Monday, October 19, 2009

See the geese...

I woke up today and found
frost perched on the town.
It hovered in a frozen sky
and gobbled summer down...
The warriors of winter
gave a cold, triumphant shout
All that stays is dying'
and all that lives is getting out
...See the geese in chevron flight
laughin' and a racin' on before the snow
They've got the urge for goin'
and they've got the wings to go
And they get the urge for goin'
when the meadow grass is turnin' brown
Summer time is fallin' down
and winter's closin' in.

-Joni Mitchell, "Urge for Goin'"

A few decades ago, Tom Rush of New Hampshire recorded my favorite version of this song, and for me it will always be the quintessential autumn song. It evokes all the melancholy feelings of watching nature sink down into hibernation for the winter. The wistful melody and beautifully spare musical arrangement complements the somber mood of the lyrics, setting the tone for late fall and early winter. It just makes you want to build a good fire, fill your mug with steaming hot coffee or tea, grab an old quilt and hunker down until spring. If you enjoy folk and progressive country rock, seek it out and give it a listen if you can find it.


  1. Deedee, I love folk music and will definitely look this one up. You make me almost glad that Fall is here.

  2. Very beautiful post! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a nice week,

  3. Hi. I recognized the lyrics: Joni Mitchell. Rush recorded a version, as did a few others. But near as I can tell, Joni the Canadian penned the lyrics. (You can YouTube her performing it. Rush too.)

    Great poetic imagery.


  4. Lovely words and picture.

    Hope you've settled back into work and that it's not proving too drastic a drop in income. If it is, perhaps you should just hunker down with your quilt and mug and stay home for the winter!

  5. It is exciting and kind of sad at the same time I think.

  6. June - I think you will like it! Warm wishes!

    Rosana - Thanks, and all the best to you too!

    Don - You're right, I stand corrected. I just rectified that error. I knew Tom did a version of Joni's "Circle game", but I didn't realize that "Urge for goin'" was hers too! She is another artist that I love. Thanks for the info!

    Scriptor - Thanks!
    I am a hibernating type-It's hard for me to leave home in winter- I just want to curl up near a fire with a good book!
    Work is going okay, but I have been recommended for the state job as well, so I may have to make a decision soon.

    OMG - I know exactly what you mean-it has that same exact effect on me too!

  7. Summerime slipping through my fingers..we caught some of those freaky, teasing days.. 73 Deg., back to autumn tomorrow..
    Wonderful lyrics!

  8. Such lovely wistful lyrics. I can just picture (and almost hear) those geese in 'chevron flight'. :)

  9. beautiful song, nice images. if you have any more questions regarding songs you should ask mac.......helluva memory on the man...heehee. hey, i have to your email working? jack c