Favourite Song!?

 
  • Favourite Song!?

    Let’s kick this forum off with an always popular classic; what’s your favourite Fairport song!?

    It's a tough one I know, mainly because of the heaps of great songs to choose from, but also because there is such a big difference from the old to new material. Still I guess we all have our favourites and I thought it would be interesting to hear some of yours.

    My favourite song you ask? Well, I think I have to nominate more than just one.

    From the older stuff, the classic Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson days, my favourites count “Tam Lin”, “Farewell Farewell” and most certainly “Who knows where the time goes?”

    From the newer material, the Chris Leslie spearheaded Fairport; I would say “The Fossil Hunter”, “Rocky Road” and “I'm Already There”

    So, well, that’s my favourites. What are yours?

  • Over The Next Hill and I'm Already there. Wonderful I tell you!

    • [Deleted user] said...
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    • 24 Jun 2006, 21:03
    who knows where the time goes and it's alright ma, its only witchcraft <3
    im partial to the early days, what can i say?

    although i just saw them in concert and their new material just blew me away!

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    Quoth darkhorse025:


    although i just saw them in concert and their new material just blew me away!


    Yeah they are really something live. I was so lucky to catch them live here in Denmark last year and I must admit that kind of changed my perspective on the new Fairport as well. Before the concert I was mostly into the Sandy Denny stuff, well wasn’t really familiar with anything else, today I think a lot of their new material, with Chris Leslie, is just as good, although different in a lot of ways. At least I think the line-up today feature the most competent musicians to date, and that’s saying a lot.

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    Quoth impressmeworld:
    Over The Next Hill and I'm Already there. Wonderful I tell you!


    Over the next hill is also great song. I really love the lyrics on that one, especially the little praise to Sandy Denny near the end.

    "Over the next hill they say there will be rainbows. Rainbows, somewhere over rainbows, over the next hill who knows where the time goes?"

  • At risk of sounding totally generic, Matty Groves is still my favourite Fairport song. It was the song that got me into them (and Sandy Denny) in the first place.

  • Same here. Matty Groves does it for me - brings me back to my wild youth! Fotheringay runs it a close second though.

    If you can't show me how to die don't tell me how to live
  • "who knows where the time goes"


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  • matty groves ^___^

    The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena.
    Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors.
    So that, in glory and triumph....
    They could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.
    Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner.
    Of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner.
    How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
    Our posturings, our imagined selfimportance, the delusion.
    That we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.
    Our planet is a lonley speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark.
    In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elswhere.
    TO save us from ourselves.




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  • the first fairport convention song i heard was on a bootleg lp -- the song was autopsy. that is just the greatest song, period. and a close second is tam lin, which i am listening to right this very second.

    • Gumbo77 said...
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    • 17 Dec 2006, 02:13
    hard to say... meet on the ledge, fotheringay, farewell farewell, genesis hall, autopsy and who knows where the time goes are among my favourites...

  • Autopsy, Who Knows Where The Time Goes, Tam Lin, Meet On The Ledge heck I even love that BBC record of covers of other artists so I could add Bird On A Wire, Reno, Nevada and I Don't Know Where I Stand...

  • let me add one more favorite: a sailor's life.

    • [Deleted user] said...
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    • 20 Feb 2007, 11:10
    I find it impossible to choose just one. So I'll go for one from each glorious Fairport decade

    From the sixties I could pick dozens but top of the list has to be Matty Groves. Its just such an integral part of the whole FC thing. The most exciting live number you will ever see at a concert short of The Stones or The Who at full tilt. Spine tingling!

    From the seventies I pick Rosie because it is just so Swarb! I had this on cassette in my car for for years for some bizarre reason. Was ages before I got it on CD.

    From the eighties I choose Red And Gold. With Cropredy established as a fixture a song about local history from the most stable line-up in the bands history seemed just perfect.

    From the nineties I pick Slip Jigs and Reels. A lovely track in keeping with FCs story telling tradition.

    For the Noughties I think its going to be Hawkwoods Army although I'm playing the new album lots and keep changing my mind.

    • [Deleted user] said...
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    • 9 Mar 2007, 14:18
    autopsy and matty groves. autopsy for the vocals, really amazing use of dennys instrument and the guitars compliment it perfectly. matty groves because its pure fairport:D

  • The deserter-liege&lief
    Joe Boyd was actually on NPR today discussing how this is his favorite song off of liege and lief too. He just published a new memoir, white bicycles.

    I'm not a musical elitist, just a connoisseur.
  • I'm relatively new to Fairport Convention, but I love their style/sound and I'm a big fan of "Who Knows Where the Time Goes."

  • I'd have to say:

    1960s: "Book Song" (off WWDOOH), but "She Moves Through the Fair" (WWDOOH) comes really close and so does "Tam Lin." (L&L)

    1970s: "Stranger to Himself" (off RFTM) but "Polly on the Shore" (off Nine) is close, too...

    1980s: "Dark Eyed Molly" (off R&G)

    1990s: "The Naked Highwayman" (off JITC)

    2000s: (so far!) "The Good Fortunes" (off TW&W)

    It's Winter-fall
    Red skies are gleaming - oh -
    Sea-gulls are flyin' over
    Swans are floatin' by
    Smoking chimney-tops
    Am I dreaming...
    Am I dreaming...?
  • I have another favourite to add that I've been giving some airtime recently - Tam Lin which feature some outstanding singing by Sandy IMO.

  • There are a few candidates:
    Tam Lin
    Meet on the Ledge
    Who Knows Where The Time Goes
    Crazy Man Michael

  • The Book Song is my favourite.

  • Hey Matty Groves let's lead a sailor's life and meet on the ledge of Genesis Hall. Fall off in the Eastern Rain and it will be Autopsy time - who knows where the time goes?

    (love them all)

  • For almost a year now I have been totally fixated on "I Don't Know Where I Stand", especially the blissful guitar part in the middle with the clear interlocking lines. Truly transcendental. I think it's a slight bit better than Joni Mitchell's original version. I really couldn't consider any other Fairport song ahead of this one!

    Recently Decameron has worked up into my Fairport top five, just a stunning work of gentle beauty I had been somewhat overlooking for a long time in my constant cycling through my "big three" on the first album (Time Will Show The Wiser, I Don't Know Where I Stand, Chelsea Morning). If I'd started scrobbling last year the stats on those would be absurd!

    As much as I enjoy most FC stuff from all periods (save perhaps some weak moments in the 70s) and find the Sandy Denny albums to be among the greatest music I've ever heard, that first album is the untouchable pinnacle of the band in my opinion, just a goldmine. I think I listen to it at least ten times for any one spin through the others. It spans a wider range than any other album, with some of their most dramatic and intense moments (
    The Loster), their most invigorating moments (Time Will Show The Wiser), their most elegant, gentle, delicate, dreamy moments (Decameron), their most poignant, blissful moments (I Don't Know Where I Stand), their most dizzyingly joyous moments (Chelsea Morning), their sunniest, breeziest moments (Sun Shade), and a handful of other first-rate tracks to round out the package. Utter perfection from Dyble and Thompson. Richard Thompson's finest hour. Such a treasure I never tire of.

    Among the Denny material, I'd have to pick
    Tam Lin, or Book Song as my top favorite.

    • jpdhch said...
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    • 10 Oct 2007, 15:45
    crazy man michael
    tam lin
    fotheringay (on what we did on our holidays)

    didn't like them much after sandy denny left...

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