Wild Mountain Thyme (trad.-verse lyrics by William Easley)2
I thought it would be fitting to post this today, on Memorial Day, as a tribute to my friend William Easley, as well as all who have fought and died in wars, American or otherwise.
Sometime back in the 60’s William (Billy from here on) heard this Scottish song performed on television, and tried to remember the lyrics, but could only recall the chorus, so he came up with his own verses, turning it into a love-going-off -to -war song. I’ve always wanted to record it for posterity and finally did last night, amazing myself by remembering all the words.
After losing touch with him for several years, I learned the other day that Billy had passed last year, on his birthday, November 30. He was a very talented artist and musician, and has many works on display here in Texas and around the world. I was lucky enough to jam with him on a regular basis for a couple of years and share stages with him. I credit him for bringing me out of my musical shell and teaching me to follow any and all creative impulses. I will miss him very much.
Music and Chorus by Tannahill/McPeake, verses by William Easley