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Thread #1495   Message #5044
Posted By: John O'Keefe
10-May-97 - 09:52 AM
Thread Name: ADD: The Garden Song (David Mallett)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE GARDEN SONG (David Mallett)
I learned this song at family gatherings so I'm not 100% sure of the exact words, but here goes:

Inch by inch, row by row,
I'm gonna make this garden grow.
All I need is a rake and a hoe
And a piece of fertile ground.
Inch by inch, row by row,
Someone bless these seeds I sow.
Someone warm them from below
Till the rain comes tumblin' down.

Pullin' weeds, pickin' stones,
A man is made of dreams and bones.
I felt the need to grow my own.
Now the time is close at hand.
Grain for grain, sun and rain,
Find my way in nature's chain.
Tune my body and my brain
To the music of the land.

Plant your rows straight and long.
Temper them with prayer and song.
Mother earth will make you strong
If you give her love and care.
Old crow watchin' hungrily
From his perch in yonder tree,
And in my garden, I'm as free
As that feathered thief up there.

That's it for my rendition, I'm afraid. I hope it comes close to the actual lyrics.