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Naming The Rose (Peter Hammill Cover)

by Gitta de Ridder

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willy vlyminck Thank you for this beauty Gitta. I can imagine PH was moved by it. RIP, Anton De Ridder.
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Cover of Peter Hammill's 'Naming The Rose' - A song requested by my dad and recorded when he passed away in dedication to him. Dearly missed since the 19th of October 2020, in our hearts and minds forever. Anton de Ridder - the kindest, funniest and loveliest dad a girl could have wished for.

Released with permission from Peter Hammill himself and with much gratitude.


He had worked on this for years
Since they know they'd be childless:
To hybridise a thornless
And deep-scented damask rose.
She was always by his side
In the lengthening shadows...
This case is closed.

Ena Harkness, Constance Spry,
Emily Grey, Margaret Merrill,
Zepherine Drouhin, Aimee Vibert and Blanche Moreau –
All these spirits still survive in the act of the grower
(In peace and compassion he's...)
Naming the rose,
Naming the rose in the memory of sweetness.

Dedication to the call
And he offers up the hope
That love conquers all.

It's not easy to explain
How he felt at her passing
The very day on which
The most perfect bloom was full-blown;
Tender cruelty that she'd
Never share in this moment,
Naming the rose.

He takes her ashes to the seed-bed
And works them in gently
So that her soul will rise like sap
In the plants as they grow
And then whispering her name
Writes it out on the label,
Naming the rose,
Naming the rose
For the sake of her sweetness.

Naming the rose
In the memory of sweetness.


released March 26, 2021
Song written by: Peter Hammill
Vocals & Guitar by: Gitta de Ridder
Mixed/Mastered by: Stephen William Hodd


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Gitta de Ridder

Singer-songwriter Gitta de Ridder grew up in the Dutch Newlands and in her late teens set out on her travels through Europe finally making her home in the UK. Living in London since 2008 she’s picked up much of the English poetic and musical heritage which is clearly shining through in her engaging and emotion-filled songwriting, folk rooted guitar playing and honest vocals. ... more

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