My parents’ church runs a monthly Open Mic night which has always had a fairly folky vibe to it. a while ago we were visiting from Bristol and it happened to be the day it was on so I went along and signed up to perform but realised how few songs I actually knew by heart. I noted some prompts on some paper and muddled through a set but it was embarrassing.
John Bell, from the Iona community, says that you should never try and teach a song that you can’t sing in the shower! This is a pretty good litmus test for whether you really know a song, if you can sing it without any notes.
I decided when I got home from that Open Mic that I was going to learn some songs so I would never be in that position again. This song was the first one that I learned.
It tells a good story with a happy ending (despite the inevitable mention of death!). It also has a cracking tune which works brilliantly for ‘O little town of Bethlehem’ which I’ve included as a little out-of-season bonus track for you.
Lyrics: From memory
Download: 06 The farmers boy
Download: Bonus – O little town of Bethlehem