Jon can’t recall his original source for this but you can certainly find a version on June Tabors Aqaba and it was written by Dave Sudbury. It’s based on a true story and Jon Says, “Beautiful song this. It has spawned many imitations but none have matched it.” I can certainly agree with the first part of that statement as this was another that had me (ahem!), a little moist eyed. Having heard Dave’s version attached to a YouTube montage of pictures, it’s not the most accomplished performance I’ve ever heard, but it’s honest and I should not detract from a great song. It would be rude not to give you a link to his website here, as this has a real emotional impact in the marriage of the simple telling of the story and the attendant hopes and dreams that can only be imagined. You’ll find the actual titular bird here, stuffed and mounted, as it has long since raced its last. As a complete aside, although I’ve never had anything to do with pigeons, I used to drink regularly in a pub which had lots of pictures of racing birds and particularly close ups of their eyes adorning the walls, which was kind of odd… But they served a bostin’ pint.
King of Rome