The Cumberland Post

The Cumberland Post
My Backyard, Six Miles from the Cumberland River

Monday, December 13, 2010

You Are My Flower

Our son was never much into country music, but he did like "You Are My Flower," a song which came down to us, I believe, from the Carter family. I like it too and just about wore out the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's vinyl album that we used to listen to --the first NGDB "Will The Circle Be Unbroken." I bought a CD of that one and the other two as well a few years ago and continue to play them all, but the first album and this song still get the most plays. The lyric is simple, as is the melody, but like a William Blake poem, both communicate with classic economy.

Chorus
You are my flower 
That's blooming in the mountain so high
You are my flower
That's blooming there for me

When summertime is gone and snow begins to fall
You can sing this song and say to one and all
Chorus 
So wear a happy smile and life will be worthwhile
Forget the tears but don't forget to smile

Chorus




I'd like to post a current picture here, but we have about 3 inches of snow on the ground, it's midnight, and 16 degrees when I last checked. So I'm just going with a couple of pics from my file. The first was made in February of this year, and the second one in June.

"When Summer's gone and snow begins to fall..."


"You are my flower..."

3 comments:

  1. "Circle" was perhaps the first album that got me to appreciate country music and I'm pretty sure it was the first country album I ever bought. My Dirty Frickin' Hippie friends at the time didn't think much of it, regardless of the rockers who played on the album as guests. Their loss.

    Great pics!

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  2. Big Ed (Scooney...)December 13, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    A good song to pick out on the silvertone! Good pic's, like 'em both

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  3. Nice tune. So nice in fact, I downloaded it at iTunes for a buck 29. Now I can listen to it on the go via my iPod. Also purchased "Big City" when you posted it way back when. AND it took me the darndest time to track down Jerry Lee Lewis' "Tennessee Waltz" but I found a bootleg in Switzerland, or Sweden or one of those scandanavian countries that start with an S.
    Now I'm gonna sit down in my Charles Ames chair, put my feet up on the ottoman and crank up the volume.

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