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Thread #17996   Message #176663
Posted By: Willie-O
11-Feb-00 - 10:22 AM
Thread Name: Songs about farm folk
Subject: RE: Help: Songs about farm folk
"Break the Law" was written by Doug McArthur, another Canadian songwriter. (At that point in Garnet's career he wasn't performing his own songs yet.) Someone mentioned workhorses--Garnet also sang Archie Fisher's song "Denbrae", a lovely and moving Scottish tribute:

They were two bonnie blacks with white faces and feet
In the country around, they could never be beat
And you'd look far and wide, tween the Forth and the Tay
For to match my two Clydesdales, the pride of Denbrae.

Another obvious genuine Canuck rancher/singer is of course Ian Tyson. Pick up his album "18 Inches of Rain", the title song is a good kind of western swing complaint about life on a ranch where

"Me and this old outfit, have both seen better days."

"Not a broke horse on the place,
Pickup truck won't go
Tractor lost a wheel, bout a week ago
The wind is from the east, blowin' hard across the plains
I'm high and lonesome, waitin' for a change...