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OCTOBER 29, 2009 3:19PM

So We'll Go No More A-Roving

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  by Lord Byron (1788 - 1824)

  Lord Byron

all the musical versions I could find,  through Youtube,  in one place for those that love the poem:

So, we'll go no more a roving 
So late into the night, 
Though the heart be still as loving,
And the moon be still as bright.

For the sword outwears its sheath,
And the soul wears out the breast, 
And the hearth must pause to breathe, 
And love itself have rest.

Though the night was made for loving, 
And the days return too soon, 
Yet we'll go no more a roving 
By the light of the moon.

For those who like it rough and tough ;) after all George Gordon Byron was thought of as the Rockster of poetry in the eighteenth century.


 Those who like it sweet and melodious, listen to this:


High school version one


High school version two: Lincoln High School Men's Chorale (embedding disabled)

High School version three (The Alabama All-State TTBB High School Choir of 2008 under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Carter. A-rovin' arranged by Norman Luboff).  A hundred people on-stage singing it together! In sync! I liked it, this kind of thing is so very tough to do with kids, the hard work and dedication shows...

Is this Byron or ?

 Leonard Cohen's version:

 This one's the perfect prelude to who's coming next:

 Joan Baez (my favourite version)

Reading of the poem

 Another reading:

This one's the most dramatic of them all, I thought



Female voice: Kris Delmhorst , you will love the chords of this one if you like soft song. Uploaded in July, 2009
We say good night with a childhood song that the whole family used to listen to together, reminds me of those contented, happy after-dinner times when life was simpler, full of love... when the children in the family used to believe they were God's own somehow and nothing would change

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This has got to be some kind of record for YouTube videos on one song.
I read that poem for my mother's memorial. When I was fifteen I'd get antsy and feel trapped in my body, that kitchen, that house. My mother would say "Do you want to go for a ride?" I had my learner's permit so we'd get in the station wagon and I'd drive for miles on country roads through cornfields. We didn't talk much. Mom would smoke and if it was still light out, she'd bring a book and read.

Thank you, Rolling, for reminding me. Today is make me cry day on OS.
As a total Leonard freak (still in mourning about missing his recent tour) I just listened to his version a bunch of time and skipped the rest. I hope to get to them later!

I love Joan Baez as a performer, and "Diamonds and Rust" is an awesome piece, but any time I see her interviewed, I wonder if someone just ran over her cat.
Leonard, Leonard, Leonard. Be still my heart.

And, I love Joan.

Thanks, Rolling.
Wonderful words by a very misunderstood poet and an amazing number of recordings on YouTube.

I live about two miles away from Lord Byron's home, Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire.
Trust you to find 'em all :)
I come on lesser and lesser these days and miss your link. Today something made me think of you and I checked your site. Hopefully all good?
I am enlightened. Double thumbs up for the Cohen piece.
Torman, Yes, YouTube is amazing :)
Delia, you mean except for the first vid, right? glad to hear from u
((Consonant)), love to you...and thnx
GeeBee, wonder ... did she really have a very sad life?
WUS, I know :)
GG, yeah
Linda, wow, hve they turned the house into a memorial? Does any of his family live there still?
ChiGuy, which one? ;)
Ramadi, glad to see you here
SWmn, thank you Ma'm :) see, you mde me smile
WOW! Nabina. One hell of a lot of variations on one poem. This is nice stuff for a Sunday morning with my coffee. Thanks kind lady.

How you doing kiddo?
doing ok Boomer good to see you bk

Mr F, glad you liked it...I chanced upon it while leafing thru my old Golden Treasury
Put em all together...synthesize them..and you may approach the level of genius of Byron....

His work lives on....

into futurity he beautify our miserable current
poetic sensibility..
you are in no way in any miserable poetic sensibility condition currently
Lovely post. Thanks for the jb rendition...
As all have said, love this in all it's renditions. Saw Joan live a couple years ago, stunning. One of my favorite concerts of all time. She changed the last lyric to say "if you're offering me diamonds and rust: I'll take the diamonds" ahh life. r
Rita, you are lucky
Scupper, you like JB too? grt
What a purely delightful compilation! I so enjoyed listening to all these renditions. Your love of the poem certainly shines through. A new female voice for me -- Kris Delmhorst. Like her. Thanks for putting this together.
"my turn of mind is given to taking things
in the absurd point of view,"
quoth our Lord.


Wish i could live up to our Lord's Injunction
with more fortitude.

Alas, i sink down into desperate selfpity
in the hope that some gal somewhere,
maybe in India,
will tell me how swell i am...

ha.JIm xo
I never really heard all the words to that classic. Thanks!
Wonderful. Simply wonderful.
nice. and thanks for sharing it with us.