Aura Lea

A beautiful song to begin a beautiful new week.  Here is the 97th Regimental String Band performing “Aura Lea”.

Lyrics and credits, below.  Enjoy!

When the blackbird in the spring, on the willow tree
Sat and rocked, I heard him sing, singing Aura Lea
Aura Lea, Aura Lea, maid of golden hair
Sunshine came along with thee, and swallows in the air

Aura Lea, Aura Lea, maid of golden hair
Sunshine came along with thee, and swallows in the air
In thy blush the rose was born, music when you spake
Through thine azure eye the morn, sparkling seemed to break
Aura Lea, Aura Lea, birds of crimson wing
Never song have sung to me, as in that sweet spring

Aura Lea, the bird may flee, the willow’s golden hair
Swing through winter fitfully, on the stormy air
Yet if thy blue eyes I see, gloom will soon depart
For to me, sweet Aura Lea is sunshine through the heart

When the mistletoe was green, midst the winter’s snows
Sunshine in thy face was seen, kissing lips of rose
Aura Lea, Aura Lea, take my golden ring
Love and light return with thee, and swallows with the spring

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[“Aura Lea” (or, “Aura Lee”).  Originally written by George R. Poulton in 1861.  Ninety-five years later, in 1956, the song was adapted by Ken Darby and Elvis Presley for “Love Me Tender”.]

 

Video posted to youtube by user rmm413e

 

 

15 thoughts on “Aura Lea

    1. Thank you for pointing this out, Geoff! Gen. Lee observed, “I don’t believe we can have an army without music.” In addition to the traditional fife and drum military music (originating with the Swiss Army in the 1530’s) field music, including horns and bagpipes, regulated camp duties and field signals were performed by bugle.
      I’m glad you like this one. Thanks again. 🙂

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  1. I am glad you mentioned how Ken Darby and Elvis Presley re-wrote and used part of this tune for “Love Me Tender,” Danica. It always seemed like a familiar song. I wonder if Ken Burns when he made the Civil War mini-series included this interesting historical fact? Thank you for sharing this!

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