took it from Sharp's notes and composed a popular piano version. Kimber later recorded the tune.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNUTv5YHZo4
Jimmie Rodgers was presumably inspired by Grainger's piano version.

Chookie

Love all of Jimmie Rodgers songs. beautiful voice, thanks for sharing.

Anna Wozniak

What a gem!! 😍😍😍

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