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Last of The Summer Wine….. The Lyrics

roelf > roelf Blog > Last of The Summer Wine….. The Lyrics
25/08/2008 - 9:46 AM



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Did you know that Last of The Summer Wine is the longest-running comedy programme in Britain and the longest-running sitcom in the world. Based in and around The beautiful town and countryside of Holmfirth West Yorkshire, it tells the story of three old men that have that have gone from childhood to childhood interrupted for a while by that inconvenience known as adulthood.
An unforgettable signature tune that instantly invokes visions of those stunning Yorkshire Hills, every time I hear it I really do want to be back there. It was written by Ronny Hazlehurst way back in January 1973 for a one off screen play that was later to become a comedy series broadcasted in November 1973.
I often wondered if there were any lyrics to this tune and after a little searching on the web I discovered there are in fact three versions!
The original version was written by Roy Clarke, the creator and writer of all episodes upto 1983 and goes like this;

The colour of summer's gone,
Of golden days when I was young,
Of girls who came but soon moved on.
Is in my summer wine.

The perfumes of earth and vine,
Of meadows when the rain has gone,
Of women with their finery on.
Is in my summer wine.

The memories I can see,
Here in my cup,
Of sweet short days, bitter days,
Now all drunk up.

The taste of the life that slips,
From day to day through fingers blind,
The honey from the woman's lips,
Is in my summer wine.

Real memory evoking lyrics, but did you know that Bill”Compo”Owen also wrote some very beautiful lyrics and they are;

The last of the summer wine,
The sweet bouquet of memories,
Of you and I, as time goes by,
I still remember these.

The last of the summer wine,
When passing shadows still recur,
Of golden days, so young in love,
And that's the way we were.

We had our dreams,
To change the world,
As people will,
But now we're known as the folk,
Who live on the hill.

The last of the summer wine,
A vintage love, a vintage brew,
And now my love this toast I give,
Thank you for being you.

As we all know, Bill Owen passed away and the writer of the series since 1983 Alan Bell took Bill’s Lyrics and modified them for a truly wonderful tribute episode, “Just a small Funeral” to commemorate Compo’s passing away.

Now all of his summer's gone
Those urgent days when he was young
Those girls he loved but soon moved on
To drink his summer wine.

Now perfumes of earth and vine
Of meadows when the rain has gone
These friends with their black armbands on
Salute his summer wine.

The memories he left to me
Here in my cup
Of sweet short days, bitter days
Now all drunk up.

The fullness of the life that slipped
The other day all mortal pain
Free now to roam fresh hills and lanes
And taste eternal wine.

For me the most fitting version is Ronny's. There canbe no better better way to describe a wine bouquet. I hope that which ever version you prefer brings back warm memories for you. It would be interesting to know which is your favourite.
Oh and by the way the Harmonica was played by Harry Pitch. Search the web if you want to know more about his playing talents. Youtube is a good place to start.

Comments

Boyd
Boyd  1011213 forum posts Wales11 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2008 - 9:35 AM

Lancashire? The people of Holmfirth won't thank you for that.

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roelf
roelf  1028 forum posts Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2008 - 11:00 AM

OOPS ! sorry everybody . I did of course mean West Yorkshire !

roelf
roelf  1028 forum posts Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2008 - 12:42 PM


Quote: OOPS ! sorry everybody . I did of course mean West Yorkshire !

Text now changed to show that I have now rehoused holmfirth to the correct county !

PeterBee
PeterBee  835 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2008 - 8:48 PM

I enjoyed this - not that I'm a great fan of Last Of The Summer Wine, but because I moved to a village a few miles away from Holmfirth almost 12 months ago (from the Warrington area).

Although not a fan, I have to admit that I do now watch the show on TV and try to spot locations - occasionally with some success, despite my lack of local knowledge.

I think that they may currently be filming the next series as there is a collection of mobile homes, film catering vans and other similar vehicles located just ouside the town - Of course this is just a guess and others local to the area may know better.

Pelican_Art
13 Feb 2011 - 9:31 PM

My dad used to watch this every Sunday evening. Great memories. Thanks for that.

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