@wlonk I think you might be my main hope here.

I'm trying to remember a folk song where she's walking along the river singing a song, and she meets a soldier who's whistling the same tune, and they have a fun little fling together.

The version I'm trying to find has the phrase "I knew we would be lovers" in it, but google's giving me zippo.


@lumpley if I can, it won't be immediate. This'll be in my head for days.


@wlonk I would swear that the name of the song was just "The Whistling Soldier" but I'm getting no returns at all.

It was on a CD I bought at a store 15 years ago or less (since lost). Pop-folk, nbd. How can there be no trace of it online?

I can't believe that there's not a folk song called "The Whistling Soldier" at all, even if it's not the one I mean. What on earth gives.

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@lumpley @wlonk
What do you remember about the CD? Have you tried to find a track listing online?

@PaulCzege @wlonk Disconnected impressions. It's actually the album that I'm looking for, this song is the thing I remember most clearly on it.

It has a song of advice for young lovers, where the metaphor is that the willow tree is the first tree to bud in spring. I don't remember the lesson we're supposed to take, though.

And a very sweet original song about how much her grandparents were in love throughout their life.

@wlonk @PaulCzege Maybe this'll help? The last time I saw the album, we were rearranging the dining room. Meg was holding it up, saying "what is this? There's no CD in it," and it took me a minute to identify it. This means that she wasn't on Meg's radar, which rules out about a million women in folk music, and it means that I picked up the CD on a whim to listen to on my commute.

(I know it won't help.)

@lumpley @paulczege Oh, I think I saw that around somewhere, yeah, I think Meg put it down somewhere in the kitchen (no, it doesn't help)

@lumpley @wlonk
So it's not an anthology. It's multiple songs by the same artist.

@PaulCzege @wlonk Yep! A singer-songwriter going by her own name, not a group. I think it was a mix of traditional and original songs.

@lumpley @wlonk
Every song you've described has a Gillian Welch vibe to me, but they don't match any specific Gillian Welch songs I know.

@lumpley I'm neck-deep in Mainly Norfolk looking for connections now.

@lumpley As far as song-type goes, is this in the right direction: mainlynorfolk.info/folk/songs/

(Obviously, none of the versions here have the line you mention, but.)

@lumpley (Also, thank you for asking me this, it has me listening to a lot of GREAT music.)

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