Scarecrow (John Tams)

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“If any should ask you why we died-tell them it’s because our fathers lied” - Rudyard Kipling
When I contacted John regarding the licensing fee, he responded “Take the song, I’m flattered you chose it and give whatever it accrues to a VET’S charity of your choice” That money has gone to “VECTOR’S-Vets Helping Vets”, which provides housing for homeless veterans in Chico, CA.

lyrics

See the barley moving as the mowers find their pace
See the line advancing with a steady timeless grace
There's passion in their eyes and there's honour in their face
As they scythe down the castles and the courts

Smell the smoke of stubble when the harvest is brought down
See the fire burning as it purges all around
And the field is turned to ashes and the only living sound
Are the skylarks as they try to reach the sun

Blame it on the fathers, blame it on their sons
Blame it on the poppies and the pain
Blame it on the generals, blame it on their guns
Blame it on the scarecrow in the rain

See the barbed wire growing like a bramble on the land
See a farm turned to a fortress and a future turn to sand
See a meadow turn to mud and from it grows a hand
Like a scarecrow that is fallen in the rain

Blame it on the fathers, blame it on the sons
Blame it on the poppies and the pain
Blame it on the generals, blame it on their guns
Blame it on the scarecrow in the rain
Blame it on the scarecrow in the rain

credits

from Greening The Dark, released September 3, 2019
Debra Cowan: Vocals
Duke Levine : Guitars, Banjo
Richard Gates: Bass Guitar
Joyce Andersen: Fiddle
Dave Mattacks: Drums, Cymbals, Percussion, Keyboards
John Roberts: Anglo Concertina
Tom Palance: Flugelhorn

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Debra Cowan Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Singer Debra Cowan performs a cappella and with guitar, interpreting a wide range of folk songs. Debra has two acclaimed solo recordings to her credit, and her third, “Fond Desire Farewell” was produced by former Fairport Convention drummer Dave Mattacks. A former California resident, she now resides in Massachusetts and tours all over North America and the United Kingdom. ... more

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