Listen: Christy Moore

mooreI’ve asked you to do a lot of listening in the last month. I’ll get back to asking you to think about a variety of things soon, but on this New Year’s Day, here’s one more song, this time about the turning of the year. “The January Man” is by Irish folksinger Christy Moore, and is the song that El Guapo plays on the guitar that my mom most often requests.

 

My favorite line is, “September man is standing near to saddle up another year, And Autumn is his bridle.”

Here are complete lyrics:

The January man he goes around in woolen coat and boots of leather
The February man still shakes the snow from off his clothes and blows his hands
The man of March he sees the Spring and wonders what the year will bring
and hopes for better weather
Through April rain the man goes down to watch the birds come in to share the summer
The man of May stands very still to watch the children dance away the day
In June the man inside the man is young and wants to lend a hand
and smiles at each new comer
In July the man in cotton shirt he sits and thinks on being idle
The August man in thousands takes the road to watch the sun set by the sea
September man is standing near to saddle up another year
And Autumn is his bridle

The man of new October takes the rein and early frost is on his shoulder
The poor November man sees fire and mist and wind and rain and winter air
December man looks through the snow to let eleven brothers know that
They’re all a little older

The January man he comes around again in coat and boots of leather
To take another turn and walk along the icy road he knows so well
The January man is here the start of each and every year
Along the road forever

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Christymoore.com is giving me nothing but a 503 service unavailable notice, but that may be temporary. I hear he’s playing in Dublin tomorrow night, so he hasn’t gone away. His Wikipedia page is here.

[Image: rocksbackpages.com, telegraph.co.uk]

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2 thoughts on “Listen: Christy Moore

  1. Lovely, descriptive poem, Lori. Thank you! You will soon jump over all the winter stuff, from January right over to July!

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