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Jim Clark: Music

I Go by Ways of Rust and Flame

(Jim Clark)
November 22, 2010
Words: Byron Herbert Reece/Music: Jim Clark

This is considered by many to be Reece's "signature" lyric poem.  Being so brief, it is one of the few I had to take some liberties with in setting it to music; I turned the last four lines into a repeating chorus.  Most of my settings employ Reece's poems word for word; I deliberately chose not to alter Reece's word choice, syntax, etc.


See YouTube video here:


I Go by Ways of Rust and Flame



I go by ways of rust and flame

Beneath the bent and lonely sky;

Behind me on the ways I came

I see the hedges lying bare,

But neither question nor reply.


A solitary thing am I

Upon the roads of rust and flame

That thin at sunset to the air.

I call upon no word nor name,

And neither question nor reply

But walk alone as all men must

Upon the roads of flame and rust.