Thursday, March 15, 2007

Escarpment Blues


Escarpment Blues
If they blow a hole in my backyard
Everyone is gonna run away
The creeks won’t flow to the Great Lake below
Will the water in the wells still be ok?

We’ll need to build some new apartments
And I know we’re gonna have to fix the roads
But if we blow a hole in the escarpment
The wild ones won’t have anywhere to go

If they blow a hole in the backbone
The one that runs cross the muscles of the land
We might get a load of stone for the road
But I don’t know how much longer we can stand

We’ll keep driving on the Blind Line
If we don’t know where we want to go
Even knowledge that’s sound can get watered down
Truth can get sucked out the car window

We’re two-thirds water
What do we really need?
But sun, showers, soil and seed
We’re two-thirds water
The aquifers provide
Deep down in the rock
There’s a pearl inside

If they blow a hole in the backbone
The one that runs across the muscles of the land
We might get a load of stone for the road
But I don’t know how much longer we can stand
- Sarah Harmer.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Christine Neale said...

I would describe The name of the Rose as interesting in a slow way; I think it may be one of those stories which creeps up on you and grabs you near the end - at least that is what I am hoping! Wish I had your email address. Love ya, C.

5:15 PM  
Blogger James said...

How timely, I had just read this about a recent victory in her fight for her backyard:

http://www.thestar.com/News/article/192032

9:05 AM  
Blogger kim francis said...

we're studying Christo right now in design, and that image on her front page reminds me of 'running fence' or his 'valley curtain'.

Sarah Harmer. She's so good. Love her!

3:15 PM  
Blogger Simply Victoria said...

I love sarah harmer. she is a real minstrel. a poet with musical talent.

5:48 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

This is a great documentary. Thanks so much for the gift, Matthew...It's amazing how this documentary opens up a whole new world of "place" to her most recent cd. Such an important cause, the escarpment. This song is beautiful and it is so true too!

4:37 PM  

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