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Rainbow over the Hill
Ashley Hutchings was fortunate enough to have a demo tape of Richard Thompson songs written and recorded towards the end of 1972. This tape included Time to Ring Some Changes and Rainbow over the Hill. Both songs were recorded during the Rise Up Like the Sun recording sessions in Chipping Norton in July 1978 with Martin Carthy and Andy Fairweather-Low singing on the first recording and Linda Thompson on the second. Only Time to Ring Some Changes found its way on the original LP as Rainbow over the Hill was intended for a never released single and had to wait until the CD re-release in 1992. It was also included in 2005 on the Ashley Hutchings anthology Burning Bright.
The Albion Band performed this song with John Tams singing on 11 April 1978 at a BBC recording session. It was published on the CD The BBC Sessions. And a 1993 live recording with Chris While singing was published on The Guv’nor Vol. 2, The Acoustic Years 1993-97, Acousticity - On Tour, and on Burning Bright, too.
Please find the lyrics for this song at Richard Thompson’s website.