The Flags Beneath Our Feet

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All our world is made of stone from the first big bang in the great unknown
From the rock hard crust down to the molten core
We scrape the top soil off the land, dig and blast with quarry gangs
And drag the stones down from the moor
For building churches, building mills
For spinning yarn and weaving tweed
For dressing querns for grinding corn
and the workers in the factories trod the unforgiving
Flags beneath their feet

She wakes to the sound of the factory bell from a dreamless sleep to a living hell
To struggle through streets of ignorance and shame
She’s 10 years old and she works all day a 12 hour shift for a pittance pay
A slave again in everything but name
And see her face, is that the face of a child
Those worn out eyes and those sunken cheeks
And see her feet are raw from walking the cold mill floor
In the dirt and the grime and the grease that swills and gathers on
The flags beneath her feet

Now we can run out into the fields far from the groaning grinding wheels
Our fruit and flowers are piled high at our doors
We can wander out across the fells, no clattering looms, no waking bells
We’re free to ramble over the open moors
And beneath our feet see the old stone flags
Like tombstones lined out across the peat
And with every step we take we tread on the memories
Of the ones that who before and were the first to tread
The flags beneath our feet


from This Land, released August 3, 2018
featuring Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band


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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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