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Down in the Dark

      When the fox slinks silent from his lair,
      The robin sings a final air,
      And the moonlight wakes the sleeping hare,
      Its then we take our part..

                 Down in the dark where no-one can see us,
                 Down in the dark through the sand and the loam,
                 Down in the dark where no-one can hear us,
                 Old Brock he's a digging, digging, digging.
                 Old Brock he's a digging, digging his home.

      We spend the daytime in the deep
      Then walk abroad, while others sleep.
      We to ourselves our counsel keep,
      For that's our ancient way.....

                 Down in the dark where no-one can see us,
                 Down in the dark through the sand and the loam,
                 Down in the dark where no-one can hear us,
                 Old Brock he's a digging, digging, digging.
                 Old Brock he's a digging, digging his home.

      One by one we venture out,
      For any danger cast about.
      Then turn again if there's any doubt,
      For time is on our side......

                 Down in the dark where no-one can see us,
                 Down in the dark through the sand and the loam,
                 Down in the dark where no-one can hear us,
                 Old Brock he's a digging, digging, digging.
                 Old Brock he's a digging, digging his home.

      There's no top table in our hall,
      We favour none but care for all.
      If you can't climb then you can't fall,
      And so we keep our law......

                 Down in the dark where no-one can see us,
                 Down in the dark through the sand and the loam,
                 Down in the dark where no-one can hear us,
                 Old Brock he's a digging, digging, digging.
                 Old Brock he's a digging, digging his home.

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© Tim Brooks March 2015

About this Song

It occurred to me that there weren't any folk songs about badgers, so I undertook to write one. (I have since learned of two others!)

My first plan - to research folklore about badgers and use that as a basis for a song fell flat - as I couldn't find any useful material - there seems to be very littl folklore about badgers.

- so this gave me something to write about - the seeming privacy of badgers.

More ideas came from the wildlife on line web site, where their observations give a great insight into the social behavior of badgers, in particular the following text which I have reflected in the fourth verse.

" Interestingly, countless hours of direct observation have failed to demonstrate any dominancy hierarchy among badgers - many badger biologists consider that there is a hierarchy, and observations by amateur enthusiasts seem to support this idea, but that it is probably our finite methods of observation fail to detect it."

Media files

Audio and Video files

  mp3 - solo acapella performance of Down in the Dark

Printable Song Sheet

  Here is a printable pdf file of the lyric-with and without the chords I use