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Roger Whittaker – The Ash Grove lyrics

The ash grove, how graceful, how plainly tis speaking
The wind through it playing has language for me;
When o'er the light through it's branches is breaking,
A host of kind faces is gazing on me,
The friends of the childhood again are before me.
Fond memories waken as freely I roam.
With soft whispers laden it's leaves rustle o'er me,
The ash grove, the ash grove alone is my home.

My laughter is over, my step loses lightness,
Old countryside measures steal soft on my ears;
I only remember the past and it's brightness,
The dear ones I mourn for again gather here.
From out of the shadows their loving looks greet me,
And wistfully searching the leafy green dome,
I find other faces fond bending to greet me,
The ash grove, the ash grove alone is my home.

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    The narrator is coming back to his home as an adult, and remembering everyone from his childhood. He remembers the laughter and the good times, and all of the faces of his childhood friends and family. As he goes further in, the song takes a change of pace as the narrator starts to become sad and miss the people he once knew. 'the dear ones I mourn for again gather here. ' this part of the song shows how much he missed them and still misses them, but they're here with him as he is back home. This song is very sentimental and I'm sure most people can relate to having a special place that brings back memories of childhood friends and people you no longer see or people who have passed.
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    When I was 7 or 8 years old this was one of the songs we sang at our Infants' School. I would feel myself close to tears at some of the words... and looking around me to see if others were feeling the same. All of them - both boys and girls seemed to be singing the words just as if they were singing Good King Wenceslas. Yet I felt my eyes stinging as I sang the words "The friends of my childhood again are before me." (I was feeling as if I'd had a past life). There is also a poem with the line: "The smiles, the tears, of boyhood's years, the words of love then spoken." That had the same effect.
    I still wonder now (at 82) If I have lived before and soon I might be saying (quoting from another poem): "All, all are gone, the old familiar faces." [John].
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