The Scythe Song

I’m in Romania, mowing as part of a Haymaking Festival but while I’m away I thought you could have some music. For ages I’ve been looking for a scythe song, ideally something for a team of mowers to sing while they work. In the meantime, Susan pointed me in the direction of Dougie Maclean:

SCYTHE SONG
Music & Lyrics by Dougie MacLean. Published by Limetree Arts and MusicI still remember when I first watched him work the blade
It was down in the Buckney den my questions tumbled and he said
O this is not a thing to learn inside a day
Stand closely by me and I’ll try to show the wayCHORUS
You’ve got to hold it right feel the distance to the ground
Move with a touch so light until it’s rhythm you have found
Then you’ll know what I know

O wild are the ways we run when at last untethered out we fly
Straight into the burning sun need no direction no not I
But it is not a thing to learn inside a day
Stand closely by me and I’ll try to show the way
CHORUS

So little dancing girl you want to play a tune
One that your heart can fill to help you shine under the moon
Well it is not a thing to learn inside a day
Stand closely by me and I’ll try to show the way
You’ve got to hold it right feel the distance to the sound
Move with a touch so light until it’s rhythm you have found
Then you’ll know what I know now

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About Steve Tomlin

I am a greenwood worker and scythe tutor. I carve spoons, bowls and other products from locally sourced greenwood. During the summer I teach scything around the UK.
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One Response to The Scythe Song

  1. Neil Dudman says:

    Just a beaufiful song… this has go me all inspired for another scythe Video… but we must wait until the grass grows. I hope this is ok to reuse the music, its sounds so good

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