A Man Of Words (text Anon​.​, music David Ward Maclean)

by David Ward Maclean



My one and only setting of lyrics not written by me. Composed and performed for The Auden Society on the Centenary of his birth in 2006.This is a very old rhyme, attributed to John Fletcher, but probably anon.

Engineer: Carl Hetherington.

Recorded York, 2007


A man of words and not of deeds
Is like a garden full of weeds
And when the weeds begin to grow
It's like a garden full of snow
And when the snow begins to fall
It's like a bird upon the wall
And when the bird away does fly
It's like an eagle in the sky
And when the sky begins to roar
It's like a lion at the door
And when the door begins to crack
It's like a stick across your back
And when your back begins to smart
It's like a penknife in your heart
And when your heart begins to bleed
You're dead, and dead, and dead indeed.


released September 2, 2016



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