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The Snows Of France And Holland

  • (Brian McNeill)

    The north wind knows no border
    As it shifts across the shore
    The road finds only other roads
    And the dark hides even more
    There's many a weary corner
    Between Flanders and the Rhine
    And the snows of France and Holland
    Have parted me and mine

    There's sounds to hear and sounds to fear
    And sights to make you sing
    And the bonniest in the morning
    Is the snow goose on the wing
    For her neck is long and slender
    Her road's a simple line
    And the snows of France and Holland
    Have parted me and mine

    The moon stands o'er the ocean
    And the waves roll back the tide
    The strongest man is the wisest fool
    Till he knows the road he rides
    For the snow goose cries to the cold North wind
    The fool cries out for signs
    And the snows of France and Holland
    Have parted me and mine

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  • [1988:] A song about the side of a travelling band's life which the public rarely gets to see. Brian wrote it after a particularly gruelling European tour - bad weather, broken vans, sickness, etc. - when it really began to look as though the road would never end. But that kind of stuff is easy to deal with. This gentle song deals with the other side of the travelling musician's life that takes a bit more to come to terms with. (Battlefield Band Songbook122)

  • [1993:] A song of images and underlying questions. It's dedicated to everyone who, like us, goes on the road to make a living. (Notes Brian McNeill, 'Horses For Courses')

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