Ginny Bickerdyke

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Ginny Bickerdyke

I remember so well the days of that summer
When we hung the dead hen from the bridge for a traitor
A bundle of feathers wrapped in barbed wire to keep the foxes out
We spent the days looking for adventure
Roaming the moors through the bracken and heather
Lying by the beck with our arms in the water
Idly trying our hand at tickling trout

We climbed up the ghyll past the bees and the cowslips
Lightly skipping through the trees and the orchids
To the gap in the wall were the beck tumbled down
Off the moor by Ginny’s door
But Ginny’d long gone and the cottage was empty
So we pushed on the door and stepped into the kitchen
There was a range, a rag rug and cups on the table
It looked like she’s just popped out for something forgotten

We thought she was a witch, a sorceress or maybe
A spellbinder or a little bit crazy
But I now know Ginny Bickerdyke was just an old lady
Who fell on hard times in hard times.

One day we went up and Ginny’d come back
She was chasing the cows from the yard with her stick
Scrubbing the step and sweeping the flags
And beating the rug on the wall
Then we woke one night as the dogs started barking
To the sound of a noise outside in the dark, it
Was Ginny taking some coal from the barn
But my Dad just laughed and said everyone needs to keep warm

I remember so well the days of that summer
Days that we thought would go on for ever
I didn’t know then that it would soon be over
And that I’d be leaving it all behind
I set out on a road I’d not travelled
Losing my way as the old ways unravelled
But Ginny was taken off down to High Royd
And shut away out of sight and out of mind


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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