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MusicalmusingsSo I’ve noticed one of the bloggers I enjoy reading, posting to a music link-up called Song Lyric Sunday. Given I like to do posts on music, I finally thought I’d join in.

So I decided I was IN this week.

And then the theme, given our host had a particularly wintery week, was “cold”.

At first, you’d have heard crickets from me on that theme if it weren’t too cold for them.

I’ve already posted my favourite winter song “Hazy Shade of Winter“, refuse to do Christmas songs, and anything else I could think of was, well, depressing and all about cold-hearted folk that I didn’t really want to reflect on in the glass half-full land of January.

So I hit Google and YouTube and after some fun music surfing landed on this one:

50 Words For SnowKate Bush (2011)

The album, also entitled 50 Words for Snow, is entirely devoted to thoughts and things winter. Other songs on the album include “Misty”, about a romantic fling with a snowman (That would certainly be cold. There’s a short animated video) and Wild Man, which tells the story of sightings of the Yeti in the Himalayas (brrrr).

But getting back to today’s song choice, the video is a bit long at 8:32, but you can just sort of let it flow over you in the background as you listen to Stephen Fry play the lexicographer indulging Bush’s desire to hear … 50 words for snow. As follows:

1 drifting
2 twisting
3 whiteout
4 blackbird braille
5 Wenceslasaire
6 avalanche

Come on man, you’ve got 44 to go,
come on man, you’ve got 44 to go.
Come on man, you’ve got 44 to go,
come on man, you’ve got 44 to go.

7 swans-a-melting
8 deamondi-pavlova
9 eiderfalls
10 Santanyeroofdikov
11 stellatundra
12 hunter’s dream
13 faloop’njoompoola
14 zebranivem
15 spangladasha
16 albadune
17 hironocrashka
18 hooded-wept

Come on Joe, you’ve got 32 to go,
come on Joe, you’ve got 32 to go.
Come on now, you’ve got 32 to go,
come on now, you’ve got 32 to go.
Don’t you know it’s not just the Eskimo.
Let me hear your 50 words for snow.

19 phlegm de neige
20 mountain sob
21 ankle breaker
22 erase-o-dust
23 shnamistoflopp’n
24 terrablizza
25 whirlissimo
26 vanilla swarm
27 icy skid ski
28 robber’s veil

Come on Joe, just 22 to go,
come on Joe, just 22 to go.
Come on Joe, just you and the Eskimos,
Come on now, just 22 to go.
Come on now, just 22 to go,
Let me hear your 50 words for snow.

29 creaky-creaky
30 psychohail
31 whippoccino
32 shimmerglisten
33 Zhivagodamarbletash
34 sorbetdeluge
35 sleetspoot’n
36 melt-o-blast
37 slipperella
38 boomerangablanca
39 groundberry down
40 meringuerpeaks
41 crème-bouffant
42 peDtaH ‘ej chIS qo’
43 deep’nhidden
44 bad for trains
45 shovelcrusted
46 anechoic
47 blown from polar fur
48 vanishing world
49 mistraldespair
50 snow.

I think my favourite is number 44.

What’s yours? Did she miss one?


song_lyric_sundayThis has been my first contribution to Helen Espinosa’s Song Lyric Sunday.

If you enjoyed it, consider checking out her blog – This Thing Called Life One Word At a Time –  and some of the others sharing songs on the theme.

Happy January! Stay warm out there.

 

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