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Sitting cross-legged with our birthstones in our fingers we both knew from the start that we had met before
as we listened to the gods murmur loudly form within they hinted once you were my daughter
we were maiden of the shield
and we marched through beltaine fires noble horses of the field
but this time you’re my mother and this time I’m your son

so how much has changed
everything’s changed I guess
and our old bones are deep underground
but once and a while we remember it all
when we hear that familiar sound
and your back doesn’t hurt and I can see your smile with my roguish eye
and the wind on the leaves sounds like waves on the shore of the ocean
we were born there we lived there were died there
and we remember it all by that cardinals call
come dance with me mother I know you remember how
promise me always that we’ll be together somehow come dance with me mother I know you remember how
through all of these centuries always I’ll find you somehow

walking in trilliums freshly bloomed
the lilac breeze entices golden maple keys to drop and spin
through your flowing hair you told me there are spirits in the trees
and they’ll tell you every story from the moment of your birth
with their roots they’re scratching history on the center of the earth
and it reads this time I’m your mother and this time I’m your son

so how much has changed
everything’s changed I guess
and our old bones are deep underground
but once and a while we remember it all
when we hear that familiar sound
and your back doesn’t hurt and I can see your smile with my roguish eye
and the wind on the leaves sounds like waves on the shore of the ocean
we were born there we lived there were died there
and we remember it all by that scarlet bird's call
come dance with me mother I know you remember how
promise me always that we’ll be together somehow come dance with me mother I know you remember how
through all of these centuries always I’ll find you somehow

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from There is Not a Snake, released April 20, 2012

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