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your favorite autumn song

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Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in VOA Special English. I'm Steve Ember. VOICE TWO: And I'm Barbara Klein. It is autumn in the northern part of the world. So it is time to play some of our favorite songs about this season. (MUSIC) VOICE ONE: People have written and recorded hundreds of songs about autumn. 1Many of these songs express sadness that summer is ove..

    Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in VOA Special English. I'm Steve Ember. VOICE TWO:

    And I'm Barbara Klein. It is autumn in the northern part of the world. So it is

    time to play some of our favorite songs about this season. (MUSIC)

    VOICE ONE:

    People have written and recorded hundreds of songs about autumn. 1

    . The days are shorter. It is getting darker earlier each day. The weather is cooler. The skies are gray.

    Birds fly south because they know winter is coming. 2

     Some songs about

    autumn also express the sadness of lost love.

Mary Dawson, in her Internet Writing 3, writes that this season

    influenced songwriters to write some of the greatest songs of all time. Here

    are some of our favorite songs about autumn.

VOICE TWO:

    "September Song" by Kurt Weill is one of the most well known, and saddest, songs about the season. It was introduced back in nineteen thirty-eight in the Broadway 4musical "Knickerbocker Holiday." Many people have recorded this song. Probably the most famous 5 is sung by Frank

    Sinatra.

(MUSIC)

    For it's a long, long while from May to December

    But the days grow short when you reach September

    And the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame

    One hasn't got time for the waiting game

Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few

    September, November

    And these few precious days I'll spend with you

    These precious days I'll spend with you

And the days dwindle down to a precious few

    September, November

    And these few precious days I'll spend with you

    These precious days I'll spend with you

    These precious days I'll spend with you

VOICE ONE:

Another famous song about this season is "Autumn Leaves." This song also

    6. It was first introduced in a French movie in nineteen forty-six. Later, the famous American songwriter Johnny Mercer

    was asked to write English words to the music. Since then, many artists

    have recorded it. Here is a lovely version by Eva Cassidy from her 7

    "Songbird."

(MUSIC)

    The falling leaves drift by the window

    The autumn leaves of red and gold

    I see your lips, the summer kisses

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Since you went away the days grow long

    And soon I'll hear old winter's song

    But I miss you most of all, my darling

    When autumn leaves start to fall

I see your lips, the summer kisses

    The sunburned hand I used to hold

Since you went away the days grow long

    And soon I'll hear old winter's song

    But I miss you most of all, my darling

    When autumn leaves start to fall

    VOICE TWO:

The Moody Blues are a British rock band that first became famous in the

    nineteen sixties. They also recorded a song about fallen leaves, darker days

    and lost love. It is called "Forever Autumn." (MUSIC)

    The summer sun is fading as the year grows old And darker days are drawing near

    The winter winds will be much colder

    Now you're not here

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I wish that I was flying with them

    Now you're not here

    Like the sun through the trees you came to love me Like a leaf on a breeze you blew away

    Through autumn's golden gown we used to kick our way You always loved this time of year

    Those fallen leaves lie undisturbed now

'Cause you're not here

    'Cause you're not here

    Like the sun through the trees you came to love me

    Like a leaf on a breeze you blew away A gentle rain falls softly on my weary eyes

    As if to hide a lonely tear My life will be forever autumn 'Cause you're not here

    'Cause you're not here

    'Cause you're not here

    VOICE ONE:

    Here is another sad song about things that happen in autumn. "Wake Me Up

    When September Ends" is by the band Green Day from their album

    "American Idiot." The song is about the death of a father.

    (MUSIC)

    听抄歌曲dictation

    Summer has come and passed The innocent can never last Wake me up when September ends Like my fathers come to pass Seven years has gone so fast Wake me up when September ends Here comes the rain again

    Falling from the stars

    Drenched in my pain again

    becoming who we are

    As my memory rests

    But never forgets what I lost Wake me up when September ends

    Summer has come and passed The innocent can never last Wake me up when September ends Bring out the bells again

    Well like we did when spring began Wake me up when September ends Here comes the rain again

    Falling from the stars

    becoming who we are

    As my memory rests

    But never forgets what I lost Wake me up when September ends (instrumental)

    Summer has come and past

The innocent can never last

    Wake me up when September ends

    Like my father come to pass

    Twenty years has gone so fast

    Wake me up when September ends(3x)

    VOICE TWO:

    The rock group the White Stripes has a song called "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground," from their album "White Blood Cells." Jack White sings about a woman who did not wait for him while he was away.

    (MUSIC)

    VOICE ONE:

    But not all the songs about autumn are sad. Here is a more hopeful song, James Taylor's "October Road" from his album by the same name. The song is about leaving the big city for the countryside, going home again after a long time away.

(MUSIC)

VOICE TWO:

    For people who live in New York City, autumn is an exciting time of the year. New plays open in theaters on Broadway. The season also brings the promise of new love. Vernon Duke wrote the song "Autumn in New York" in nineteen thirty-four. Many famous artists have recorded it. We leave you with Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong singing this famous song.

(MUSIC)

VOICE TWO:

    Our program was written by Shelley Gollust and produced by Caty Weaver. I'm Barbara Klein.

VOICE ONE:

    And I'm Steve Ember. You can hear other American songs on our Web site, voaspecialenglish.com. You can also find transcripts and audio archives of our programs. Join us again next week for THIS IS AMERICA in VOA Special English.

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