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Altisidora

[Lal Waterson, Jo Freya]

Sung by Lal Waterson and accompanied by Jo Freya, sax, clarinet and bass clarinet, on the album Once in a Blue Moon.

Cover Versions

  1. Karen Tweed & Ian Carr, Fyace
    Fyasco Records FYASCD001 (CD, UK, 1997)

    This is a version of the Altisidora tune, not the words.

Lyrics

The Altisidora
Never looked more cardinal redder,
And the cows in the meadow
Never saw so much purple heather.

I'd just like to say the sky is outrageous,
Even on a day when nature has been gracious.
And the birds and flora
Line up in twos around the border.

There's a strawberry seller
Underneath a coloured umbrella
And a summer bride who's
Looking surprised at her new fella

I can see a train upon a black wavy track
Up there there's the pilot's waving a Union Jack
And the birds and flora
Line up in twos around the border.

(Repeat first two verses)

The Altisidora painted by Laura, aged nine.