The Velvet Hills of Blenheim

by Peggy Seeger

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Blenheim, New Zealand is an interesting town. In its heyday it was beautiful until fire and flood took it out some decades ago. It was subjected to a fast re-build and is now one of the ugliest towns in the country. BUT it has lots of facilities for all ages, from babies to those preparing for the next world. Teenagers actually stay here. Kids can roller-skate and cycle in the streets safely. Other than in the big cities, life is slow and easy on these islands.

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THE VELVET HILLS OF BLENHEIM
(previously The Suede Hills of Blenheim)

CHORUS:
The velvet hills of Blenheim, in summer they’re barren and brown
Golden in the sunlight on the far southern edge of town
I see them from my window - in winter touched with green
The velvet hills of Blenheim will always be home ... to me.

1
I was born in Blenheim, lived here all my life,
Sat there in my classroom, while the days went drifting by
Swimming at Rairangi when summer came around
Walking on the Wither Hills as night came rolling down (CHORUS)

2
Among the farms and orchards I spent my childhood days
Till a tidal wave of vineyards swept them all away
I work all day among the grapes, at night I drink the wine
As I sit and watch the sun go down beyond those those hills of mine (CHORUS)

3
Perhaps one day I’ll move away just to make a change
But friends are here, my family’s here, close to the Richmond Range
Some roads lead to Blenheim – all roads lead away
But there’s nothing like the Wither Hills on a golden summer day. (CHORUS)

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released March 3, 2017
words, music ©2013 Peggy Seeger
Peggy Seeger - Vocal
Neill MacColl - Guitar and vocal
Kate St John - Piano and Accordion
Produced by Neill MacColl

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Peggy Seeger Oxford, UK

Born in 1935, Peggy is Pete Seeger’s half-sister and Ruth Crawford Seeger’s daughter; her first life partner was the English songwriter Ewan MacColl, who wrote First Time Ever I Saw Your Face for her and to whom she bore three children. Her best-known pieces are Gonna Be an Engineer and The Ballad of Springhil. She tours extensively in the UK/USA and Australia & has made 22 solo recordings to date ... more

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