Autumn Reaches For Her Golden Crown

Finally, the autumn weather is starting to come in and that leads me to another entire list of music to listen to this time of year. Of course, these songs can be listened to any time but they seem to have a little more meaning this time of year. This list is not about the best songs about Autumn but instead are my songs of the season, your list may be different and you can let me know about it if you like so here goes my top 15 songs about the Fall Season.

15.Dead leaves and Dirty ground–White Stripes…This is a gritty song about the loss of love but can also be used as a metaphor for the end of summer.

14.Autumn Song–Van Morrison…”Little stroll past the house on the hill
Some more coal on the fire will do well
And in a week or two it’ll be Halloween
Set the page and the stage for the scene”

13.California Dreaming.Mama’s and the Papa’s…Even though the lyrics speak of a winter’s day it still is a fall song to me.

12.Forever Autumn–Moody Blues…Hell, anything from the Moody’s could be associated with the fall but this one stands out,  a combination of lost loves and seasons changing.

11.Change of Seasons–Dream Theatre–A 23 minute long opus to the changing of our lives compared to fall is at first hard to listen to if you do not know the band, but it will grow on you.

10.Did she Mention my Name?–Gordon Lightfoot…Many of his songs invoke the seasons, but this one calls to me as a fall song with some great lyrics and a simple melody about missing your home town.

9.Dancing in The Moonlight..King Harvest—You can just imagine a crisp fall night, the fire raging and the party happening.

8. Indian Summer–Poco…A country-rock classic.

7.Harvest Moon–Neil Young…A love song to whomever, this song is Neil at his Introspective best.

6.Moondance–Van Morrison…The beat alone makes this song one of his best.

5.November Rain–Guns and Roses…Who doesn’t hate the “Cold November rain” and the boys belt out a great rocker on this one.

4.October Road–James Taylor…Not a song about Sadness but about accepting what the season brings us. Baby James is at his best on this one.

3.The Killing Moon–Echo and the Bunnymen…This song is cleansing at its best.

2.Who Knows where The Time Goes–Fairport Convention–Just Sandy Denny’s voice on this song is worth it but let’s face it where does the time go?

1.Time of No Reply–Nick Drake…My personal favourite, Drake’s haunting vocals alone send shivers up my spine but as in all his songs the lyrics are simply amazing and on”Time of no Reply” everything comes together to create a song that is just perfect for weather like this.”Summer was gone and the heat died down
And autumn reached for her golden crown
I looked behind as I heard a sigh
But this was the time of no reply.

The trees on the hill had nothing to say
They would keep their dreams till another day
So they stood and thought and wondered why
For this was the time of no reply. ”


3 Replies to “Autumn Reaches For Her Golden Crown”

  1. “Blue Autumn” and “Autumn of My Life” both by Bobby Goldsboro. The second tune is a on the BMI Million-Airs club for over one million airplays.

  2. The following songs come to mind, some not necessarily referencing Autumn but have specific memories for me of that time of year:
    September In The Rain – Dinah Washington
    September Song – Frank Sinatra
    Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) – The Byrds
    Memories – Elvis
    Return to Me – Dean Martin


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