July 2001 – There I was in the grocery store line when my eyes fell upon the recent copy of “Yankee Magazine”. It was not my typical read of choice but there was a music sampler inside and Aerosmith on the cover, so I bought it.

I wasn’t expecting to find a song that is still one of my Top 50 Songs of All TimeCheryl Wheeler’s, “When Fall Comes to New England”. The lyrics are all about the change of season – and even if you’ve never experienced Autumn in the Northeast you can see colors and feel the chill in the air when you hear these beautifully descriptive lyrics.

It’s one of those songs that makes you fall in love; but, instead of being enamored with a person – this song has you falling in love with a season. (See lyrics at the end of this post)

Cheryl has a loyal following of listeners and 13 albums to date:

When Fall Comes To New Englandcheryl-wheeler-driving-home-cover
Words And Music By: Cheryl Wheeler

When fall comes to New England
The sun slants in so fine
And the air’s so clear
You can almost hear the grapes grow on the vine

The nights are sharp with starlight
And the days are cool and clean
And in the blue sky overhead
The northern geese fly south instead
And leaves are Irish Setter red
When fall comes to New England

When fall comes to New England
And the wind blows off the sea
Swallows fly in a perfect sky
And the world was meant to be

When the acorns line the walkways
Then winter can’t be far
From yellow leaves a blue jay calls
Grandmothers walk out In their shawls
And chipmunks run the old stone walls
When fall comes to New England

The frost is on the pumpkin
The squash is off the vine
And winter warnings race across the sky
The squirrels are on to something
And they’re working overtime
The foxes blink and stare and so do I

‘Cause when fall comes to New England
Oh I can’t turn away
From fading light on flying wings
And late good-byes a robin sings
And then another thousand things
When fall comes to New England
When fall comes to New England