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A Thousand years

I used to play on the river like moonlight on the lops,

Like an elder speaking its spirit never stops,

So ancient, patient, moving like the breeze,

Drinking the water that’s reflected the leaves for a thousand years.

I used to speak to the river in words I’d understand,

Then I’d kill my dinner and I’d eat it with my hands,

So endless, relentless, so restless and free,

Respect for the water that’s been so good to me for a thousand years.

You’re the geese in the fall,

You’ve somewhere to be,

I’m a seal in the spring time caught on a flow,

Don’t know where I’m going just happy to go.

Let me paint you a picture of a wild land,

Sewn together by the grace of a weathered hand,

So cast off, signed off, I’m not ready to leave,

Like the fading memories of the old man and me for a thousand years

I’m dreaming of the stream and I don’t want to leave,

Like the fading memories of the old man and me for a thousand years

 

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butter and snow

I want to live in Butter and Snow,

Where I watched my mom and dad get old,

Deep in the heart of this great big bay,

They’ll burry my bones someday.

I learned to love in Butter and Snow,

Holding hands down at the shore,

I remember that summer day,

When you told me you were going away,

Your folks decided they’d split for town,

I decided that I’d stick around,

But I don’t regret it a day,

This is my home and this is where I belong,

And if you don’t like it then the rabbits won’t mind,

If you can’t wait, baby, all I have is time,

But no mind to convince you to stay,

My words are few but my heart finds a way,

Because…

I want to live in Butter and Snow,

Where I watched my mom and dad get old,

Deep in the heart of this great big bay,

They’ll burry my bones someday.

But you won’t have to dig deep to find me,

Oh my soul,

Is gonna be in a cabin down Butter and Snow,

Falling asleep beneath the stars,

Falling asleep beneath the stars,

Oh my soul

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autumn wandering

I’m going to find a peaceful nature,

Where the wind comes from,

I’m going to find a peaceful nature,

When I’m done.

Where questions are answered,

And your wounds disappear,

I’m going to find a peaceful nature,

Just not here. 

I’ll get a world away,

I won’t send you letters I’ll pray,

I’d give my world to get a world away.

Because I want to see a maple tree blushing,

I want to feel the autumn wind rushing,

All of my family and friends singing about something,

It’s autumn wandering,

It’s all and it’s nothing.

I’ll get a world away,

I won’t send you letters I’ll pray,

I’d give my world to get a world away.

How pretty you must’ve looked in the bonfire glow,

I remember how you wrote our names with ashes in the snow.

I come out here way out here,

And let this song just write itself,

Listening to the fire crackling,

I put another book on my shelf,

Because questions are answered,

And your wounds disappear,

I’m going to find a peaceful nature,

It’s right here.

I’ll get a world away,

I won’t send you letters I’ll pray,

I’d give my world to get a world away.

I’d give my world to get a world away.

 
 
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North Atlantic april

“Daddy, I love the wind,” she said,

With tears in her eyes and her cheeks turning red,

And her pockets filled with rocks,

Bottle caps, and dandelion tops.

Like a North Atlantic April,

You’re so young and you’re so capable, yeah,

Like a North Atlantic April, 

You’re golden, unmistakable, yeah,

But you’re as cold and you’re as distant,

As the shores of Labrador.

Little hands as cold as ice,

The sun sits low like its afraid of heights,

Little feet won’t hesitate,

You’ve got time but not enough to wait.

Like a North Atlantic April,

You’re so young and you’re so capable, yeah,

Like a North Atlantic April, 

You’re golden, unmistakable, yeah,

But you’re as cold and you’re as distant,

As the shores of Labrador.

Little feet that won’t hesitate,

You’ve got time but not enough to wait,

There’s still some winter to this wind,

Hold me now, daddy, I don’t wanna go in.

I’m a mountain to this rock,

I’m a puddle to this lake,

A legend to my joke,

Too serious to laugh,

And too sacred to mistake, 

Like a North Atlantic April,

Golden, unmistakable, yeah.

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canoe

This water’s too muddy to see through,

I fell out of a canoe,

I couldn’t swim and somehow you knew.

We sat and threw rocks at the water all day,

I held on to the words you said,

I was a lie and you spoke the truth.

Strong words are easy to say,

Harder than blood to wash away,

There is nothing easy about this.

The night came on with its threatening chill,

The wind died down and the water got still,

You said “I can’t believe it’s august.”

I could talk to the water all day,

As it carries my thoughts away,

That’s totally something you’d say.

Strong words are easy to say,

Harder than blood to wash away,

There is nothing easy about this

You held my hand under freezing water,

You broke my heart and ruined the summer. 

Strong words are easy to say

Harder than blood to wash away,

There is nothing easy about this

At all…At all.

I was a lie and you spoke the truth

I couldn’t swim and somehow you knew

I was a lie and you spoke the truth

I held on to the words you said

I was a lie and you spoke the truth

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october already

October already and it already feels,

Like we’ve been here forever,

Cold breaks the deal,

And as we head into this dull refrain,

Take comfort in change.

Oh, the comfort we feel,

As the world lays down,

With its promise to keep,

That all life must end,

The poet comes alive,

As the world falls to sleep.

And the wind doesn’t take a breath it seems,

Blowing hard against the lines,

Things never fall in place,

But they fall out sometimes,

Take comfort in change.

Oh, the comfort we feel,

As the world lays down,

With its promise to keep,

That all life must end,

The poet comes alive,

As the world falls to sleep.

And I feel I’m heading home,

And all life is letting go,

Of what you think you know,

No choice but to turn my face to the snow,

No choice but to take comfort in change,

Take comfort in…

Change, Change, Change

 
 
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summer wind

I never thought I’d settle for bad timing,

But I’ve been in the wrong place too many times,

I always said that I wouldn’t go down easy,

But pride goes down smooth with a bottle of wine.

There we were heading for the highway,

But somehow we knew we’d be home before our time,

What I wouldn’t give to be on that highway,

Driving with you one more time.

Summer wind, where did you go to?

Are you scared, are you lost in the places you begin?

Can I catch up to you?

Can you make me feel brand new?

 If I promise I can help with all the things that are asked of you?

A sandy girl with rainbows up in her hair,

I felt so close but I fell so far behind,

I often wonder where she’s to and how she’s doing,

And if I ever even cross her mind,

And if I ever even cross her mind. 

Can I catch up to you?

Can you make me feel brand new?

If I promise I can help with all the things that are asked of you?

The things that are asked of you 

 

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trap cove lullaby

I want to sail away with you through the wind out on the ocean,

A salty rainbow spraying over me,

And those islands in the distance that seem to catch the sunset falling,

Each one with a story of its own.

And the one that I recall where the wind wouldn’t let you fall,

With you there beside me I wasn’t scared at all [repeat].

With your blue eyes on the skies and my green eyes on the ocean,

I could hear the harbour sing to me,

In a voice so full of wisdom and in ancient melody,

Singing “by the time I get to Trap Cove I’ll be free.”

And the song I sang for you about the hills where the berries grew,

When I close my eyes I can still see you waltzing too [repeat]

I want to sail away with you through the wind out on the ocean, 

A salty rainbow spraying over me.