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oh darlin’ …
arise from your mossy bed
leave your lichen dreams behind
the deer have left clear trails for you to find
lift the bough to the left
press the bough to the right
today has something special for you
oh darlin’, there’s a man a-knocking
on your door at midnight most days
he’s a handsome stranger with lots of wisdom
and he’s come to help you on your way
oh my darlin’, you have so
much love ahead of you
somedays you’ll feel like you can fly
or like Hercules standing against the azure sky
and other days you’ll feel like
you don’t have the will to carry on
to carry out your dreams
you’ll choke on truth
and your body will get sick instead
but the wondrous thing is
help is everywhere
and it comes in the strangest of ways
so poetic and poignant is the fare
like in springtime
when peeper frogs
rise from the mud
they’re happy, they’re laughing
they’re calling for love at the top of their lungs
like you thought you never could
and they did instead
healing is in the air
life is a precious ring given to us by love
to polish and shine with all we learn
with all we earn
like perhaps forgiving others and
getting on with loving ourselves instead
and shining will be the eyes of your friends
holding your perfection when you can’t
when you recant your soul
and descend into darkness
on your way to the miracle of spring
oh darlin’, the gift of your sensitivity
is truly a gift
though you’ll be told
it is a weakness, a handicap
in fact, you’ll be the sound of the ocean
before we see it
(you’ll keep us safe and on track)
but this also means
you’ll be standing in the village square
feeling nauseous and deaf
you’ll just be picking up what’s left
after all the hangings that took place there
oh my darlin, when things don’t make sense
when things feel desperate and insane
all beauty doomed
remember the choice
that’s always yours to make
in the blink of an eye, the all-seeing eye
you can choose to change
coal into diamonds
with compassion and love
and greater understanding instead …
and as we learn to do such things
with all our heart and soul and might
with the intensity of single sight
we’ll see things we’ve never seen before
they say we will do this and much more
we will have the healing hands
to help the ones we love
which will be every living thing
oh darlin, only touch the things that turn you on
let whatever makes you dark and
dull and drained be gone
even if people criticize and say you’re wrong
this makes for a life that’s beautiful and bright
a life that shines with your own light
a life where you wake up everyday
excited to be up and on your way
and that makes for a love of this world
where separation has no place
is replaced by the sound of bells
and wings, and the upsweep to grace
oh darlin’, there’s a man a-knockin’
on your door at midnight these days


from ANGELS BEND CLOSER, released November 18, 2016
Jane: vocals, piano
Rebecca Jenkins: backing vocals
Ali Hughes: backing vocals
Kevin Fox: cello, acoustic guitar
Elijah Abrams: bass
Larry Tuttle: electric bass
Rich Moore: bass harmonics
Drew Jurecka: violin
Rebekah Wolkstein: violin
Brandon Chui: viola
Amy Laing: cello
David Travers-Smith: trumpets, e-flat peck horns, metal percussion
Carolyn Fazio: synths, virtual instruments
Bells: St. Paul’s, London (on Jane and Gwyllym’s walk)


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