Fantasy Bob has been identifying a song to welcome each new month. But this month is tricky. He has searched the shallow recesses of his memory and failed to come up with a November song - which is not to say that there aren't any - only that he can't bring one to mind.
So he finds he has to cheat again. He realises his world wide readership may turn against him. They will suspect that a man who can disregard the rules about posts on the first of the month is likely to be a man who on snicking one behind standing firmly in the crease in spite the all too woody a noise audible at all points of the ground and the increasingly strident appeals from all round. He may have a bemused expression on his face but that is anything but innocent. Here he is with a song to make November which has no mention of November - indeed no mention of any month at all. But FB justifies himself - he is sure that he caught his pad with the inside edge. This song isn't about a month - it is about a season - he may say. And the crowd maybe restless for a while and wonder whether this is a good example to set to the juniors. But the moral universe is settled around FB - if he had snicked it he would, for sure, be clean bowled next ball. Even if he hadn't the likelihood of being bowled next ball is quite high.
Anyway, Autumn Almanack by the truly wonderful Kinks was released in October 1967, a follow up to the even more wonderful Waterloo Sunset. Test Match Quality.
FB has raved about Ray Davies before as one of his favourite song writers (see link here). Autumn Almanack showed Davies extending his range and it reached number 3 in the charts, held off the top spot by The Bee Gees Massachusetts. To FB's ears it remains significantly fresher and more interesting today than the Bee Gees' dirge.
Doughty groundsmen the length of the country may still be engaged in sweeping leaves into sacks as the song describes, but in October 1967 there was a rest from cricket - there was no T20 WC, no Champion's League. Just nostalgia for the season past. There was therefore an Autumn to have an Almanack about. The song could not be written now - and there's the pity.
Enjoy hearing it again on this link.