June Hymn

Summer seemed an ocean away when,a few months ago, I shared the lyrics to 'The Decemberists' "January Hymn". Now with summer just around the corner, it's time to share their thoughts on summer in their song from the same album, 'The King is Dead':"June Hymn". (For a live performance of the song, click here.) Personally, I like how he's mad at the birds for bickering and thus disturbing his thoughts.

Here's a hymn to welcome in the day
Heralding a summer's early sway
And all the bulbs all coming in
To begin
The thrushes bleating battle with the wrens
Disrupts my reverie again

Pegging clothing on the line
Training jasmine how to vine
Up the arbor to your door
And more
You're standing on the landing with the war
You shouldered all the night before

A barony of ivy in the trees
Expanding out its empire by degrees
And all the branches burst to bloom
In the boom
Heaven sent this cardinal, maroon,
To decorate our living room

And years from now
When this old life isn't ambling anymore
Will I bring myself to write
"I give my best to Springville Hill"

And once upon it
The yellow bonnets
Garland all the lawn
And you were waking
And day was breaking
A panoply of song
And summer comes to Springville Hill

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