Another month gone

A new week, a new month… June already, can you believe? On the plus side, at least that’s one more page torn off the calendar and defiantly crumpled into a ball in the countdown to September, should you have tickets to any of David’s forthcoming concerts. (Do you? I’ve forgotten. Just kidding.)

Before you ask, no. We still need to sit patiently with fingers on lips and wait for news. I’m sorry if that proves to be frustrating. Such is life.

It dawned on me, with all the waiting, that we never gamely listed ‘months in songs.’ We did days, but not months. That won’t do.

As there’s still time to kill and much white space to fill, do play along if you welcome the distraction. It helps with insomnia, too, I find.

There must be at least half a dozen quality tracks for each month of the year. I’ll be upset if we can’t manage that between us. One of the finest has to be Deep Purple’s ‘April’, all 12 glorious minutes of it.

Bob Geldof, now Saint Bob, had ‘August Was a Heavy Month’ – and Eric Clapton on guitar, which always helps.

Quite possibly the second-most common date immortalised in song, you can have ‘4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)’ by Bruce Springsteen (or The Hollies, if you prefer, as I do), or closely-matched offerings by Soundgarden, Bon Jovi or U2. Not that theirs have much to do with Independence Day. Apparently Soundgarden’s is about LSD.

If you favour a good story told through the medium of song, Don Henley’s ‘A Month of Sundays’ is one of his most poignant.

Another accomplished story-teller, Al Stewart (who would never have a boring ‘4th of July’), has a ‘Night of the 4th of May’ instead.

Others, like Deep Purple, kept it simple: Ocean Colour Scene with ‘July’, U2 with ‘October’, Collective Soul with ‘December’.

Of course, this is all too easy for those of us who like music trivia and list-making in equal measure; the month doesn’t have to be in the title, it can just as happily be contained within the lyric.

You can cheat even more if need be and throw in an album title: Counting Crows’ August and Everything After, for example.

Here are a dozen songs referring to June that you might recognise. Can you name them all and perhaps offer up some lyrics including other months of the year to test our sleepy memories further?

The chatroom will be open tomorrow from 3pm (UK), should you need more assistance and encouragement with your thumb-twiddling.

‘When it’s sugar cane time
Long around about June’

‘It was only last June
When her old man ran away’

‘As the June light turns to moonlight’

‘When the streets are shining with the smoggy dew
When the lights are glowing with the mists of June’

‘City lights come back in June
Seems the sun has gone too soon’

‘It’s all quiet on Mother’s Day
A forgotten mid-June grey’

‘Colours show after the moon
I should go, see you in June’

‘Well, the snow piles up in the winter
And the bugs come out in June’

‘Look out of your window on any day
From June to September’

‘One long June I came down from the trees’

‘Winter calls the start of June until the end of May’

‘We can put a man on the moon
Make it snow in the heat of June
It’s amazing what we can do’

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

74 thoughts on “Another month gone”

  1. The first song that came to my mind was November Rain by Guns ‘n’ Roses. Them came a big black out and no more songs with months, nor did I recognise any of the lyrics…

    Must blame the perfect weather nearby Terracina, Italy, where we enjoy a short holiday week…

    Taki

    1. But what a great song ‘November Rain’ is.

      Enjoy Terracina. It looks beautiful.

    2. Hello David, forgive my English, but Italian and as you know, we do not speak Italian well this language.

      This year, as I learned of the dates in Italy, I turned immediately, and the day came that I could not buy the tickets because ticketone gave me no availability, I do not know why. For years, I was expecting a date in Italy, and I’m desperate, I would spend even 1000EUR for a ticket and nothing …

      I hope one day to be able to hear you live, it is one of my biggest dreams. I know I am any one of your millions of fans, but I hope you read this.

  2. A bit like Taki I’m feeling very inadequate as I can’t place any of those June lyrics, nor have any month songs sprung to mind.

    I could put this down to total ignorance or the fact that my brain is currently frying in our old favourite sun-spot of Eleuthera, Bahamas. The most thinking I can currently manage is whether to have a beer or a rum punch next … Hmmm I’m leaning towards fruity …

    I shall however attempt at least to perform my traditional task of finding a relevant Radiohead item whilst poor old Ken produces yet another A-Z … Just don’t rush me.

    1. First, the Italian coast. Now, the Bahamas. Are you two trying to make me insanely jealous?

      1. I’m already insanely jealous. 🙁

        ash. . . a bit concerned about the savings Tim invested for me. . .

        1. Don’t worry Ash, they are safely invested in a little condominium out here … For purely legal purposes, which I won’t bore you with, I did have to put the deed in my own name but that’s just red tape. You can come visit anytime and you only need pay the token maintenance charge, supplementary (overseas) ownership levy and government capital surcharge (currently 15% of projected exit value) on arrival.

          1. I’m afraid you’ll need to make your own transport arrangements but if you know anyone with a Lear Jet, there’s a couple of handy airstrips not far away.

          2. Hmmmm. . . wondering now if you gave me do-goody-good advice on my savings plan Tim. 🙁

            Have I got enough saved to buy a ticket? Don’t think I know anyone with a Lear Jet. . . send some of my savings so I can buy a ticket . . .

      2. Apologies for not rising to the latest A to Z challenge earlier, but I was missing in action in Scandinavia and the Baltic when this thread commenced, anyway here goes.

        January February – Barbara Dickson
        February Stars – Foo Fighters (I wasn’t responsible for breaking David Grohl’s leg in Sweden, I was there the week before)
        March Of The Meanies – The Beatles
        April Skies – Jesus and Mary Chain
        May I – Bing Crosby
        June Afternoon – Roxette
        July – Ocean Colour Scene
        August Hair – Robyn Hitchcock
        September In The Rain – Robert Wyatt
        Octoberon – Barclay James Harvest
        November Spawned A Monster – Morrissey
        December – All About Eve

        Here’s some (not previously mentioned) random Floydian tracks featuring months within the lyrics…

        “MARCH past of the embryos”
        “Dreamers MAY leave, but they’re here ever after”
        “You better watch out there MAY be dogs about”
        “MARCH cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream”
        “And MAYbe we’ll put one down”
        “And you must die so that they MAY live”
        “Who knows what MAY be waiting for me”
        “God wants MAYhem”
        “The MARCH of fate, the broken will”
        “And the sea MAY look warm to you babe
        And the sky MAY look blue”
        “Come on, let’s go wherever they MAY be”

        There May be more, don’t hesitate to add to the list.

        Now, here goes with the A-Z…

        August October – Robin Gibb
        Bomb The Bass – Winter In July
        Come September – Bobby Darin and his Orchestra
        December – Taylor Swift
        Evening In June – Van Morrison
        Frank Sinatra – The September Of My Years
        Gorillaz – November Has Come
        Harry Nilsson – MAYbe Tomorrow
        Isaak (Chris) – Last Month Of The Year
        January Song – Billy Bragg
        Kate Bush – December Will Be Magic Again
        Lulu – March
        May It Be – Enya
        November Nights – Gram Parsons
        October – Aha
        Peter, Paul & Mary – Autumn To May
        Queen – The March Of The Black Queen
        Roy Harper – January Man
        Sweet July – Richard Wright
        Tom Waits – November
        Ure (Midge) – May Your Good Lord
        Vehicle – The Ides Of March
        We May Never Pass This Way Again – Seals & Croft
        Xmas In February – Lou Reed
        Yello – 3rd Of June
        Zappa (Frank) – “Last November, I recall, he needed a spanking” – Stevie’s Spanking.

        Did I pass Tim?

  3. Phew … I was getting a bit worried there that months may be a lazy convenience (cliché) that poets avoid … This may be because June rhymes with the ultimate poetic cliché moon… But fear not.

    ‘I’ll lay down the tracks
    Sandbag and hide
    January has April showers
    And two and two always makes a five’

    From Hail to the Thief (2003)

    Right, I think I may have earned some icecream…

  4. ‘January, sick and tired, you’ve been hanging round me, you make me sad with your eyes, they’re telling me lies.’

    – Pilot

    This always reminds me of the long endless days of childhood.

    Damian

  5. Ooh ooh – just thought of one.

    ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’ – Green Day … I remember listening a lot to that driving through Provence a few years ago.

    Thanks to you Fed I also cannot get that song that goes

    ‘January
    Sick and tired
    You’ve been hanging round me’

    or something similar, which is not a particularly good thing.

    And Mrs C is humming

    ‘Do you remember
    The 21st night of September?’
    (Earth Wind & Fire)

    Which ages both of us ….

  6. How about “January” by a little known Scottish band called Pilot circa 1975……a catchy little ditty, which sent my Mum into singing overdrive, every time it was played on the Radio or Top of The Pops! It’s amazing how we sometimes we look back on something so uncool in our teenage years, that we remember fondly in our later years; if only for the reminder of the sentimental and dulcet tones of my Mum’s singing! 🙂

  7. “It was the third of September. That day I’ll always remember…”

    This is the first song that came to mind on your request. Papa was a Rolling Stone by the Temptations.

    Gosh what an incredible and soulful song. Certainly not the kind you would hear done today.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  8. Arthur Lee and Love – August (from the very wonderful Four Sail album).

  9. July Morning – Uriah Heep

    Then I had this earworm of a song that had January as its title. It must have come back into my head from the days of glam rock and when I used to go to ‘disco’s’. Although I am not sure if I should have admitted any of that. Anyway I had to google the song January and the band that released it was Pilot.

    I am sure others who are brave enough to admit it will remember it.

      1. Catchy song, quite innocent as well. And I’m not ashamed to say I like it very much, but must have something to be remembered 40 years on.

        Damian

  10. April Showers – lots of people have covered this, even Bugs Bunny!

    MAY This Be Love – Jimi Hendrix

    Might As Well Rain Until September – written by Carol King, very topical given that it’s raining. . . again. . . and we’re all waiting for September. :))

    ash

    1. Oh God, now you’ve done it. I’ve got this stuck inside my head:

      ‘Said I’ll be gone ’til November
      I’ll be gone ’til November
      You tell my girl, I’ll be gone ’til November
      I’ll be gone ’til November
      I’ll be gone ’til November
      You tell my girl, I’ll be gone ’til November…’

    2. Might as well rain till September – Good call.

      and made me remember…….

      September – Earth, Wind and Fire

    3. If Ash can get away with ‘May This Be Love’ then I surely have a chance with ‘May I’ by Kevin Ayres.

  11. Eric Clapton had an insanely popular album in the 80s simply called August.

    As for songs, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons had a come back pop hit in the 70s called, “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night).”

    Sorry, I know the song is very popish and now it’s probably stuck in your head.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    1. Have to admit, I’ve always liked that one. It’s a most welcome substitute for ‘Gone ‘Til November’.

  12. …I had a dream.
    I had a dream.
    Good-bye Max,
    Good-bye Ma.
    After the service when you’re walking slowly to the car
    And the silver in her hair shines in the cold November air…

    1. ‘You hear the tolling bell
      And touch the silk in your lapel
      And as the tear drops rise to meet the comfort of the band
      You take her frail hand
      And hold on to the dreeeeeeeeeeeeam’

      Love it. ‘The Gunner’s Dream’ from The Final Cut – one of my favourites.

  13. Oh I’m good at cheating… :

    6 – ‘Mother’s Day’ – Duff McKagan’s Loaded (Never heard that name before!)
    9 – ‘The Love Parade’ – Dream Academy
    12 – ‘Don’t Know A Thing About Love’ – Ringo Starr

    – ‘Mayday’ – Nick Laird-Clowes and David Gilmour
    – ‘April in Paris’ – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong (or Frank Sinatra?)
    – ‘Late November’ – Pavlov’s Dog
    – ‘December Will Be Magic Again’ – Kate Bush
    – ‘Rainy Day in June’ – The Kinks
    – ‘Octobre’ – Francis Cabrel

    Two songs with all twelve months (bonus point?):

    ‘Hexagone’ – Renaud
    ‘The Calendar Song’ – Boney M (Not the cleverest lyrics! 😀 )

    Not really months but… just for fun, do they qualify?

    – ‘MAYbe Tomorrow’ – Stereophonics
    – ‘MARCH of the Rotten Vegetables’ – The Flaming Lips (Love the title. 😀 )
    – ‘ Life on MARS’ – David Bowie (‘Mars’ is French for ‘March’)
    – ‘I Dreamed I Saw St AUGUSTine’ – Bob Dylan
    – ‘Bastille Day’ – Rush (It’s July 14, right? 😉 )

    And now, can you recognise the two songs? 🙂

    ‘After the service when you’re walking slowly to the car
    And the silver in her hair shines in the cold November air
    You hear the tolling bell
    And touch the silk in your lapel’

    ‘All we wanted was a home
    Now we are so strung out we wanna own
    Like a leaf in the autumn breeze
    Like a flood in January
    We don’t want your fucking love’

    1. All the bonus points in the world for you, for that. You included some fantastic songs and artists, not least Ol’ Blue Eyes, who comes close to listing all the months in ‘That’s Life’. Well done for finding some that list all 12 months.

      ‘Roses In the Hospital’ is one of my favourite Manic Street Preachers songs from a fine album, Gold Against the Soul. 🙂

      Duff McKagan used to be in Guns N’ Roses, by the way.

      1. Yes Michèle wins unless Ken plays an absolute blinder, not least for getting Pavlov’s Dog in there as well as assorted blog favourites.

        1. “You snooze, you lose” … Late November would’ve been one of my picks had I not been otherwise occupied. 🙁 So thanks Michele for giving it an honorable mention.

          Back in circulation next week. Have missed chat … going through withdrawals.

  14. Free games for May/See Emily play…

    is right? a good excuse to listen to it again, remembering Richard and Syd.

    ciao!
    Emilio

  15. I have a verse for someone to guess, this may well have been haunting the back of other people’s minds too. . .

    It was a hot afternoon
    The last day of June
    And the sun was a demon
    The clouds were afraid
    One-ten in the shade
    And the pavement was steaming

    ash

    1. Thought it was ‘Honey (I Miss You)’ by Bobby Goldsboro because that’s what it morphs into when I sing it in my head….but it isn’t.

  16. ‘It started to snow
    in the middle of July
    Wonder why…’
    – Blind by Deep Purple.

  17. “If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now
    It’s just a spring clean for the May Queen”

    Keeping the quality up as always…

  18. Additional tradition, A Nick Cave song ….

    “But when yesterday becomes a memory, a memory
    That We uncovered in time
    If you still remember that cold September
    I reigned in your mind”

    Sleeping Analeah (1986)

  19. One for Tim (where “June rhymes with the ultimate poetic cliché moon…” 😉 )

    ‘My Shangri-La beneath the summer moon, I will return again
    Sure as the dust that floats high in June, when movin’ through – – – ‘.

    What is it?

  20. The Soft Machine – anyone remember them?

    Wonderful band, well they did a tune called ‘Moon in June’.

  21. Just poking around the web and found that there was a song called February by Dar Williams but also performed by Joan Baez. I have not heard or listened to the song but read the lyrics and March is mentioned as well.

    Anyone know this song???

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  22. Train – Drops of Jupiter “… listens like spring and she talks like June …”

    The band Blue October

    Dar Williams – February

    Joan Baez – February

    Try to Remember, written by Tom Jones, takes care of September and December

    July Morning – Uriah Heep

  23. This early Simon and Garfunkel song has been swimming around in my mind of late. Beautifully simple, simply beautiful ~ 🙂

    April come she will
    When streams are ripe and swelled with rain;
    May, she will stay,
    Resting in my arms again.

    June, she’ll change her tune,
    In restless walks she’ll prowl the night;
    July, she will fly
    And give no warning to her flight.

    August, die she must,
    The autumn winds blow chilly and cold;
    September I’ll remember
    A love once new has now grown old.

    Peace ‘n’ love to you, FEd and friends!
    Gabrielle

  24. As it’s my favourite song for driving over the Severn Bridge (at the fee paying end):

    Thinking back, thinking of you
    Summertime, think it was June
    Yeah, think it was June
    Laying back, head on the grass
    Chewing gum, having some laughs
    Yeah, having some laughs.

    And for the other direction:

    They’re calling out
    Come on let’s go

  25. “But February made me shiver
    With every paper I’d deliver
    Bad news on the doorstep
    I couldn’t take one more step”

  26. ‘My Shangri La beneath the Summer Moon……’ – Kashmir by Led Zeppelin.

    Have also just got back from Italy. Rome was fantastic.

    Have a great weekend
    Heather

  27. MAY I mention bands/artists? 😉

    Blue October (two bands? one from the UK and one from the USA? I’m not sure.)
    The Decemberists
    Brian May
    Avril Lavigne (‘Avril’ is French for ‘April’)
    Bruno Mars (‘Mars’ is French for ‘March’)

    Oh and April March. (Bien? 😉 ) – ‘Chick Habit ‘ is the cover of a song written by Serge Gainsbourg for France Gall in the 60s.

  28. Glad you mentioned April by Deep Purple. It really never got much air play here in North America.

    How about Gordon Lightfoot’s “Black Day in July” and a guess with his famous song with the line

    “The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down, of the big lake they call “Gitche Gumme”
    The lake it is said, never gives up her dead, when the skies of November turn gloomy.”

  29. September by David Sylvian is a short number and another song with all the months: the January Man, not sure Christy Moore wrote it.

    Any feedback from the Q&A in Borris earlier today?

      1. Hope you were not called to duty at the weekend because of a tweet.

  30. All I can think of is Moondance by Van Morrison…October skies…a favorite of me and my late husband.

    Hey, who wants to join me and the grandbabies in the pool tomorrow?!

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