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Dougie MacLean’s Scythe Song

O I 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 way.

You’ve got to hold it right,
Feel the distance to the ground,
Move with a touch so light,
Until its 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.

You’ve got to hold it right,
Feel the distance to the ground,
Move with a touch so light,
Until its rhythm you have found.
Then you’ll know what I know.

So, little dancing girl,
You want to learn to play a tune,
One that you 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 its rhythm you have found.
Then you’ll know what I know.
Then you’ll know what I know.

 

Scythe Song © Dougie MacLean,
Dunkeld Records, Dunkeld, Scotland.

 

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