This Land

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When I was a boy I went out with my father
On summer days when i should have been at school
I’d work in the sheep pens whilst he was clipping
Rolling and tying the greasy wool
And many’s the day that I’ve spent gap walling
High up on the limestone fell
Learning the skills with which I’d make my living
Learning to do things right and well

I learnt to do the mucking, the harrowing, the haytime
]When to cut, to turn and to bale
I learnt to do the dagging, the gathering, the fothering
To clip and to dip and drive a nail
I was out in winter blizzards poling the snowdrifts
Searching with the dogs for stranded ewes
And if anyone had asked me if I’d like to change my living
I’m sure that I would have refused

And I know every stone, every syke, every valley
Every clint, every gryke, every tree
For when all’s said and done I’m a part of this land
And this land’s a part of me

Now I’ve farmed this land through good times and bad times
Taking the rough with the smooth
There’s times when I’ve felt like shutting the gate and walking
When it’s seemed like there’s nothing else to lose
But now that I’m older I look across the fellside
At my home, my stock, my family
And I’m thankful that when I was stood at the crossroads
Fate chose the right road for me


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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