Autumn Days

My favourite hymn at primary school – Autumn Days by Estelle White:

Autumn days, when the grass is jewelled
And the silk in a chestnut shell
Jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled
All these things I love so well


So I mustn’t forget
No, I mustn’t forget
To say a great big thank you
No, I mustn’t forget.

Clouds that look like familiar faces
And winter’s moon with frosted rings
Smell of bacon as I fasten up my laces
And the milkman sings.

Whipped–up spray that is rainbow–scattered
And a swallow curving in the sky
Shoes go comfy though they’re worn out and they’re battered
And the taste of apple pie.

Scent of gardens when the rain’s been falling
And a minnow darting down a stream
Picked–up engine that’s been stuttering and stalling
And a win for my home team.

is my favourite season and I was feeling particuarlly autumnal this
weekend because we went to the farmers’ market in Stratford and stocked
up on all kinds of seasonal local goodies including:

  • bags and bags of apples
  • a saddle of venison*
  • pork and apple sausages
  • an entire carrier bag of veg (cabbage, french beans, celeriac) for a bargain 2
  • gorgeous fresh bread

Then, last night I made Toad in the Hole with onion gravy. …and even though I say so myself, it was spanking.

yesterday lunchtime we went to the French market in Leamington and had
tartiflette and cassoulet for lunch folowed by crepes.

The market is from Brittanny so there are loads of Produit de Bretagne–marked goods including excellent cider.

Which reminded us that we really ought to organise a shopping visit to France for before Christmas. Always on the list are:

  • Lentilles prepars
  • Creme de cassis etc. for kirs
  • Raclette
  • Magrets de canard
  • Pont L’Eveque
  • Munster
  • Cassoulet
  • Haricots verts
  • Saucissons de Toulouse
  • Harrissa
  • Merguez
  • Gewurtztraminer
  • Tartes flambes
  • Cremant
  • Cahors

*I’ve made a damson and red wine sauce for the venison,
but I am going to have to clean the oven – by the time I’d finished the
Toad it was smoking like a bastard.


81 Responses to “Autumn Days”
  1. Luke Parks says:

    I remember singing that one at Primary School too.

  2. Gordon R says:

    man! that was one of my favourites!
    Although I bear a grudge that you are rich enough to shop at the French
    market! French farmers just aren’t as cheap as they used to be!

  3. ‘Autumn
    Days’ – that takes me back. I can never decide which season is my
    favourite; I tend to look forward to the next season after two months
    of the current one.

  4. Helen Thomas says:

    I do believe, Cleaver, that I was singing that very song just the other week.. sigh…

  5. David says:

    I went to my little girls harvest festival and they sang that Autumn
    days song, who knows how I can find the guitar chords so i can play it,
    it will be a nice break from Oasis and floyd, “Oh I musnt forget, to
    say a great big thankyou etc etc etc ……l

  6. Casey Leaver says:

    Actually I do have the music at home. I’ll email it to you.

    (I love Harvest Festival too – now that’s the proper use for pumpkin. …and unwanted tins of corned beef come to that.)

    • Fr. Neil says:

      any chance of e-mailing the music to me for Autumn days, when the grass is jewelled? I have a funeral service tomorrow and the family wanted it and I am having difficulty finding it.

  7. David says:

    Hi Casey thanks for that, have you got my e mail.


  8. Becky says:

    I’m in year 8 now and I remmber singing that! I loved it! I was in the
    recorder group and had the music to it but I lost it. Now, I play the
    flute and I was searching for it on the internet and Voila! Wow! We
    sang it at Elmlea Junior school.

  9. Casey Leaver says:

    Sorry, I still haven’t dug the music out. When I find it I’ll post it.

  10. Ben says:

    whats with the jet planes comment? how random…

  11. Marc says:

    used to love that song, I had a mate who thought that I’d made it up!
    “A hymn with refuelling Jet Planes… never!” Thanks to your site I’ve
    been able to relive a happy childhood memory and most importantly,
    prove my mate wrong :O)

  12. Simon says:

    Hi, could anyone send me the guitar ghords and/or sheet music for this song.


    I love this song!!

  13. Ed says:

    I love this ‘hymn’ – the contrast between the beautifully imaginitive
    and poetic lines and the gibberish that rhymes with it just makes it
    all the greater – where else could the jet planes have come from other
    than a word to rhyme with ‘jewelled’?!! I’ve never seen a jet plane
    refuelling in 30 years, but I’ve always wanted to!

  14. Bob says:

    C; Em; F; G
    C; Em; F; G
    C; Em; F; G;
    D7; G

    C; C7; F; Dm;
    C; Em; F; G.

  15. Bob says:

    Sorry, missed out a couple of chords…!

    I’ve added in dots to indicate the number of beats to play the chord for…

    C.. Em.. F.. G..
    C.. Em.. F.. G..
    C.. Em.. F.. G..
    D7…. G….

    C…… C7.. F…. Dm.. G..
    C.. Em.. F.. G.. C….

  16. Annie says:

    ur just the same as me. i like it to.

  17. Annie says:

    does any one have the music on recorder for it i’ve been looking for for ages.please if u have one email it to me bye.

  18. Amy says:

    you so much, I sang this at school when I was wee, I wonder, do they
    still sing it do you think? I adore this ‘hymn’ it allows you to be
    thankful withiut being preachy and the nonsense is beautiful, although
    I confess we always shouted the ‘my home team’ part when we could get
    away with it (grins in rememberance). Thank you so much for posting it
    up here. Amy.

  19. george says:

    i’ve not long been out of primary school, about six years ago now and we used to sing AUTUMN DAYS all the time wether it was autumn or not really. we all loved it and used to shout on the bit where it goes mustnt FORGETTTTTTTTTT!
    lol the headmaster always used to roll her eyes at that but we didnt
    care. before i came across this i only just about managed to remember
    the first verse. when you read it from a older persons point of view
    you realise its all a bit nosense like! jet plaines meeting in the air
    to be refuelled????, ive got the chords now, if only i could find my

  20. Oh
    my god thank you thank you thank you thank you! My friend and I have
    been looking for the lyrics to that song since we were in our first
    year (we’re now in our 4th!)! I can’t thank you enough!

  21. Keith says:

    for printing autumn days on the site, I’m 23 now and still remember
    singing that at school when I was 5 or 6, great song, really beought
    back memmories.

  22. Danielle says:

    me and some of my friends went on a catholic retreat a few weeks ago
    and we came across the same hymn books as we had at our old primary
    school and when we found this song we almost jumped for joy as it was a
    classic hymn in our primary school. The lyrics are just so calming and
    joyfull just reading them now makes me smile. Danielle (14) xxx

  23. bobby says:

    can i download this song?. i know it’s a hymn and there isnt an
    artistic in particular, but anyone whos covered this song would be
    great. I’ve been looking for the name of it for so long. All i
    remembered was the line “Jet planes meeting in the air to be refulled”.

    Can someone email it too me? thanks in advanced.

  24. Bob says:

    It is still sung in Primary schools.

    It is possible for jet planes to meet in the air for refuelling.

  25. Kudos!

    I loved
    this song in Junior School and I’m very impressed you’ve posted the
    entire lyrics, however, a note from the referring site
    indicates an error in the second verse, and the first verse should be
    “inside” not “in”…

    Thank you so much for posting the entire hymn though.

  26. Jodie says:

    God i loved singing that song! we had a crazy head who would dance along!!

  27. laura says:

    The missing word in the 2nd verse of Autumn Days is “song” as in ”…and the song the milkman sings.”
    I used to sing this in Junior school and it was my favourite hymn. I
    have searched high and low over the internet to find it and finally,
    thanks to you, i have.
    Thank you 😀

  28. laura says:

    Note to Stephen: I missed the “In” being incorrect. I automatically
    sing it how I was taught it. Also spotted a typo in the 3rd verse…
    “shoes go comfy…” it should be, “Shoes SO comfy” lol ;D

    Love this hymn :D:D:D

  29. Lorna says:

    Hey – I did a school assembley today (im a children’s worker) and the
    kids sang this! I couldn’t believe it as I used to sing it in my infant

    I’m so pleased that I’ve finally found a copy of the words – for ages all i could remember was the line about apple pie!!

    hunting for the sheet music though, the school i went to used an
    accompanying CD. Any ideas where I can find the sheet music??


  30. rebecca cox says:



  31. tuna says:

    I love this song o so much. like i hae totally muissed out cuz i sang it when i was 6

  32. clare says:

    love this song! i sing it all the time on long car journeys and annoy
    my sister as i repeat the only line i know for the hundreth time! thank
    you for the full lyrics! i can now sing it all the way through! autumn
    is the best time of year no doubts!

  33. jelly bean says:

    sigh i was singing that just now! 🙂 I miss being at primary school 😦

  34. Doodaa!! :D happi as can beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee says:

    omg i am sooo happi i finally found this song!!! lol…oops u grown ups probs dont understand this :S soz……

    omg=oh my god
    lol=laugh out loud

    hehe just in case!! 😀

  35. Nathan says:

    wnder if the author of this blog knows that this entry is being used as
    a reference and is top of google search! Such a great song – loved it
    and still do. I just wish I could get it out of my head!!!!

  36. Dawn says:

    a lovely song, Ive known the first verse for years, and have been
    singing it recently whilst walking through the woods in Loch Lochy on
    holiday. I never could remember the rest of the lyrics thankyou !

  37. Lily says:

    simply adore this song, I haven’t forgotten it after nearly 5 years.
    People still think I’m mad when I start singing it in class, in
    secondary school I think it’s officially ‘un-cool’. But who cares?! I
    love it. 😀

  38. claire says:

    Hi there

  39. claire says:

    loved that song at school. Im now 33 I know a right old fogey,but I
    still think of autumn days the only bit I could remember was the bit
    about apple pie, thanks a lot for printing the whole text.

  40. Kate says:

    I’m teaching English in China and desperately want to teach this song to my class. Does anyone know where I can find an MP3 file, it doesn’t seem to be on the internet anywhere, not even if you’re willing to pay!

  41. Tilly says:

    OH MY GOD, this is my faverouite hym EVER. We sang it on our last day on year 6 :’[.

  42. hannah says:

    what an imense song

  43. Scott Latham says:

    can solve one mystery for you: my primary school teacher wrote this
    song – the largest local employer was Flight Refuelling Ltd, and most
    of our fathers (including mine) worked for that company. So at the
    time, the idea of jet planes refuelling was not as unusual to us as it
    must be to everyone else who sung it! I believe it did happen all year
    round, though, with no particular attachment to Autumn.

  44. stephanie forrest says:

    my giddy aunt, I have been searching for these song lyrics for the past
    6 years (I’m now in my first year of college) I absolutely love the
    song but could only ever remember the first verse and the chorus and
    the last line ‘A Win For My Home Team’.

    Thank the lord for the internet is all I can say!!!

  45. chris says:

    that song rules!!! dude!

    i remember singing that in rudston primary school

  46. zadie says:

    thankyou this was my favourite song in primary school and i could only
    remember the first verse. i have been trying to remember it for years.
    thanks zadie

  47. caramaline says:

    am too sharing my love for this tune!!! i am in sixth form and am
    enjoying a remenisant moment about my primary school days. why is it
    that everyone remembers the apple pie line?! if anyone has the audio
    music version i would love a copy.thanks.

  48. caramaline says:

    am too sharing my love for this tune!!! i am in sixth form and am
    enjoying a remenisant moment about my primary school days. why is it
    that everyone remembers the apple pie line?! if anyone has the audio
    music version i would love a copy.thanks.

  49. rachel says:

    iloved this song so much i used to sing it at the beging at our old school

  50. sacha says:

    i did see the mistake in the second course at the very end no,i musn’t forget ist should be i musn’t forget

  51. ezza says:

    thanx so much iv been looking everywhere for those lyrics, im in yr 8 and i need them for my project

  52. ruth says:

    ! me and my m8 laura were on our way home from skool n we were singing
    all the songs we sung in primary n were now in yr 11 , n we were lik
    ohi luv that but cudnt remember the lyrics lol ty hehe !

  53. jenny says:

    can anyone email me the notes for a recorder/piano to play this song? please?? thank you

  54. Becky T says:

    have just leaft secondary school and was singing this on my last day of
    school!! We used to sing this song in primary school, it brings back so
    many memories!! Iv always loved it, why dont they sing it anymore?

  55. Matthew Binns I0M says:

    Thank you so much for this song after minutes of searching I found it on here ty thanks MATTHEW BINNS Y 10 my old school was in DONCASTER old mates plz reply lol.

  56. naomi says:

    thanks for putting the words up to my favourite school song – still remember it even though I am now 31!

    And glad tos ee someone else used to shout the endings of the chorus too lol!

    I looked it up as I have been singing the first verse and chorus to
    my 4 month old and wanted to know the rest of the words – so seems to
    love it too!

  57. Jamila M says:

    I remember singing this at primary school.
    It was my favourite hymn to sing in

  58. Joe S says:

    I’m sooooo happy i’ve now got all the lyrics, I really want this sung at my wedding in september. Does anyone know where i can get a copy of the sheet music for my organist to play it please??

  59. Geraint says:

    Hi Joe,
    Im a church organist and have a copy of the music if you still need it.
    (sorry if im too late in replying)


    glyncorrwg :at: :at:= @

  60. Katie says:

    i loved this song in primary school, couldnt remeber the weord but now i can sing-a-long!!


  61. Jamie says:


    Hi, i am also looking for a copy of the music. My little girl loves singing it in assembly, can you let me know if you still have it available.

    Many thanks

  62. Chelsea says:

    I love that song
    so much
    every autumn i get it stuck in my head
    i would like to teach it to my children
    do you have the song
    you could possibly send me?!
    would be greatly appreciated
    please email if you do

  63. Joanne Butler says:

    I’m getting married, Ocotber 2008 and i want to sing this! Is this a song that can be sang at weddings?? Will people know it do you think??

  64. jessie says:

    this is a great song but please do it clearer

  65. Simon says:

    Visit for the piano version! You will enjoy

  66. alex says:

    Wow! Sat in a pub with all my friends just talking about old school hymns and we all loved this song, for some of us it was over 10years since we last sung it yet we all remembered 1 line, but a diffrent line each. This cleared up a lot of arguments and brought back a lot of happy memories!

  67. Sia says:

    this was BRILLIANT
    the boys used to shout the last line really loudly 😛 xx

  68. steph says:

    plz some one leave the recorder music up on this website i need some recorder music to play in town because i am raising money for the RSPCA 🙂 plz thanks

  69. Lisa says:

    Hi there
    Did you manage to get the music for Autumn Days? I am trying to find it so that I can have it at my wedding. If you could email it to me I would really appreciate it.

  70. caseyleaver says:

    Afraid that I can’t find it anymore. I did have it once. Sorry Lisa. Have a fab wedding.

  71. Jessie says:

    I just wrote about this song, and I couldn’t remember the lyrics so I Googled it and this came up.. I’m 20 now and I used to love singing this one. Did anybody else’s school always have those boys at the back of the assembly who yelled out the “WIN FOR MY HOME TEAM!” line?

  72. Anna says:

    It was My Faveroite but I am in year 10 now and we do not sing it

  73. Emma says:

    Thank you so much for posting these lyrics. I’ve been singing it to my little boy and could not remember anything beyond the 1st verse. As much as I love the song it was getting a bit repetitive when he wouldn’t sleep! Anyone know where I can get the book from to see what other memories I can find in there to pass on to the next generation!!??

  74. amber says:

    I love this song and im 10 an I still sing it. Soon goin in 2 secondry school thanxs so much for leting me see it again cos couldn’t remember the first verse.I know your all older than me but realy i am on 10 !!!!!!!

  75. Ama says:

    I’m 8 & i still sing this song at primary school. I love it!!!!! :-]

  76. Stuart says:

    i think the chords are

    G – D – C – D

    Em for last line of the verse i think.

    G D C D
    Autumn days, when the grass is jewelled
    G D C D
    And the silk in a chestnut shell
    G D C D
    Jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled
    All these things I love so well

  77. Hayley says:

    We sang this at primary school and I can remember it being customary to literally shout the bit about APPLE PIE!

  78. Rebecca says:

    We sang it at Emmaus primary in Liverpool…we always shouted APPLE PIE too! To this day it’s still one of my favourite songs

    But with us it was “and the song the milkman sings”

    Good memories 🙂

  79. astyal says:

    My favourite school song and thank so much to Bob for the guitar chords. Trying to work out how you fit those two lines of chords onto the 4 lines of chorus though.

  80. Carl Moulding says:

    The sheet music and chords is in the bbc complete come and praise book. Its a book specialy for schools but you can order it.

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