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released October 14, 2018

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Track Name: Monkey Face
MONKEY FACE
(For Mary and Joel) 3/20/2015


She’s lovely as the first beam of light
Kissing the mountain, such a beautiful sight
How could it be in that long ago place
They ever called her Monkey face

She’s pushing out, pulling back on the oars
Away from me, away from the shore
If I could ever keep up with her pace
I’d say: I love you, Monkey Face

Monkey Face
Will we ever have our time
I love your face
Someday I’ll hold your heart with mine

A can of olives is between her knees
Her long blonde hair dances on the breeze
If I could only just make my case
I’d say: I love you, Monkey Face

Monkey Face
Will we ever have our time
I love your face
Someday I’ll hold your heart with mine
Her glowing shoulders are kissed by the sun
I wish that I was the lucky one
I’ll lock my love
In my heart’s secret place
Someday I’ll tell her, Monkey Face

Monkey Face
Will we ever have our time
I love your face
Someday I’ll hold your heart with mine

Bridge: Years go by…love and loss…my hair is grey
It’s the way of the world
Yet sometimes I remember
That golden-haired girl

One day I hear that she is alone
And so am I—I pick the phone
I can’t stop smiling, my heart starts to race
Will you come with me now, Monkey Face?

Monkey Face
We can finally have our time
I love your face
Now I hold your heart with mine
Track Name: Penny Song
I've known her sometime
In fact all of her life
And most of mine
Oh my sister so dear

And I think I can say
I know her pretty well
I think I can tell her
What seems to me so clear

She's got a river rushing deep inside
Dreams that really matter
When she follows them she finds
The river's flowing pattern
La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

I've looked in her eyes
And I've felt her pain
And I feel it again
My sister so dear

And I've listened to her voice
It sounds so much like mine
I think it sounds fine
and clear

Sometimes in this world it's hard
To hear yourself
And you wonder do you matter?
But if you listen, you can tell
There really is a pattern
La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

My sister comes to each day
With all her heart
She makes it a part of
A woven rug so fine
And like Penelope the weaver of old
She is so bold
To follow her own mind

In everyone's life
There are threads to unwind
And threads to bind
My sister so dear
And like this green spinning goddess
we live on
We work upon
The cloth of our years

And I want her to know
That she can be herself
How much she really matters
And we can see her loveliness
We can see the pattern
La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la
Track Name: No Time to Hide
How can I tell you
Something you outta know
Reach up for the moon
and hold her glow

And I wish you everything
That you really wanna be
Don't let it get too long, babe
Till we're back in the trees
Beautiful trees!

And I don't know where we're going next
It's all breaking open wide
If "Peace and Love" is your sacred text
Then it's no time to hide

It's no time to hide...

Right now I hear your voice
Fill up your belly
with breath
And so
Let's heed our wise
Open our eyes
To what is really here

Over and over
History uncoils again
Tyranny and greed
they take all they can

But we're all of the earth
To the stars we return
Peace is our only chance
Let us stand, love, and learn
Love and learn!

And I don't know where we're going next
It's all breaking open wide
If "Peace and Love" is your sacred text
Then it's no time to hide

It's no time to hide...

Right now I hear your voice
Fill up your bellyt
with breath
And so
Let's heed our wise
Open our eyes
To what is really here
Track Name: Mojo Man (Poltz)
Mojo Man

(Chorus)
He’s written the Bible for lovers lost
And he’s banging on an old tambourine
He’ll bathe you in the fire of his Pentecost
When he comes ramblin' through your town
You know what I mean

The notes of his guitar reach up under the skirts
Of the ladies and the laddies under his spell
They know they’re never gonna have him
And although that hurts
When they get home, they realize it’s just as well

(Chorus)
Bridge

At the heart of rock’n’roll is the Mojo Man
Just forget yourself and get lost in his beat
He’ll carry you to freedom as far as he can
You’ll be born again, if you can stand the heat

(Chorus)
Track Name: Rachel Corrie
Rachel Corrie, Rachel Corrie
You stood up, so they took you down
Now there's lots of people call themselves patriots
Waving flags in your home town

Cuz they're dropping bombs now
They're dropping bombs now
At least you didn't live to see this day
It's blacker than the bottom of a mine shaft
Broken as a wrecked train

Rachel Corrie, Rachel Corrie
I know you didn't have a wish to die
So young and so far away from home
Our mourning fills up the night sky

And I wish I could say I'm as brave as you
But I try to do what I can do
Your death will not be in vain
Rachel Corrie, we remember your name
In the fight for peace and justice

Your heart was good, your heart was true
You went to Palestine to understand
The truth of children playing in the shadows
Of an occupied land

Rachel Corrie, Rachel Corrie
You stood up, so they took you down
Now I hope you can hear the cries for peace and justice
Coming out of your home town
I hope you can hear the cries for peace and justice
Coming out of your hometown
Track Name: Walking in Paradise (The Ballad of a Triple-Crowner)
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
Track Name: On My Knees (2015)
I wandered down a lonely street
Calling out your name
I do not know what moved my feet
Was love or fear to blame

I threw my hope in the river
I waved goodbye and cried
On my knees

I breathed the air of summertime
My strength it did return
Though lonely was this heart of mine
In solitude I learned

To throw my hope in the river
And wave goodbye and cry
On my knees

I looked in every stranger’s eye
No love there could I find
Inside the ruins of my heart
You grew there like a vine

I threw my hope in the river
I waved goodbye and cried
On my knees

I ever hope to find a love
That runs so deep and true
If I could live a thousand lives
I’d live this one with you

And I’d throw my fear in the river
I’d wave goodbye and cry
On my knees
Track Name: I Felt the Wings
I felt the wings
Of the angel flying in the empty air
Who are you now
Is the wind upon my face of life or death
Be not afraid
For I bring you tidings of great joy
The darkest night
Like a fearsome beast
Will hold you in its mouth
Be not afraid
For the light within you
Shall be born again

I am descending
I am descending
Angel, watch over me
Angel, embrace me
Track Name: Beams of Light
I thought we were friends
Now that is all ended
til forever and a day
How was I so blind
You never were the kind to open heart and mind
No, not the kind

And winds blow you away
Rocks shoulder my shore
There's so much more

My heart it will mend
So many lovely friends surround me
Beams of light
Stars so bright
Track Name: It's Raining in the Forest
It’s raining in the forest
And the leaves are cold and gray
Did the birds forget the chorus?
I’m missing you today

Because I’ll never now embrace you
You’re a line upon my face
And I never can replace you
I’m missing you today

Chorus: Did you know you’d go away
So soon after we’d met
Do you think it was meant to be?
I know it’s alright
In the greater scheme of things
But in the smaller place of my heart
There’s still the rain

So very glad I’ve known you
And we shared a time and space
And though you left so much behind you
I’m missing you today

Chorus

It’s raining in the forest
And the leaves are cold and gray
Did the birds forget the chorus?
I’m missing you today
Track Name: Portrait of Love
I am a work in progress
A beautiful portrait of Love
Oh please don't forget
That I'm not finished yet
As I seek out the colors
The loveliest colors
For my beautiful portrait of Love

I am a work in progress
A mother, a teacher, a friend
And if sometimes I fail
To love perfectly well
I will seek out the colors
The truest of colors
For my beautiful portrait of Love

Give me strength to grow
Give me light to know
How to see…how to be
Each blessed day

I am a work in progress
Love is the answer, I know
I will do all I can
To be part of the plan
As I seek out the colors
The loveliest colors
For my beautiful portrait of Love
As I seek out the colors
The truest of colors
For my beautiful portrait of Love
Track Name: Your Special Path
There is a path before you
Sometimes you'll choose where you want to go
There is a path before you
Sometimes you'll lose your way

And on this path you'll find that
Sometimes you like where you are, sometimes its strange
You can often switch directions
But there are also things you cannot change

Chorus:
And I would tell you if I could
How to always go exactly where you want to
But life ain't like that
it twists and turns back
And only you can walk on your own path
No one else can walk your special path

With every step, goals can help you
To find the sweetest berries along the way
And you can dream your wildest dreams, son
Just keep your toes a wigglin' in the clay

And on this path, beware of
Trails that lure you off like glittering jewels
It's hard to get back, so please remember
You don't need to leap in every pool

Chorus

There is a path before you
You will not know when you reach the end
And on this path, enjoy the sunshine
The songs of birds and the touch of a true friend

Chorus

There is a path before you...
Track Name: The Edge of the World (with Ralph and Brian)
You say you're living at the edge of the world
I can tell you're living at the edge of the world
You're looking at me from the edge of the world
How can you know
How can you know
How can you know
Where you should go
Where you should go
Where you should go

I'm standing here at the edge of the world
There's a silo and a sun at the edge of the world
And the bull is in the cloud at the edge of the world
How can I know
How can I know
How can I know
Where I should grow
Where I should grow
Where I should grow

Find your nerve
Be bold
Don't let the fear control you
Be like bull
Show the rage
But keep it controlled
We cannot destroy the destroyer
Without destroying the creator
For they, and we
Are one and the same

I saw it in a dream
At the edge of the world
I was dancing in the edge of the world
And the moon was the cup
At the edge of the world
Here I can know
Here I can know
Here I can know
Where I should sow
Where I should flow
Where I should flow
Track Name: I Pray
I pray
though I do not believe
anything will change.

I pray
hoping that I will heal
though I know the universe is indifferent.

I pray
as I imagine the first living cell
reached out to divide and evolve.

I pray
because I am here
and I know that life seeks to be.

I pray
through the song of the grasses
which is the melody of the heart.