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In the Gloaming – The Story

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This version of “In the Gloaming” is performed by The Story, the duo that once included Jonatha Brooke.

Definition of “the gloaming”? The time between sunset and night, not daylight, but not yet dark. Evening, twilight, dusk. One of those haunting times of day when memories haunt you.


In the Gloaming – The Story

While researching this song, I had assumed that it was in the public domain. But on YouTube I learned more backstory on this song, as well as its epilogue:

“The lyricist was a governess. Her lover´╗┐ was the son of the family she worked for. The family forced them apart. She wrote this poem about their parting, and some years later Anne Fortescue Harrison set it to music. When her old flame heard the song, he tracked her down. They married and lived happily ever after. Such was the power of this beautiful song.”

Watch another version at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNqM9wt33VY

In honor of Thanksgiving, throughout November 2009 I’ll be posting blogs dedicated to some of my favorite songs. If you happen to find my website via a Google search of one of these songs, there is a very good chance that you’ll like my music too. For a free MP3 of my music, just sign up below for my newsletter, The Soulflower. Enjoy!


2 Responses to “In the Gloaming – The Story”

  1. Brenda Trent Says:

    this song has been around for years. My English teacher back in 1965 or so credited this song a woman who lived in Marion, LA, a small town in Northeastern Louisiana. We had to memorize the lyrics as part of our English lit

  2. Carla Says:

    Brenda, how interesting that your teacher had you memorize these lyrics for class.
    That’s my kind of English class!

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