Song of the land sings. Easter morning radio

On Easter Morning I’m singing on THE FOLK SHOW, with Meg & Nia and Michael Smith. We’re honoring the late Folksinger Norm Hacking with our arrangement of This One’s The Dreamer, the emotional ode to his Canadian homeland that he wrote with Michael. Seems fitting to give Norm a nod, as we celebrated Earth Day this week (4/22 US, 4/20 CA) and prepare for our May Day concert at SPACE Sunday May 1.

LISTEN: 11 – 11:30 am, April 24, The Folk Show WNUR 89.3 FM.
On the web at wnur.org/folk

Here are Norm‘s lyrics.  The melody is Michael’s.

This One’s the Dreamer

This ones the dreamer
This one’s lookin for the heart of the matter
This one’s a lonesome traveler, so far from home
Who listens to a different drummer
sometimes to the wind that’s hummin’
in the pines when the trees are still, can you hear it

This one’s the dreamer
drawing a map like the lines on his face
with a pen that’s dipped in whiskey, blood,
sweat from his brow
Who kneels at the supper table
whispering grace while he is able
Sleeping, when the thunder howls, can you hear it?

The wider your rivers I will cross them
The longer your highways, I will ride
The farther off your mountains, I will be there to climb them
The clearer the view, the more I see, the more I love you

This ones a coal dust voice
lumber jack laugh that topples the forest
saw and fiddle and a banjo chorus longtime gone
who join in the native dancing
to celebrate the harvest and sweet romancin’
song of the land sings, can you hear it?

The wider your rivers I will cross them
The longer your highways, I will ride
The farther off your mountains, I will be there to climb them
The clearer the view, the more I see, the more I love you

This one’s the dreamer
This one’s young and free
raw and restless, like a wild stallion
Runnin cross the plains
Who hears the midnight whistle
clackety, clack the wheels of the tressle
Rollin neath a prairie moon, can you hear it?

The wider your rivers I will cross them
The longer your highways, I will ride
The farther off your mountains, I will be there to climb them
The clearer the view, the more I see, the more I love you

Thanks, Norm!

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