He came from out of nowhere
On a silent wind
A lull to dull the senses
Before a storm begins
His heart was strong
His resolve was tough
That no back-stabbing butchers’ knives
Could ever hope to pierce
Throughout their miserable lives
Beneath the cloak
Beneath the hood
A powerful force of nature stood
He crossed the Bridge of Success
On a single coin’s good luck
He built his wealth on property
On coal-mines and livestock
Beside him in his mansion
His woman stood strong and sleek
Whilst the almshouse that he built
Showed compassion for the meek
Was a power for the greater good
No portraits hung, no songs were sung
For this man of mystery
With all knowledge and all memory
Swallowed by History
He came, he chanced, he conquered
Till at last his ghost dispersed
On another silent wind
That blew in unrehearsed
Strong the mind, the spirit and the blood
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Helen Temperley's first illustration from the project 'The Butcher Baronet'.
This song was commissioned and specially-written for the upcoming project 'The Butcher Baronet', in collaboration with Lone Pine Pictures, about the 17th Century Durham City historical figure John Duck.
Other songs and tunes from this project include : -
'The Beer Token'
'The Butcher Baronet'
'Flesh and Bone'
'Golden Journey: Through Air / Over Water / To Earth / On Fire'
'Here's to You, John Duck!'
'John's Jacobus (Inscription)'
'Now I Dream'
'Top of the Hill'