“One of a few songs that Forest School Camps sings that nobody else really does,” says Jon. “Its origins seem to be shrouded in the heady mists of the sixties revival.” Jon’s wife Fay Hield also sings this and some of you will have heard her do so at festivals recently. Fay’s album Looking Glass will be released by Topic Records on September 6th and her beautifully haunting rendition (I’m priviledged to have heard an advanced copy) is accompanied by Sam Sweeney on Nyckelharpa (a relative of the hurdy gurdy click here to see more.) There is a suggestion on this Mudcat link that the song relates to the Spanish Civil War. With numerous songs with yellow roses in the title, making any further Googling a bridge too far today, I’ll be grateful for any further additions that you can make regarding the origins of this song, beautifully sad though it is.
The buy links should now work properly. We had some problems with a duplicate track and everything needed to be updated, but I’ve just tested them and they are now OK!
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