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A Light Between the Branches (FAWM 2011 #9)

Posted by on 22 February 2011

Especially proud of this one. I conceived the a capella intro two weeks ago, recorded it, and then got nothing for almost two weeks. I didn't know what the song was supposed to be about, except in broad general terms.

Then, instead of trying to describe the entirety of our travel in Canada, I chose a single moment, one image that's stuck in my head, of a light between the branches of some aspen trees.

Listen to 'A Light Between the Branches'

As we've traveled I've discovered that the wide open spaces of Canada really appeal to me. Where we lived in northern California (and southern, now that I think about it) you could drive for hours, hours, and never leave the city. I mean, you could leave that city, but then you were just in this city, not the country.

This song is a snapshot of a fairly representative moment as we drove the Trans Canada Highway from Toronto, the nation's largest city, to Ottawa, the national capital. We spent 4 of the five hours in wilderness so beautiful I struggle to describe it. But here are the lyrics where I give it a shot:

A Light Between the Branches

heading north across the border to a land that feels like home
to a place a man can step outside and breathe
fill my lungs with all the songs nature's singin' out to me
where there's room to spread my arms and sing along

there's a light between the branches in a stand of aspen trees
that lift the stream up to the very sky
it whispers with a voice colored blue and white and gold
of peace for every soul that passes by

sky so wide I cannot see it all
trees of every color as far as eyes can see
listen to the rivers as they call
come lie in my arms and find the peace that means so much to me

there's a voice across the prairie that's calling out for me
to find my way out to another land
my soul fills all the spaces that are filling up my heart
with the comfort of a warm and gentle hand

sky so wide I cannot see it all
trees of every color as far as eyes can see
listen to the rivers as they call
come lie in my arms and find the peace that means so much to me

heading north across the border to a land that feels like home
to a place a man can step outside and breathe
fill my lungs with all the songs nature's singin' out to me
where there's room to spread my arms and sing along

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