The Edge of the World (with Ralph and Brian)

from Random Singles and Custom Songs by Elizabeth Hummel

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I wrote this song when my uncle Jack died. Sometime in the mid-90s when I was living in San Diego. The night after he died I had a dream about him that felt profound, and the images are in the song. I always felt a kinship with Uncle Jack, Jay and Paul's Dad and the husband of my Aunt Dot. He was an incredible musician, and a huge lover of life.

This wasn't recorded until the Ralph sessions, the year before my dad died. So around 2006. Once Dad found out he had cancer all he wanted to do was come play music and feast at our house! So we did that a lot, so much fun. We recorded everything. He was pretty sick, and the music wavers, but I love it anyway. We made a disc to share with people after he died, but we have a lot of music that we are still sorting through.

On this song Dad is playing viola. Dad was also very close to Jack. They married sisters, and they felt like brothers to each other. The "Hounddog" Brian plays (also called a resonator guitar or Dobro) actually came from Uncle Jack, who got it from Mike Auldridge of the Seldom Scene. Dad gave the instrument to Brian. Grateful to Brian for mixing this anew so we can share.

lyrics

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

credits

from Random Singles and Custom Songs, released October 14, 2018
Elizabeth: vocals, guitar
Brian: Hounddog (resonator guitar)
Dad/Ralph: viola

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Elizabeth Hummel Olympia, Washington

I have been writing songs most of my life. A good bit of recording and performing too. Money comes and goes, but the muse is precious and timeless. I pray that my songs help people through darkness as well as celebrate the light. This music is a village and I am not alone. I am deeply grateful to the many people who have helped me birth these songs in so many ways. You are the Love! ... more

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