Tonight, one of the saddest and most beautiful songs ever written. It's a song for the end of summer. It's a song to remind us of good friends we lost along the way. It's a song for the twilight. It's a song about resurrection.

Over the years I've posted this song many times on the blog by lots of different performers. The definitive recording, in my opinion, is the one that can be found on the 1967 album, "Sandy Denny and the Strawbs." The version I am playing you tonight is by Kate Rusby which was released as a single in early 2010.



  1. Every now and again in her career, Kate just nails it (My Young Man and Blooming Heather are two that come to mind). And this was one of those moments. As much as I’m a huge fan of Sandy and all things Fairport, this is possibly my favourite version and the one that may well be played at my funeral.

  2. I didn’t. I just had a quick listen on Spotify and whilst I like it, I think Thommo’s guitar on Unhalfbricking means that version just about edges it for me.

  3. Hi, Lionel. I love the Kate Wolf version, she has such a pure voice. We have featured it here in the past. I have a problem with Judy Collins. I’m too close to the English folk scene to be able to separate the performance from the performer and she was very much part of the faction that acted as the gatekeepers of folk music in the 1960s. I find her very arrogant.

  4. Just played Kate Rusby back to back with Sandy Denny’s Music Weaver Album version. Thought thatmuch as I love Kate Rusby I would prefer the Sandy Denny one. But now I can’t decide.

  5. At the end of the day it will always be Sandy’s song. The fact that she sang those words so often and then died so tragically at such a young age gives her recorded versions a provenance that can never be superseded.