-- Messenger Wind --
19 May 2001. Montpelier
In a horse-powered sleigh at the top of the town
sun coming up paints the snow all around with rose light
In front of the house where I’m supposed to be born
I don't think I'm ready to walk through that door just yet
To be one more voice in the human choir
rising like smoke from the mystical fire of the heart
The wind that blows through everything
sweeps out the halls of my heart when I sing to you
It carries the moon and the stars and the rain
Carries the seagulls and carries my shame away
Spins me around, stops me running away
from all the things I’ve been waiting to say
is bigger than you can imagine
Sun coming up paints the snow all around
Rose on the roofs and the trees and the ground
And the stream
In my dream
Messenger wind swooping out of the sky
Lights each tiny speck in my human kaleidoscope
Bruce Cockburn: Acoustic Guitar and Vocals
Gary Craig: Percussion Kit
Larry Taylor: Upright Bass
Hugh Marsh: Violins
Stephen Hodges: Marimba
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Editor's note: This song was first played in concert at the 1 March 2002, Boston, MA show.
"What I see happening in the face of all this darkness is something new in human spirituality, openness, some sense of our common destiny. We’ve got to keep nudging ourselves in the direction of good and respect for each other."
-- from Bruce Cockburns bio on Rounder Records.
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