Listen to the Winning Song - Edinburgh Folk Club’s Songwriting Competition 2016

Have a listen to the winning song in Edinburgh Folk Club’s Songwriting Competition 2016. The competition took place in the Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Edinburgh on Wednesday 1 June 2016 at 8pm and it was the 40th anniversary of the competition.

The winning song came from Lanarkshire songwriter Tom Clelland who has been described as a major talent by Living Tradition magazine and "one of the most respected performers on the Scottish folk music scene" by Celtic Music Radio.

Regarding this song he said “I'm not all that interested in social media. The song started about three years ago when I reluctantly got a Facebook Page.  One of the first people to contact me was Dave Gibb who said "Welcome to Facebook. Welcome the the thief of time". The song is about things that distract us, that steal our valuable time, that take us away from what we intended to do. Some songs complete  themselves quickly but this one wasn't finished until recently.

Find out more about Tom at www.tomclelland.co.uk

Wooed Away

She’s bright as a morning in May,
As warm as a midsummer’s day.
She’s sweet as the song of the beach rose at dawn
And ah but she’s wooed away.
Ah but she’s wooed away
And wasnae she wooed away?
By pleasures and wealth,
Temptation itself,
Her promises - blossoms and blooms that decay.
And ah but she’s wooed away
Ah but she’s wooed away.

And all my intentions were good
But I’ve wasted more time than I should.
Resolve disappears - it fades with the years
And I’m left only doubts that I could.
Ah but I’m wooed away
And wasnae I wooed away?
By pleasures and wealth,
Temptation itself,
All my promise was blossoms and blooms that decay.
And ah but I’m wooed away
Ah but I’m wooed away.

And are all politicians but rogues
Who herry and trap like a snare?
Wi their visions of power and their looking-glass towers,
They just talk like they really do care.
Ah but they’re wooed away
And arenae they wooed away?
By pleasures and wealth,
Temptation itself,
Their promises blossoms that bloom and decay.
And ah but they’re wooed away
Ah but they’re wooed away.

From the drive and ambition of youth
And the fire that ran deep in our veins,
Like stars burning bright, we could light up the night
And we never did think we might change.
Ah but we’re wooed away
And werenae we wooed away?
By pleasures and wealth,
Temptation itself,
Our promises- blossoms that bloom and decay.
And ah but we’re wooed away
Ah but we’re wooed away.

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