The Earth Says to The Earth

One of my favourite songs in the shop: The text was gathered from the gravestone of James Ramsey d.1761 in Melrose kirkyard by the Scots song collector and antiquarian William Macmath 1844-1922. The original text reads: The earth goeth on the earth, Glistening like gold. The earth goeth to the earth, Sooner than it would. The earth builds on the earth, Castles and towers. The earth says to the earth, All shall be ours.




SATB with an A and B section. A section stands on its own for a quicker learn. A 2 or 3 part version can be made by singing S, A; S,A,T; or A,T

Text Source

Alison Burns, via William Macmath and Melrose Kirkyard


Oh the earth says to the earth
All shall be ours, all shall be ours
All your castles and all your towers
All shall be ours, all shall be ours.

We, we are the earth
We, we who build castles and towns
We who glisten like gold
We are the earth, we are the earth

What’s included?

pdf of background notes and teaching ideas, pdf of score, mp3 recording of whole song, mp3 separate parts


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