Walking in Paradise (The Ballad of a Triple​-​Crowner)

by Elizabeth Hummel

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This song was a birthday present for Michael, commissioned by Marilyn and Marty Walther. Here is their dedication:

For our son Michael, Guy on a Buffalo, Walther, who sought his passion by completing the PCT, AT, and CDT by age 21, and for all the hikers and Trail Angels who’ve created a unique and lasting community.

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Walking in Paradise
(The Ballad of a Triple Crowner)

Eating cold couscous
Walking 20 miles a day
Drinking water from a cow trough
Still we’re walking in paradise

Dehydrated dinners (yum!)
Lost another grommet
Oh, my achin’ muscles
Still we’re walking in paradise

And it’s so fine to me
The trees are poetry
I’m at home in the mountains
My spirit is set free
Walking with you next to me

The Pacific Crest Trail
The Mohave Desert
Raftin’ in Yosemite
Yeah, we’re walking in Paradise

And it’s so fine to me
Eating wild strawberries
I’m loving every step
My spirit is set free
Walking with you next to me

Ah, the Appalachian
The great Smokey Mountains
Mom walked the walk awhile! (135 miles!)
Yes, we’re walking in Paradise

And it’s so fine to me
Even with Lyme disease!
Forest shelters building love and community
Walking with you next to me

Continental Divide
Late snow in Colorado
Yellowstone and Rocky Mountains
Yeah, we’re walking in Paradise

And it’s so fine to me
So high above the trees
Things usually turn out better than you could have foreseen
Walking with you next to me

I’m loving all the people
Trail angels with their big hearts
Trail magic really happens
Yes, we’re walking in paradise

It’s so fine to me
The trees are poetry
I’m at home in the mountains
My spirit is set free
Walking with you next to me

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released December 18, 2016
Words and lyrics by Elizabeth Hummel
Guitar, vocals, organ, percussion by Elizabeth
Other acoustic shimmers by Brian Castillo
Engineering and mastering by Brian Castillo

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