Music Monday: Witch Of The Westmoreland By Stan Rogers

It’s been a while since I posted for Music Monday, kept meaning to, but a lot of the songs that were sticking around my head were ones I’ve already posted. Maybe it’s time to build a new writing soundtrack for my work in progress.


I had a house guest a while back, and my pal Clare usually gets me thinking of Stan Rogers (for a lot of reasons, but mostly because he’s playing on her laptop whenever she’s out). In fact, I had a long rambling blog post about “Barrett’s Privateers” which I deleted, because I’ve already used that song! I suppose it would’ve been funny (and I often feel like a broken man on a Halifax pier) but it did get me digging a bit deeper into Stan Rogers’ catalogue than The Very Best Of…

This song is hardly new, but it was new to me, and I really dig it, and it’s definitely going to find its way onto one writing soundtrack or another.

Pale was the wounded knight, that bore the rowan shield
Loud and cruel were the raven’s cries that feasted on the field
Saying “Beck water cold and clear will never clean your wound
There’s none but the witch of the Westmoreland can make thee hale and soond”

Write on!