January Child

from Song Bridge by Colum Sands

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There is something hypnotic about the winter light and colours on the lough, mountains and sky around the place where I am lucky enough to live in Rostrevor, County Down.
The variety of shades is almost matched by the ever changing faces and stories that go past the window of our old house on Shore Road.

I really like the idea that even when we’re in the depths of winter, there is always hope and new life taking shape beneath the ground.


1. January Child 4:40

Words and Music Colum Sands © Elm Grove Music

January early morning,
Foggy nightcap on the bay,
Milky clouds upon the mountain,
Sun won’t show for work today.

January child is painting,
Seagulls swirling in the spray,
Old house hunkers down for winter,
Storms are coming so they say.

But if January thinks we’re sleeping
It couldn’t be much further wrong,
At winter’s window, waiting, watching,
Who will walk into this song?

Here’s the man who braves all seasons
Since he heard the doctor say,
Young man your walking days are over,
Each step he takes us shows us the way.

And here’s that couple old and feeble,
Once they were so young and strong,
Yet beauty walks in every footstep
As they help each other on.

Hawthorn berries for the robin
Brightening morning with his song,
Red is such a welcome colour
When days are short and nights are long.

Branches bare still reaching upwards,
Knowing where their hope is found,
Underneath this frosty blanket
New life stirs beneath the ground.

All those January mornings,
All those years that slipped away
All those milky clouds that whispered,
Sun won’t show for work today

You were four years old that morning,
Picture’s with me to this day
January child you’ve taught me
Hope will always find a way.


from Song Bridge, released April 28, 2020
Colum Sands: vocals & guitar with Nuala Curran: cello, Ger Farrelly: piano, Sinead Stone: backing vocals


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Colum Sands Newry, UK

Colum Sands is a universal storyteller who draws on a long Irish tradition of poetic musicality to weave songs for the world.
Drawing on countless performances, Sands uses humour and shrewd observation to celebrate what unites rather than what separates. His latest album “Song Bridge” includes many of the songs written for his extensive environmental campaigning over the past two years.
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