The Light On The Water

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To that land, sorrow
In whispers I have known
And heard told of a secret that lies therein
One true release from despair and sin

It fell to me,
Gift in mystery
And I carried it down to the world below
Down in a time when the passions grow

For this world, I yearned
To love me in return
But only a siren can beg and plead
With the light on the water and in the trees

And it moved within
One like a spirit wind
I pictured her as a glimmering stream
That flows from the heart of the endless dream

Come drink at last
This poison in my glass
Once, only once, and forever again
Come take my hand
And through the shifting sands
Walk in this shadow, a world without end

Because hell we froze,
And gates of heaven closed
The Holy, Holy Lord of Hosts
Has dissolved in the mist as a living ghost

So to whither away
As the hours and the days go by
But I can yet be moved
And the sands ever soothe my pride

In that wellspring
Water is wine
Bringing everything to life
In that morning
Bright as the mind
Love is on a wing

But the rose from the ground I could not beseech
The light on the water was out of reach

In this land I roam,
To find the long way home
If you tell me the secret I knew before
All that I ask, and nothing more


from Fields Burning, released February 11, 2015



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Fields Burning Washington, D.C.

Fields Burning is the creation of composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist Ethan Foote and vocalist Wanda Perkins.

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