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Paul's Pastoral songs
26 May 2024
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I think it was Beatlebug? a longtime member of BB who described Little Lamb Dragonfly as having a “pastoral” quality.  That got me thinking, what other Paul songs have that?  Here’s my list (for now):

Paul’s Pastorals

Blackbird

Mother Nature

Little Lamb Dragonfly

Heart Of The Country

Tomorrow

English Tea

Winter Bird / When Winter Comes

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Mamunia I would definitely add. 

Good Day Sunshine ,  Rocky Raccoon , Mother Nature’s Son

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27 May 2024
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Mamunia is interesting, that may work. Maybe Good Day Sunshine  too, but not sure about Rocky Raccoon .

Of course this is kind of subjective.

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Golden Earth Girl perhaps?

Country Dreamer?

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Thanks, I’ll check those out (I’m a little rusty on Paul’s later stuff).

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27 May 2024
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First thing I do is check out the lyrics.  With Golden Earth Girl — So far so good!  At first, the instrumentation put me off, then I heard… is that an oboe…?  I checked Discogs and sure enough, Paul is using an oboe and a flute (played by Gordon Hunt and Susan Milan, respectively). If those had been synthesizer, I would given thumbs down.  So yes, I’ll add this one to my subjective list.

Country Dreamer — I don’t know how this song escaped my notice all these years.  This is emphatically pastoral!

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28 May 2024
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Maybe:
Mull Of Kintyre
Junior’s Farm
Little Willow
Rainclouds

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28 May 2024
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Thanks @Richard,

People’s suggestions here are helping me refine what the heck I mean by “pastoral” — it’s still a work in progress.  I guess lyrics are important, they should imbue the song with nature imagery; and also the sound of the music, including instrumentation. 

A song like Junior’s Farm (one of my favorites) is too much of a driving rock song I think to fit. 

Mull Of Kintyre ‘s lyrics seem a good fit, and the music too. 

Little Willow is close, but something pulls me away from according it “pastoral” status.

I almost felt the same about Rainclouds — but the fiddle turned it around! I’d say yes.

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I LOVE this thread! I’ve had an obsession with pastoral-sounding music forever, and Paul has done many of the best examples.

For me, a lot of Paul’s acousticky stuff sounds kinda pastoral, but especially:

Mother Nature’s Son
Heart Of The Country
Hey Diddle
Some People Never Know
Tomorrow
Little Lamb Dragonfly
I Lie Around
Country Dreamer
Mull Of Kintyre
Mamunia
Calico Skies

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I LOVE this thread! I’ve had an obsession with pastoral-sounding music forever, and Paul has done many of the best examples.

For me, a lot of Paul’s acousticky stuff sounds kinda pastoral, but especially:

Mother Nature’s Son

Heart Of The Country

Hey Diddle

Some People Never Know

Tomorrow

Little Lamb Dragonfly

I Lie Around

Country Dreamer

Mull Of Kintyre

Mamunia

Calico Skies

  

Thanks — I think you were the one who first used that word “pastoral” for Little Lamb Dragonfly.  My growing list already has many of the ones you have (I’m glad you also picked up on “Tomorrow”), but now I need to listen to

Hey Diddle

I Lie Around

Calico Skies.

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I think I’ll add Hey Diddle for sure — those amusing ocarinas sealed the deal!  I Lie Around is a little dicey for me and Calico Skies while lovely to me doesn’t seem to fit.

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I might have curious criteria, but I’d have to decline Ram On .  One reason is the prominent Fender Rhodes, which doesn’t seem to be very pastoral.  I like the way Paul plays the Fender Rhodes and it fits the song for sure. The other reason is there’s nothing in the lyrics evoking Nature per se.

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