Traditional English words, recorded by ex-Incredible String Band member Robin Williamson with his 'Merry Band', on their 1979 album A Glint At the Kindling, where it was set to his own music (with 'fugal ideas' from Merry Band member Chris Caswell).

Though it's a song, there's much sage advice about the fire-worthiness of different kinds of wood.


Oak logs will warm you well
That are old and dry
Logs of pine will sweetly smell
But the sparks will fly
Birches long will burn too fast
Chestnut scarce at all sir
Hawthorn logs are good to last
That are cut well in the fall sir

Surely you will find
There´s no compare with the hard wood logs
That´s cut in the winter time

Holly logs will burn like wax
You could burn them green
Elm logs burn like smouldering flax
With no flame to be seen
Beech logs for winter time
Yew logs as well sir
Green elder logs it is a crime
For any man to sell sir

Surely you will find
There´s no compare with the hard wood logs
That´s cut in the winter time

Pear logs and apple logs
They will scent your room
And cherry logs across the dogs
They smell like flowers of broom
But ash logs, smooth and grey
Buy them green or old, sir
And buy up all that come your way
They´re worth their weight in gold sir

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