Where the Thorn Trees Grow

by The Yirdbards

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Simple Life 03:16
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River Song 03:04
Refrain Flow River, slow river, life giver, long liver Flow river, slow river, carry me home Up in the steep ridges Far from the big bridges White felt of snow melt And you're on your own, so..... [refrain] Down from the treeline At the end of the incline In the dam you will drown But it only slows you down And you're on your way, [refrain] Firshermen may steal your treasure Boatmen your deep may measure And, with wistful sighs Gaze in your eye As you show them themselves, [refrain] You are a hand with many fingers That seldom ever lingers But you rest your head As you slowly spread On the bed of the surly sea, [refrain]
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Everyone’s helping themselves They’re doing their best to get more than the rest And there’s nothing left on the shelf So get in there fast while the dwindling stocks last And don’t give a damn for tomorrow Make sure that you live for today To get it you’ll beg, steal or borrow Before it all vanishes away Don’t try to say it’s unjust You drank it all up and you just drained the cup And it was left to you in trust But you like a fool made an ocean a pool And what once was a garden of eden You made into a desert of sand You could have made it all last forever But you let it get out of hand Suddenly all of it’s gone You were so clever, it would last you forever And don’t blame the rest you’re the one You never dreamed it was as bad as it seemed You wouldn’t heed all the warnings And you wouldn’t listen to sense Now you can stand there surrounded by nothing And wonder where the hell it all went Everyone’s helping themselves Time for a Change
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I am a hewer of wood and a drawer of water As the sun stays low in the sky For worlds I would not take the life of a roadman I’ll work on the land till I die I round up the horses with oats in my pocket Then groom and harness the day The horseman’s task is to collar and bridle And Beauty and Prince work their way Between the two ricks made of corn and of straw The clatter of belts fills our ears The grain it is threshed and the dust it blows higher The mighty machine takes our years There are ditches to clear and hedges to lay No labour has more to show I change the face and the look of this farmstead Far more than a rook or a crow
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Robin Song 02:34
Refrain Green, orange, brown and grey Are the colours I sing all the day They’re the colours of me, the colours of you The song of the seasons too (x2) Grey’s where the colour rests Where the song lies under my breast It’s the time of the year when the life moves within It’s when I build my own nest Green is there if you look It grows from my earthly brown It’s the life you can see It’s the loving in me The light of a new spring day Refrain Orange is my fiery breast That rules my heart you see It stands for the life that’s revealed within Summer’s own glory in me I’m a Robin by now you have guessed I’m the seasons where life is all blessed If you see this in you, you’ll see me there too The song of the sky in the blue Refrain x 2
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Time for a change, time for a change (I think it’s time for a change) Time for a change, time for a change Time for a change, time for a change (I think it’s time for a change) Time for a change, time for a change Don’t you think that the time it is right, show your colours and get ready to fight; Don’t you think that the hour it is here, go with your conscience you have nothing to fear. Chorus Put behind you all the years full of doubt, forget embarrassment, it’s time to come out; Look in the mirror, look yourself in the eye, say you can do it, so go out there and try. Oh the writings on the wall, time for thinking big and walking tall; Learn to stand on your own feet, you know you cannot fall. Chorus Don’t you think that you waited enough, don’t stay silent now the going is rough; Don’t let yourself be kicked to the ground, show yourself to the world all around. Oh the writings on the wall, time for thinking big and walking tall; Learn to stand on your own feet, you know you cannot fall. Chorus

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released January 3, 2012

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The Yirdbards England, UK

The Yirdbards lead singer Paul Darby first came to prominence in the early ‘70s as one half of the duo Windfall, and over the ensuing years he used his musical talent to raise thousands of pounds for Greenpeace. ‘I sing’ he says, ‘because it gives me pleasure. With The Yirdbards’ line up of cello and acoustic guitars, there’s more space for intimacy and subtlety. ... more

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