A Sheep Shanty

(Words and music by and © Talis Kimberley, 2014)

Length – 2:59

Spring’s on the hoof, is it time, is it time –
To move the fences around?
I’ll help with your flock if you’ll help with mine –
Move the sheep and the fences around.

Alfie Purl, Christopher, Ruby and Zack;
Move the sheep and the fences around!
Take the ones from the front and put these in the back
Move the sheep and the fences around.

And the grass in the field will be sweet, will be sweet
We’ll move the fences around!
I can’t help but smile when I hear the lambs bleat
Move the sheep and the fences around.

Alfie Purl, Christopher, Ruby and Zack;
Move the sheep and the fences around!
Take the ones from the front and put these in the back
Move the sheep and the fences around.

Oh and this summer’s fleece will be fine, will be fine
We’ll move the fences around!
I’ll help your shearing if you’ll help with mine
Move the sheep and the fences around.

Alfie Purl, Christopher, Ruby and Zack;
Move the sheep and the fences around!
Take the ones from the front and put these in the back
Move the sheep and the fences around.

It’s like chess on a farm and the farm always wins
We’ll move the fences around
Till they’re all on the bits they’re supposed to be in –
Move the sheep and the fences around.

Alfie Purl, Christopher, Arwen and Ben;
Move the sheep and the fences around!
Seems to me they’re all back where they started again:
Move the sheep and the fences around.

Sing: Alfie Purl, Christopher, Ruby and Zack;
Move the sheep and the fences around!
Take the ones from the front and put these in the back
Move the sheep and the fences around.


A Little Bit About 'A Sheep Shanty'...

I thought I’d written my sheep song. I did. But the more time I spent with the flock and the folk who farm there, the more I learned, and anyway, everyone loves a shanty, don’t they? All the names in this song are real sheep. I’m so glad Alfie Purl got to be named in a song. And this says a lot that’s true about farming.


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