Haytime & Harvest

from by The Moonbeams

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The snow was still falling as I walked to the farm
To the home of my fathers and childhood
There were no dogs to greet me or to sound the alarm
As the yard gate clos-ed behind me
I remember the stories, the laughter we shared
The dairy and byres where we worked long and hard
The clatter of clogs on the cobbles in the yard
When we gathered in the evenings of summer

I can see the hay meadows where the butterflies danced
The barn is still standing where we frolicked and pranced
As we raised our jugs high and we offered our thanks
At the end of the hay time and harvest

There are gaps in the walls aye they’ve all tumbled down
The land is quiet and deserted
I remember a time when the fields all around
Were alive with children’s wild laughter
But the old school stands empty at the top of the hill
There are no children running from the farms and the mill
For the big wheel’s stopped turning and the water is still
A silence hangs over the valley

The houses are quiet in the village below
The gardens overgrown and forgotten
The shop’s boarded up and the forge has gone cold
There’s grass in the chimneys and gutters
And the church bells are silent, they no longer chime
For there’s no one to worry about Sunday or time
And there is nobody left to make the long climb
To the rusty old clock in the tower

They’ve finished the dam at the foot of the dale
They are moving out men and machinery
A two hundred foot wall of concrete and steel
Will tame the wild life of our river
Soon the waters will rise and they’ll cover the walls
They will wash through the houses and through the cow stalls
Then we’ll hear the old church bell give a last drowning call
As the water floods over the tower


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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