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牋牋牋?Faraway Tom

牋牋牋??1987 Dave Goulder, Robbins Music


牋牋牋?Dave says "when I was living in Wester Ross (Scotland), Tom was an illusive character, a tramp, who did off work here and there.?You'd never get a good look at him; he'd flit between buildings at dawn and dusk.?A lot of us identify with people like that, perhaps even envy them, but ultimately it must have been a bleak life."

牋牋牋牋牋?Gordon adds "Dave will be glad to know I finally got the tune right."


Gordon- 12-string guitar


牋牋牋牋牋?When the calendar brings in the cuckoo

牋牋牋牋牋?And the summer comes following on

牋牋牋牋牋?Then the thin mists of day see him running away

牋牋牋牋牋?And they know him as Faraway Tom.


牋牋牋牋牋?The earth is his bed and his pillow

牋牋牋牋牋?And his sheets are the clothes he has on

牋牋牋牋牋?He sleeps all afternoon then he's hunting the moon

牋牋牋牋牋?Till it rises for Faraway Tom.


牋牋牋牋牋?He sees the fox leaving his follow

牋牋牋牋牋?And he knows where the badger has gone

牋牋牋牋牋?He watches the fawn in the sheltering thorn

牋牋牋牋牋?But they don't see Faraway Tom.


牋牋牋牋牋?He knows nothing of letters and learning

牋牋牋牋牋?And of manners and such he has none

牋牋牋牋牋?But he numbers the seasons on fingers and toes

牋牋牋牋牋?As they pass over Faraway Tom.


牋牋牋牋牋?But what of the winters to follow;

牋牋牋牋牋?Will age and cold winds bring him down?

牋牋牋牋牋?For where can he lie when the snow fills the sky

牋牋牋牋牋?And the years tell on Faraway Tom?



Faraway Tom is recorded on the album In the Kind Land and is also in the songbook the january man