Gathering Day

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Gathering Day

He ties his coat and looks at the sky
Pulls his cap tight over his eyes
We’ll happen get wet before it’s night
And this gathering day is done
He strides up the fields and onto the fell
His stick in his hand and his dogs at heel
Waits for his neighbours from over the hill
And this gathering day to begin

Then it’s ‘Get away Gyp’ and ‘Come by Fly’
‘That’ll do Jess’ and ‘Lie down Guy’
They fix the ewes with unblinking eyes
And gather the fell sheep in
They come together by the fell wall
And he rolls the stone from the cripple hole
Counting them through as they go
Yan tan tedera pedera pinth

Then sorting them through the gathering pens
There’s the mark of Billy and the mark of Ken
And that one’s John’s from across the Dale
And on until the last one’s in
Then it’s back to the farm for a crack and a drink
The men dog tired and the dogs done in
We’ve had a good day lads we’ve gathered them in
Yan tan tedera pedera pinth


from This Land, released August 3, 2018


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The Moonbeams Long Preston, UK

The Moonbeams sing their ‘Songs from the Dales’ telling tales of life and loving, and of laughing and enjoying life. Their contemporary folk based music skilfully evokes the beauty of their homeland, carrying you on a lyrical journey through the fells and dales of Yorkshire. Songs of rain, sun, and fells capture that elusive feeling of what it means to escape from the humdrum of everyday life. ... more

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