• Keith Mathison

The Scythe Song


Many people are familiar with Dougie Maclean's beautiful homesickness song Caledonia. He has a number of other great songs as well. One of my favorites is The Scythe Song. If you don't know what a scythe is, Google it. You'll recognize it when you see it. It's a tool used for cutting grass or reaping certain kinds of crops. The song begins with a son wanting to learn how to use a scythe after watching his father. It concludes with him teaching his daughter how to play guitar. It's a beautiful song about the handing down of skills from one generation to the next.


LYRICS


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 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


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


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 Then you'll know what I know

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