Saturday, 29 May 2010

other Meic Stevens songs?

Yes - and this one is quite easy to learn.

Tryweryn is about the flooding of the valley in 1965 to provide a reservoir for Liverpool.

Today, there's a lot of canoeing and white water rafting on the river but back then, the story of the rehousing of 67 residents was front page news and a cause celebre.

Meic Stevens's song - quite an early one - is a simple folky item about how there are no flowers left in the gardens of Tryweryn while the fish swim peacefully above the houses.

Quite a surreal word picture of a real reality as "Cold water is sleeping in Tryweryn."

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