Snow Falls


Here’s another more recent composition and Jon says, “From the pen of John Tams and one of only a few, truly great secular winter songs (of those that I have come across anyway.) It’s got a really lovely cord structure too, but works just as well unaccompanied.” I like this a lot and it fits neatly with those songs of rebirth and renewal and is more anchored to Midwinter and a hope for the rebirth and the future. Mainly Norfolk has further detail of this being written for the play and subsequent Albion Band album of Lark Rise To Candleford.

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27 Responses to “Snow Falls”

  1. Grandad7 says:

    [First post]
    How good is John Tams work!!!
    This has interpreted his creation very well. After reading many posts on the subject I thought I would add my two-penneth on what constitutes a folk song. Just think in a hundred or so so years time; In pubs and Inns around the country how many Folk Singers will be singing songs written by Lennon & McCartney the song writers have been lost in time but the songs have lasted through time. Yesterday/Michelle/ to name but two out of hundreds as an example

  2. Nick Passmore says:

    I’m with you on that, Grandad! Really enjoying these seasonal songs, which are certainly chiming with the UK’s Big Chill weather conditions: keep ’em coming!

  3. malcolm says:

    another Very good song/tune anyone know the guitar chords for Snow Falls.
    Keep up the good work

  4. David says:

    Have to agree with all the previous comments. John Tams has written some absolutely cracking songs…and the other two didn’t do too badly either. This is a lovely version of a magnificent song.

  5. Peter Walsh says:

    Lovely Jon (and you are competing with ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ and ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ echoing from another side of my warehouse). We are all being seasonal then!!! “Feed The World” is an admirable statement; I’m not knocking that. But give me a John Tams song every time.

  6. John Burton says:

    Now the question is, was this a premonition of Sheffield’s current weather, or was this a deliberate insertion due to the weather.
    I think Jon could be in a bit of bother if it was precognition.
    Nice song either way, JohnB

  7. Phil says:

    In 100 years’ time we’ll find out, Grandad7.

    That’s a lovely tune & a beautiful rendition, even if (on some definitions) it isn’t a folk song yet!

  8. muzza says:

    Chilling……makes the hairs (limited in my case) standup on the back of my neck..and fits into “larkrise”, timelessly.

  9. Jane Ramsden says:

    Having not long had John Tams’ powerful presence singing right in front of me at my local folk club, I am a bowled- over convert to both his performance and songs! Good choice, Jon, of an almost haunting melody and yes – spot-on, Muzza! – timeless seasonal folk song. I’m calling it that now, ‘cos I won’t be around in a 100 years’ time to find out!

  10. Mike Wild says:

    Lovely song In the spirit and idiom of the trtradition.

  11. Peter Walsh says:

    Sounds even better the 2nd time around – and this year the 3rd of December falls on a saturday, so not got ‘Merry Xmas Everbody’ in the background. I envy Jane seeing John Tams AGAIN only last week; I’m hoping she’ll show me the signed CD she got at the gig with Barry Coope (Raise Yer Banners), when we meet up next weekend. Come on Jane – get posting soon.

  12. Diana says:

    Absolutely lovely! What else can one say that has not already been said above.

  13. John Biggs (Welsh Marches) says:

    Well, I am going to have a go Diana. I remember this exquisite song from the original stage production of Larkrise, and the c.d. from this production is still one of my favourites. However, I have to say that I think this unaccompanied version by Jon is even better. It somehow embodies all the bleakness of this time of year, with the promise of Spring still a long way off. We sang it in the pubs a lot last year, when the weather outside made it even more appropriate. (Still plenty of time for those conditions to return this winter !)
    Thank you Reinhard for your good wishes. If the first three songs are anything to go by, then you are quite right, December is going to be a splendid month on A.F.S.A.D.

  14. Diana says:

    Glad that you found new things to say John and I think you summed it up extremely well.

  15. muzza(S.E.England) says:

    With reference to John Tam’s lyric on Reinhard’s wonderful Mainly Norfolk site:-

    I note that Jon B’s version has major changes to the first verse…..lines 1/2/4..
    I’m intrigued to know how this came about.

  16. Linda says:

    Hi Diane, Colin.s other half, I,m afraid I m the one who has to have a fix of AFSAD everynight although Bus song a day seemed quite popular with the other half!
    I wasn.t too sure about todays song but it sort of grows on you .

  17. Diana says:

    Hello Linda, it does grow on you after listening to it a few times. I thought the Bus Song a Day was amusing. Perhaps your other half will convert to AFSAD now.

  18. Jane Ramsden says:

    Love it… beautifully penned and beautifully performed. Both Jo(h)ns, you are stars!

  19. nev perry says:

    absolutely love the chorus, the words are very evocative for this time of the year, “the snow falls and the wind calls” oh it sends shivers up my spine! beautiful performance of an outstanding song.

  20. Katie says:

    Unless I’m much mistaken this song appears in the National Theatre’s production of War Horse in the guise of ‘The Year Turns Round Again?’ The music for the show was arranged in part by Tams. Fantastic song!

  21. Diana says:

    A lovely song but really don’t want any snow falls.

  22. Muzza+396days (NW Surrey-UK) says:

    Such a haunting song and becomes ‘traditional’ by the images created by ‘Larkrise’ and ‘Warhorse’……….Great version by Jon………(John Tam’s original words follow).

    Cruel winter cuts through like the reaper
    The old year lies withered and slain
    Like Barleycorn who arose from the grave
    The new year will rise up again
    And the snow falls
    And the wind calls
    And the year turns round again
    And I’ll wager a hat full of guineas
    Against all of the songs you can sing
    Some day you’ll love and the next day you’ll lose
    And winter will turn into spring
    And the snow falls
    And the wind calls
    And the year turns round again
    There will come a time of great plenty
    A time of good harvest and song
    Til then put your trust in tomorrow my friend
    For yesterday’s over and done
    And the snow falls
    And the wind calls
    And the year turns round again

    More lyrics:
    All about John Tams:

  23. Diana says:

    Thank you Muzza for the lyrics. They are lovely.

  24. Ryan says:

    I am an actor and very basic guitar player.
    I have been searching for the guitar chords for The Snow Falls for an audition piece (original Lark Rise NOT Warhorse). Can anybody help. Please. Such a great song.


  25. OldMuzza(NWSurrey UK) says:

    Ref comment above….wonder if Ryan got the chords or the part!
    Lovely song…sooooo glad the site was resuscitated!.. even with that scary warning above which seems to have no effect on commenting.Thank you, thank you.

  26. Neal Jolly says:

    Great song.
    Tune is to my ear not original. It is mostly based on a tune from the middle ages called Kingsfold usually in 4/4 John tams song is a slow 6/8 so the rhythms are different but the shape of the tune and chord structure are the same.
    Many songs have been written ton this beautiful tune. Dives and Lazurys, I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say, The Unquiet Grave, Star of the County Down are just a few

  27. Neal jolly says:

    John Tams version is an original tune. The Lady Maisery version is Kingsfold

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