Folk Song

Lying in the long long grass
Blossom on the trees
Springtime’s slipping away my love
Yeah springtime’s slipping away
When it comes around again
It will never be the same
Heaven’s slipping away my love
Yeah heaven’s slipping away
Yeah heaven’s slipping away

Walking through this changing season
Sorrow spread it wings
We can keep a hold on time
Just receive what it will bring

Lying in the long long grass
Clouds are drifting by
Springtime’s slipping away my love
Yeah springtime’s slipping away
Dreaming in the lost domain
Which you’ll never see again
Heaven’s slipping away my love
Yeah heaven’s slipping away
Yeah heaven’s slipping away

Walking through this changing season
Sorrow spread it wings
Light a candle in your heart
Light it to the spring
Walking through this changing season
Sorrow spread it wings
We can keep a hold on time
Just receive what it will bring

Mellow evenings in the spring
Full of warmth and hope
You are dreaming unaware
Unaware your letting go

Walking through this changing season
Sorrow spread it wings
We can keep a hold on time
Just receive what it will bring
Walking through this changing season
Sorrow spread it wings
We can keep a hold on time
Just receive what it will bring
Springtime’s slipping away my love
Yeah springtime’s slipping away
Heaven’s slipping away
Yeah heaven’s slipping away

Song Notes

Tim wrote “Folk Song” after reading the book Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier. “Folk Song” was gonna be released as a single and radio promos were given out in Ireland, however the single was scrapped at the last minute. The song was re-mixed by infamous Nirvana Nevermind producer Butch Vig for release in America.

The song appeared in the bands set list on the Nu-Clear Sounds tour in 1998-99, but quickly fell out out. It returned to the set list in 2002 when it was played on the bands tour with Coldplay, it was also played during a series of in-store acoustic gigs in the US. It re-appeared in the bands set list on the Twilight of the Innocents UK tour in 2007.

The song itself is about growing up. When playing the song live Tim introduced it by saying “It’s about growing up, my advice don’t do it”. Tim said of the track:

Tim: This sounds so fucking sappy, but it’s about growing up in the country and then leaving it - and innocence - behind. I grew up in a rural area. There was a river at the bottom of my garden and woods all around. When we were on tour we spent most of out time in urban areas and I guess I missed the country.