Tuesday, 11 January 2011

The Woodcutter's Song

To continue the 'Logs' theme...

There are various versions of this rhyme but my favourite has to be this one, by Robin Williamson:

Now, oak logs’ll warm you well
That are old and dry
Logs of pine will sweetly smell
But the sparks will fly
Birch logs’ll burn too fast
And chestnut scarce at all, sir
And hawthorn logs are good to last
That are cut well in the fall, sir

Why, surely you will find
There’s no compare with the hardwood logs
That's cut in winter time

Holly logs’ll burn like wax
You could burn them green
Elm logs burn like smouldering flax
With no flames to be seen
Beech logs for winter time
Yew logs as well, sir
Green elder logs, it is a crime
For any man to sell, sir

Why, surely you will find
There's no compare with the hardwood logs
That's cut in winter time

Pear logs and apple logs
They will scent your room
And cherry logs across the dogs
They smell like flowers of broom
But ash logs smooth and grey
Buy them green or old, sir
And buy up all that comes your way
For they’re worth their weight in gold, sir

Robin Williamson: The Woodcutter's Song - Lyrics


  1. Hi,

    I've been trying to find this rhyme for quite some time
    after seeing it hanging in a frame
    on a pub wall in Norfolk.

    ( Seriously quite a time, we are talking back in 2003 here!! )

    So thank you for posting it,
    I can FINALLY stop searching!! ;-)

  2. Hello, welcome!
    And thanks for the comment.

    It's the sort of thing you remember, isn't it? If not the detail. Useful too!
    I love Robin Williamson's version (did you have a listen?) - actually, that's probably the best way to learn it!


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