The Watersons sang Country Life on their 1975 Topic record For Pence and Spicy Ale, their first album with Martin Carthy in the group. This track was also included in the World Music Network anthology The Rough Guide to English Roots Music.
The Country Life
Country Life chorus: I like to rise when the sun she rises, early in the morning And I like to hear them small birds singing, Merrily upon their layland And hurrah for the life of a country boy, And to ramble in the new mowed hay. 1. In spring we sow at the harvest mow And that is how the seasons round they go but of all the times choose I may I'd be rambling through the new mowed hay. 2. In summer when the summer is hot We sing, and we dance, and we drink a lot We spend all night in sport and play And go rambling in the new mown hay 3. In autumn when the oak trees turn We gather all the wood that's fit to burn We cut and stash and stow away And go rambling in the new mown hay 4. In winter when the sky's gray we hedge and ditch our times away, but in summer when the sun shines gay, We go ramblin' through the new mowed hay. 5. Oh Nancy is my darling gay And she blooms like the flowers every day But I love her best in the month of May When we're rambling through the new mown hay 6. I like to hear the Morris dancers Clash their sticks and drink our ale I like to hear those bells a-ringing As we ramble in the new mown hay Recorded by Watersons - For Pence and Spicy Ale