Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in VOA Special English. I'm
I'm Barbara Klein. It is autumn in the northern part of the world. So it is
time to play some of our favorite songs about this season.
have written and recorded hundreds of songs about autumn. Many of these songs
express sadness that summer is over. The days are shorter. It is getting darker
earlier each day. The weather is cooler. The skies are gray. Birds fly south
because they know winter is coming. The leaves turn colors of red and gold and
then die, falling to the ground. Some songs about autumn also express the
sadness of lost love.
Dawson, in her Internet Writing Journal, writes that this season influenced
songwriters to write some of the greatest songs of all time. Here are some of
our favorite songs about autumn.
Song" by Kurt Weill is one of the most well known, and saddest, songs
about the season. It was introduced back in nineteen thirty-eight in the
Broadway musical "Knickerbocker Holiday." Many people have recorded
this song. Probably the most famous version is sung by Frank Sinatra.
Another famous song about this season is "Autumn
Leaves." This song also expresses sad emotions. It was first introduced in
a French movie in nineteen forty-six. Later, the famous American songwriter
Johnny Mercer was asked to write English words to the music. Since then, many
artists have recorded it. Here is a lovely version by Eva Cassidy from her
Moody Blues are a British rock band that first became famous in the nineteen
sixties. They also recorded a song about fallen leaves, darker days and lost
love. It is called "Forever Autumn."
is another sad song about things that happen in autumn. "Wake Me Up When
September Ends" is by the band Green Day from their album "American
Idiot." The song is about the death of a father.
rock group the White Stripes has a song called "Dead Leaves and the Dirty
Ground," from their album "White Blood Cells." Jack White sings
about a woman who did not wait for him while he was away.
not all the songs about autumn are sad. Here is a more hopeful song, James
Taylor's "October Road" from his album by the same name. The song is
about leaving the big city for the countryside, going home again after a long
people who live in New York City, autumn is an exciting time of the year. New
plays open in theaters on Broadway. The season also brings the promise of new
love. Vernon Duke wrote the song "Autumn in New York" in nineteen
thirty-four. Many famous artists have recorded it. We leave you with Ella
Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong singing this famous song.
Our program was written by Shelley Gollust and produced
by Caty Weaver. I'm Barbara Klein.
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