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St Anthony's Digging a Hole

from Glasgow by Findlay Napier

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St Anthony is the patron saint of gravediggers. I listened to a Radio 4 documentary called “How to Dig a Grave” by Cathy Fitzgerald. This song is based on her interviews with some West of Scotland gravediggers.


St Anthony’s Digging a Hole Findlay Napier

St Anthony stands shovel in hand
Unbroken ground lies before him
A forest of stones of long buried bones
St Anthony cuts off the turf

St Anthony passes the time of the day
Looks out on a landscape with love
He sees the things the end of life brings
St Anthony shovels out soil

He watches hearts break, he takes the strain
He waits till it’s all over
You don’t know how deep it gets
Till you work down in the hole
St Anthony’s digging a hole

So Anthony dreams of a box lined with lead
They’ll never forget about him
When the party has gone after he’s weighed them down
For the last time he fills in a hole


from Glasgow, released October 13, 2017
Findlay Napier- Vocals and Acoustic Guitar


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Findlay Napier Glasgow, UK

One of Scotland's finest songwriters. In 2021 he was nominated for Musician of the Year at the Scot’s Trad Music Awards and in 2018 he was the first solo act to be nominated for Live Act of the Year. Described as Micheal Marra meets Elvis Costello, a Caledonian Loudon Wainwright or a Scottish James Taylor this master storyteller's songs are full of earthy humour, hopeless love and biting satire. ... more


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