The Other Side of the Sky Lyrics

THOREAU

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You sat on the lake, you sat on the lake

You sat on the lake, how long did it take

You lived off the pond, you lived off the pond

You lived off the pond, for how long

You built your home outta stick and stone

You built it with your hands from the land

You plowed the fields, planted the seeds

Reaped what you sowed, sold the beans

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You heard the train’s long refrain

You saw the men slice the ice

You watched the geese sail on the breeze

You watched in relief the coming of Spring

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You relished in the silent simplicity

You welcomed every visitor merrily

You learned the value of a silent night

You sailed the zephyr by moonlight

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You built your home outta stick and stone

You built it with your hands off the land

CERTAINTY OF UNCERTAINTY

The fragile, dormant seed

In the womb of the earth

Waits for the warm warm spring

Before it comes forth

I watch it all unfold

Technicolor life

A perennial kaleidoscope

Despite the winter, it survives

How can I see anything but mystery?

I just breathe the certainty of uncertainty

The universe expands

It feels like its getting smaller

But the truth demands

I stand a little taller

Fire catches from a spark

Tick of the clock sounds like

A simple question mark

How long is well-lived life?

How can I see anything but mystery?

I just breathe the immediacy of infinity

I let it be, whatever it might be

I believe the certainty of uncertainty

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SKY

We are at the mercy of the waves

Of a koan sea, a mystery

It’s a paradox

A Mobius dream

We sail on the ship of Theseus

We will make repairs here and there

But who are we

Lost on the koan sea

I will see you there, I will meet you there

We will fly on the other side of the sky

Don’t let anything tie you down

It’s a Gordian knot, all jumbled up

Just cut it loose

You can choose

Which way is up and which way’s down

The rules are changed when there is no ground

You don’t need wings

To fly to better things

I will see you there, I will meet you there

We will fly on the other side of the sky

The best way from point A to point B

Is to realize all the lies

Your ABCs

Are not what they seem

Where can one go to when unencumbered?

All places and names, letters and numbers

Lose their place

Get rearranged

I can see you there, you are already there

We can fly, we’re on the other side of the sky

We can fly, this is the other side of the sky

TO THE ONES WHO MAKE THE LIGHT

There’s a map of broken figures etched in the nighttime sky

We trace them with our fingers but we don’t quite know why

We dream and ponder, watch in wonder

As the night passes by

This is for the dreamers for whom reality unfolds

Who scries into their canvas as their dinner becomes cold

They laugh and cry, see with their eyes

Let their visions take control

Let not the ones who coast along in this great big life

Tell you what you cannot do, just because they never tried

We’re shaped by lovers, storytellers

The one’s who make the light

It takes a twisted mind to make a special key

That fits the lock inside the box to a new reality

Kick down the door, tear out the floor

Love is all we need

Pick up your brush and feathers and let the colors fly

The reverberation of a string will be your truest guide

Find the words and strike the chords

Let it go to the night

There’s a map of broken figures etched in the nighttime sky

We trace them with our fingers but we don’t quite know why

We dream and ponder, watch in wonder

As the night passes by

SILENCE

Silence is a song

You can listen

With your heart

You can sing along

If you remember

To play your part

Sometimes we have to sit in silence

Rather than dance in song

Sometimes the most sacred moments

Are with the dust motes in the light of the sun

Silence is a song

A love letter

Sent by the moon

Sun and rain and snow

They all sing it

You can sing it too

Sometimes we have to sit in silence

Rather than dance in song

Sometimes the most sacred moments

Are with the dust motes in the light of the sun

WORN OUT SHOES

Soles wear down just the same

No matter what road we take

Every journey takes a different route

But every path is made of the same ground

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How can I be angry with you

When you set down your worn out shoes

Next to mine?

We all bow down to a knee

Every now and then to tie a lace

Each shoe hides worn out feet

Yearning for some rest or a slower pace

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We can’t always help from stumbling

When we walk on the rugged dirt

But I’ll lend a hand if you start to fall

Together our feet will kiss the earth

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MEETING THE SKY

Each morning brings with it 

a beautiful palette

A strange sort of gray 

Gives way

To a gentle yellow orange

Sleepy, faded hues

Slowly gives way 

To an early morning blue

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So expansive, never ending

You seem so far

But somehow I know

Right here is where you are

No matter rain, storm, or snow

You love each cloud, then you let them go

So wise, the skies

Your very presence

So open and accepting

Equanimous heaven

Things change, it rains

Can those be tears?

As you love so many

And watch them disappear

Can the rain fall

Without falling apart?

You are so open

Nothing can break your heart

No matter rain, storm, or snow

You love each cloud, then you let them go

I stand here ready

And my heart expands

I meet the sky

Hand in hand

No matter the pain, form or flow

I love each moment, then I let them go

NOTHING CAN STOP THE RAIN

Sometimes I watch the rain

There’s something about it I can’t explain

I can’t describe the way I feel

It makes the world seem not so real

I just drink it in

Knowing the rain

Will wash away

I just run with it

Knowing that nothing

Can stop the rain

The time slows down

And I float on with the clouds

The air tastes so much cleaner

The green will grow much greener

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Rain will fall

Lightning will strike

Thunder will roll

Clouds they will build

I’ll answer the call

WHAT SAITH THE MOON?

What saith the moon

What saith the moon

What saith the moon

What saith the moon

What saith the moon

When the day takes hold

Breaks through the ranks

Of dark and of cold

What saith the stars 

When the storm of clouds

Lay their claim

On the sky so proud

The birds that sing

Be the king

Of branch and of wind

And of wing

The music of life

On the air

flows swiftly and sweetly 

everywhere

What saith the sun

What saith the sun

What saith the sun

When the night comes in

The crickets are ticking

Their relentless din

What saith the bees

When the cold it stings

The sleep and the deep

The nighttime brings

The owls that sing

Be the queen

Of branch and of wind

And of wing

The silence of dark

Thick as ice

Humble the slumber

In the night

What saith the earth

What saith the earth

What saith the earth

When Her kin comes round

Spoils the soils

Poisons the ground

What saith the trees

When the axe it swings

Bites and it fights

And their lives cease

The vibrant green

Bright as the sun

Fades with the day

Like blood it runs

FIres blaze

And the air it dies

Earth’s last breath

She gasps good bye

What saith human

What saith human

What saith human

With their outstretched arms

Deaf to the begs

Won by the charms

What saith human

When their gold runs out

A call to arms

What comes about

Most sought out green

Illusions at best

Forever toiling

Never at rest

Lies from the mouth

Tears them apart

But what they need

Lies in their hearts

THE MAN WHO LIVED ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

I met a man who lived on the edge of the world

He sat on the edge, with dangling feet

His eyes were blind to the world behind him

And he smiled as I took a seat

He smiled as I took a seat

The wisdom of ages lay plain on his face

And so I asked the man who lived on the edge of the world

Where is your fear? Aren’t you afraid?

Of falling off the edge

Of falling off the edge

Then said the man who lived on the edge of the world

Oh, there is fear. Sometimes I am afraid.

But there is thirst, so much thirst.

A hunger to learn to fly.

A wonder for the sky

Then I asked the man on the edge of the world

How can I find the wonder of the sky?

He told me you will never find it

If you don’t learn to fly

If you don’t jump and try

Then the man, he spread his arms wide

He leaned forward, began to fall

Lights of rainbow, lights so bright

His wings appeared and he took flight