Garden Song…tune my body and my brain to the music from the land…

When I go out into the garden I often listen to music on my phone with headphones or, for an open air music effect, I’ll place the phone on a bin. As a ‘ritual’, I start off with Garden Song sung by  David Mallett (version: Inches and Miles album, 2009). Garden Song is simple, quaint, and folksy but I like it (blush)…not representative of all the music I listen to, but peaceful and inspiring.  Wikipedia describes Garden Song as “a popular children’s song and American folk song written by David Mallett in 1975”.  Elsewhere it is called an American folk classic.

Do you like Garden Song? Several other performers, such as Pete Seeger and John Denver, have also performed it. The YouTube version below isn’t exactly like the one on my phone, but it is close.  Do you have one or more favorite songs for gardening or working outside?

Performed in 1993 by songwriter Dave Mallett with Mark O’Connor, Jerry Douglas, Brent Mason, Glen Worf, and Harry Stinson.  Here are the lyrics:

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

And inch by inch, and row by row

Someone bless these seeds I sow

Someone warm them from below

Till the rain comes tumblin’ down

And pullin’ weeds and pickin’ stones

Man is made of dreams and bones 

Feel the need to grow my own

‘Cause the time is close at hand

And rain for grain, sun and rain

Find my way in nature’s chain

And tune my body and my brain

To the music from the land

Inch by inch and row by row

Gonna make this garden grow

All it takes is a rake and a hoe

And a piece of fertile ground

And inch by inch, and row by row

Someone bless these seeds I sow

And someone warm them from below

Till the rain comes tumblin’ down

Plant your rows straight and long

Temper them with prayer and song

And mother earth will make you strong

If you give her love and care

An old crow watchin’ hungrily

From his perch in yonder tree

And in my garden I’m as free

As that feathered thief up there

Inch by inch and row by row

Gonna make this garden grow

All it takes is a rake and a hoe

And a piece of fertile ground

And inch by inch, and row by row

Someone bless these seeds I sow

And someone warm them from below

Till the rain comes tumblin’ down

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4 thoughts on “Garden Song…tune my body and my brain to the music from the land…

  1. I think I have a recording of this song sung by John Denver (old!). A few years ago I taught it to my second grade general music students along with some other garden-themed songs for a performance. Thank you for posting this.

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    1. Thanks for sharing that…I didn’t hear it growing up (oh oh I was at university when it was written😏). I first heard about it in recent years–I wish I could recall precisely, but I think it was on a radio show and it was presented as a song about gardening.

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