Song of the Day, January 3: Over the Hill by John Martyn

MartynHillToday’s song is Over the Hill by John Martyn, a standout track from his amazing 1973 album Solid Air. Martyn continues the genre busting that he began with Bless the Weather, merging folk, jazz and blues into his own distinctive sound. He also brings in some stellar guest talent, with Fairport Convention’s Simon Nicol providing autoharp and Richard Thompson playing a tasty mandolin lick. The addition of Sue Draheim’s violin creates a jaunty feel, almost like a jig. The lyrics are similarly buoyant, presenting a willful independence, but with a very Martynesque dark edge.

I’m going away to leave you, I’m going to leave you in disgrace
Nothing in my favour, got the wind in my face
I’m going home, hey hey hey, over the hill
Over the hill, hey hey hey, over the hill

Enjoy this wonderful song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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