What's the Life of a Man?

from Edgelarks by Edgelarks: Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin

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A traditional song collected widely in the south of England, a strangely comforting reminder that all things must pass. We found this version in the wonderful “Folksongs of Britain and Ireland” ed. Peter Kennedy, but we have Edgelarked the tune a bit.

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As I was a walking one morning at ease
A-viewing the leaves that had fell from the trees
All in one motion appearing to be
And those that had withered, they fell from the tree

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What's the life of a man, any more than a leaf?
A man has his seasons, so why should he grieve?
For though in this world, we appear fine and gay
Like the leaves we must wither, and soon fade away

If you'd have seen the trees but a few days ago
How beautiful and green they all seemed to grow
A frost came upon them, and withered them all
A storm came upon them, and down they did fall

Chorus

If you look in the churchyard, there you will see
Those that have passed like a leaf from the tree
Age and affliction upon them did call
Like the leaves they did wither, and down they did fall

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from Edgelarks, released October 6, 2017

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Edgelarks fly in on the tailwind of BBC award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Combining soulful original songwriting with deep folk roots and influences as diverse as Indian classical and American blues, this duo produce a sound like no other. ... more

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