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New Year Winter 2015

14 swans on the ice of the viaduct
asleep their beaks in their wings
White moon over the jail on Wilkinson,
so alive to what the new year will bring
Freedom is s coffeepot, the element glowing
Beauty sundown over the flats
I'll go and play my trumpet for the dead and not forgotten
Raise a toast to the looking glass

And I'll sing, for you my friend
As each day unfolds, you'll ride the light 'til that day's end
When you close your eyes, you'll know the truth
Whether you've moved or dealt in the manner that you were meant to

Blackbird trills on a cattail spire, suddenly I'm five
In the back of a pick-up with a roll of barb wire,
he's on the fence as we motor on by
Freedom two wheels rolling in your favour
Beauty Miles with the phones on
I'll take my direction with an eye to the hills
Say a benediction for all done and gone

And I'll sing, for you my friend
As each day unfolds, you'll ride the light 'til that day's end
When you close your eyes, you'll know the truth
Whether you've moved or dealt in the manner that you were meant to

Down on the beach on a January morn sun about to round the curve
Broke from my bungalow hours ago
I've come to relish my time on earth
Freedom is a bufflehead ahead of schedule
Beauty fire in a circle of stones
I take my medicine in a double dosage
Douse the flames and set out for home

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from Evening Bird Songs II, released February 17, 2015

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