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Hoeing weeds sowing seeds lyrics

Digging, digging
This is how we dig the ground
Early in the morning

Hoeing, hoeing
This is how we hoe the weeds
In our garden, in our garden

Hoeing, hoeing
This is how we hoe the weeds
Early in the morning

Planting, planting
This is how we plant the seeds
In our garden, in our garden

Planting, planting
This is how we plant the seeds
Early in the morning

Growing, growing
This is how the peas will grow
In our garden, in our garden

Growing, growing
This is how the peas will grow
Early in the morning

Picking, picking
This is how we’ll pick the peas
In our garden, in our garden

Picking, picking
This is how we’ll pick the peas
Early in the morning

Eating, eating
This is how we’ll eat those peas
From our garden, from our garden

Eating, eating
This is how we’ll eat those peas
Early in the morning

In Medias Res

It’s May. A couple of days this week, the temps here in Wichita went over 80 degrees. Last night we had a good old-fashioned spring/summer thunderstorm, which drenched all the flowers my wife just put in. And this week, we’ll be getting serious about putting our garden together. We’ve already planted some blackberry bushes and spinach and herbs, but this week we’re thinking corn, cucumbers, zucchini, cantaloupes, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, onions, potatoes, maybe even watermelons or pumpkins. We’ve got more space to work with this year than last, and we got a neighbor doing some extensive landscaping to donate close to a ton of fresh dirt for us to work with. We’ve got some high hopes for this year, that’s for sure.

There’s a lot that someone with my kind of philosophical sensibilities could say (and probably has said, many times before) about gardening, but for the moment, I think I’ll let John Denver–what, the original granola boy? yes indeed–do the talking. “Garden Song” wasn’t ever released as a single, so far as I know; it comes from his self-titled album John Denver . A simple , beautiful, and wise song. and gardening is, after all, a simple pleasure, one that–if you do right–will bless you with beauty and wisdom (and good food!) which is something everyone needs.

Inch by inch, row by row–
gonna make this garden grow.
All it takes is a rake and a hoe
and a piece of fertile ground.
Inch by inch, row by row–
Someone bless the seeds I sow.
Someone warm them from below,
’til the rain comes tumbling down.

Pulling weeds and picking stones–
man is made of dreams and bones.
Feel the need to grow my own
’cause the time is close at hand.
Grain for grain, sun and rain–
find my way in nature’s chain,
to my body and my brain,
to the music from the land.

Plant your rows straight and long,
thicker than with prayer and song.
Mother Earth will make you strong
if you give her love and care.
Old crow watching hungrily,
from his perch in yonder tree.
In my garden I’m as free
as that feathered thief up there.

Inch by inch, row by row–
gonna make this garden grow.
All it takes is a rake and a hoe
and a piece of fertile ground.
Inch by inch, row by row–
Someone bless the seeds I sow.
Someone warm them from below,
’til the rain comes tumbling down.

Posted by Russell Arben Fox at 1:36 PM  

9 comments:

I’m pretty sure this was originally by David Mallett, but covered by John Denver, among others.

Have a good weekend!

Sweet — I never knew that was a John Denver song. I knew it from Tom Hunter. Oh I see from drjubal’s comment, it was David Mallet’s song.

Russell, do yourself a favor and plant some perennials. We’ve been planting a few here and there for the last two years, and for the first time we actually have stuff coming up – it’s not sparse any more, the plants have crowded out most of the weeds, and they’re actually blooming! It looks like a real garden, finally.

Also, a word of warning about corn: if you’ve never planted it before (and I don’t know whether you have or not – I know you have some farm in your background), you can’t plant it in a single row. It won’t pollinate, because it’s strictly wind pollinated. You have to plant at least several rows. But you can do short rows. Good luck!

DrJubal–you know, I remember seeing “Mallett” on the lyrics, but I didn’t know what it referred to; I should have thought that it was probably a name and checked it. Thanks for the heads up.

Modesto Kid–I’m familiar with Tom Hunter, but I don’t know if he ever recorded “Garden Song.” Maybe he did though. I actually only know of this song because John Denver sang it on The Muppet Show , ages ago; I’ve never owned the album it’s off of.

Glen–we’re getting some perennials in, especially in the herb garden we’re working on. But it’s a piecemeal project. This is only the second growing season we’ve been in this home, so we’re taking what we can get. As for the corn, thanks for the reminder; we knew that about the wind pollination, and hope that the four short parallel rows we’ve planted will work well.

Tom Hunter played many times at my parents’ (Congregational) church in my childhood, and led us kids in sing-alongs. I’m pretty sure I learned “The Garden Song” from listening to him playing it and singing along. But couldn’t say whether he recorded it; IIRC my folks had a record of his but I don’t know if I ever listened to it.

(ObJohnDenver: Did you know he was in The Chad Mitchell Trio, before his solo career? I did not know this until recently.)

“This is only the second growing season we’ve been in this home, so we’re taking what we can get.”

Yeah, us too. It takes a couple of years to pay off. But it’s sure rewarding once it does.

“hope that the four short parallel rows we’ve planted will work well.”

That’s what we’ve done as well, and it seems to work okay. Occasionally get a less than fully pollinated ear, but for the most part they’re okay.

We’re trying sunflowers for the first time this year. Should be interesting.

I’ve heard this sung by several different people- any way you go about it, it’s a great song- and the Muppet Show version is one of my favorites. Happy planting!

I’m most partial to the Peter Paul and Mary live version myself. Re: Tom Hunter, we went to the same summer camp (me a few years after him) and they still sing his songs there thirty years later.

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                                        We plowed this field with a red mule we would rake and we would hoe
                                        Clear away the rocks and weeds plant the seeds and watch ’em grow
                                        Tend the crops until they’d blossom see the corn yellow and tall
                                        If the summer rains were kindly we’d have a harvest in the fall

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                                        Darling stand beside me and watch the setting sun
                                        If I die before you do one request I ask you please
                                        Pray Jesus take my soul let the harvest go to seed

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                                        Where the cries of the wolf hungy winds mournful sigh
                                        High above our little cabin lay my bones there to rest
                                        Where the wild birds and critters still make their little nests

                                        Oh who will reap the harvest when it ripens on the vine
                                        Who will tend the vineyard who will drink the new wine
                                        Darlin’ please remember let the harvest go to seed
                                        So the wild birds and critters will have enough to eat