For The Weary Traveller

Written by Holly Arrowsmith

1 / Mouth Of The Morning

From the mouth of the morning out poured the dawn
Waking the valley with her silent song
Like my mother she kissed me with the softest of light
Broke the skyline inked with the darkness of night

She spilled into every space every fold
To tell of a very that’s new with each morning
And it flows alike for the rich and the poor
Yes it flows for the slave and the free

Why I’ve collected all of my sorrow
Why I have stored it, I do not know
Maybe in shame of its revelation
Maybe in fear of letting it go

From the mouth of the morning out poured the dawn
Waking the valley with her silent song
To tell of a mercy that’s new with each morning
And at an uncertain moment day came
And dawn was gone

 

2 / Voices of Youth

I sit alone in this chair some days 
Thinking bout my life thinking bout my ways
There are too many questions that I don’t know the answer
Breathe in deep and I close my eyes 
Walk back through the dark and the joyful times
Trying to find the spirit of my youth in there 
Somehow I lost her but I don’t know where

In those days long gone I felt you walking next to me
Oh please don’t leave me with my troubled mind 
As company

At night we’d lay staring up in awe 
We were not afraid to admit we were small
And holes in heaven’s floor lit our bare faces
We walked up rivers and drank from the streams
Balanced on bridges laid by ancient trees
Who bowed their regal heads to make a way
And people never listened to anything we had to say
But we said it anyway

In those days long gone I felt you walking next to me
Oh please don’t leave me with my troubled mind 
Tormenting me

Now we all have jobs and we all pay rent 
And we all ask each other where our time got spent
And busyness plagues the streets like a disease

And if one man stops and asks ‘Well why?
‘What’s it all for when I die?’
The rest all shake their heads and say ‘Don’t speak!’
‘Seeking meaning’s for the weak!’
Well you can call me weak

In those days long gone I felt you walking next to me
Oh please don‘t leave me with my troubled mind
A wandering

Voices of youth call out to me 
‘Come back’ they say ‘Don’t walk away!’
Im trying with all my strength not to let go
But theres a truth I know, the ties are strong 
From those very days I have grown
And if I ever come undone, one day it’s certain
We will be tied together once again
I hope my foolishness will never sever us my friend

3 / Desert Owl

I walk a lonely road there’s a junction up ahead
I’ve got no job, no home nearly all my money’s spent
I came for a resolution a certain answer clear
But it ain’t what I need and I will not find it here

Painting circles in the empty sky the vultures cry, ‘You’re dead’
Snakes whisper ‘Rest a while lay down your weary head.’

Then the red sun bursts on the mountain high
Spills like blood down the valley dry
Peace like a river extend to me, and carry my feet on by
No brother before me or behind
My mind is worn and my body’s tired
Peace like a river extend to me and carry my feet on by

Well I am a desert owl, an owl among the ruins
Looking on with wisdom and with sorrow
In the words of a great man this world is dying and it’s hardly been born
So I, sing to serve the ones who search beyond the shadows
The shadows

Carry my feet on, carry my feet on by

Oh peace like a river won’t you carry my feet on by
Peace Like a river, carry my feet on by
Oh peace like a river, carry my feet on by

 
 

4 / Canyons

Sit and talk with me awhile, of fond memories faint and far
Lets recall my familiar friend, how much we love each other

The way love starts and how it grows so often an abandoned road
As changes come and seasons roll lets hold to one another

First a crystal mountain stream running through the woods with ease
The world’s cares seem far away and every sound is like a song

But like that stream love wants to grow obstacles clutter its flow
The land turns steep and the sun seems low we’re forced into the canyons throw
The river wants to reverse to clamber uphill to its birth
But it can’t return, so lovers learn
Now that little stream is a deep strong force

I watch people coming and going, how they’re reacting, releasing, withdrawing
And from what I can tell love’s not a feeling we all wake up with in the morning
I believe we have to choose make those vows each day anew
To give yourself to me and myself to you

And like that stream our love will grow though obstacles clutter its flow
The land turns steep and the sun seems low we’re forced into the canyons throw
The river wants to reverse to clamber uphill to its birth
But it can’t return, so we will learn
Now that little stream is a deep strong force

So sit and talk with me awhile of a future we can’t plan
The people we’ll meet oh the places we’ll see 
And who we dream we will become
And that river will keep on rolling, rolling wild and free
Don’t know where we’re going but we’re heading towards the sea
Said we don’t know where we’re going 
But we’re heading towards the sea

So, river roll, river roll on, roll on wild and free
River roll, river roll on, roll on to the sea
Said, river roll, river roll on, rolling wild and free
Oh river roll, river roll on, roll on to the sea
River roll on to the sea
River roll on to the sea

5 / Lady Of The Valley

She lays still, she has for ten thousand years or more
The lady of the valley’s got a heart beat of stone
When I see her, I know that I am home

I’ve hidden many times, in her motherly arms
Like a child cradled there, till the violent storm has past
Gold rolling through her cold veins, to the river down below
When I see her, I know that I am home

I cast my eyes to the hills
Where does my help come?
When my head is lifted I see your stoney form
Reminding me I have a home, and my help comes from The Lord
My help comes from You, Lord

There are too many stories of how, greed can kill a man
She told me all her gold is for the fools
For what we see as valuable, it surely is worth nothing
And what we see as nothing 
Is more priceless than we’ll know 

She’ll always lay alone there, it’s her duty to do so
Surveying the surveyors’, what will she behold?
The lady of the valley, has seen and how she knows
That water cannot satisfy, those who thirst for gold
Those who thirst for gold, no
Those who thirst for gold

 

6 / Mountain Prayer

You wake me in the dusty light of the dawn
I'd given up all hope, that I'd be found here
The smell of the wild pine, blows on the wind
And their heavy branches sing out an old solemn prayer
To the cold mountain air

You wear the light of a thousand suns burning
I wear a dress made of sin and shame
In Your warm presence my cold heart is turning
In Your eyes, I see nothing but grace
The light on the path, is the light from Your face

As You call, ‘Come home My son My daughter come home
I am slow to anger and abounding in love
I won't rest, till you’re back in my arms
Please come home’

As You lead, You are calling the fallen
Your voice fills the valley with the sweetest song
Saying ‘Those who are bound, come forth out of darkness
Into My light where you belong’
Oh the darkness shrieks, as Your light rends its power
It fumbles to grab me, to stop my release
But it cannot come near 
For in love is no fear
It cowers and hides            
A wounded beast

And I now understand who I am, who You are
As we follow You over the rise
There are holes in Your hands and one in Your side
I fall to the ground with my hands on my eyes
As my rags are turned to glory in Your light
And the hills are awakening, mountains start shaking 
All nature bursts forth into song
Through the woods and mountain passes
The winds like anthems roll
As the children, who once were in the darkness
Have come home

 

7 / For The Weary Traveller

To find comfort, first you must know sorrow
To know healing, there must be a wound
To find strength you, first of all you must know weakness Oh friend
Without evil, how could we know what’s good?

With relief, there first must come pain
And joy, from where there was none
To be found you, surely need to be lost 
Oh child
Know darkness to see the good light of the sun
Know darkness to see the good light of the sun

8 / The Beast Called Love

I was young, I heard about, a thing called love
So I sailed out, to see what the fuss was about!

Quickly did, the ocean turn, into a fearsome beast
Tossed me in his watery arms, onto a lonely shore
I'd fallen for his charm

So I cut out what remained of my heart and threw it to the sea
 And I told that beast called love ‘Never return that heart to me’

The ocean took, my heart with glee
Tossed it from wave to wave, but I couldn't feel a thing
Just a hole where it had been
And now it didn't beat for anyone or anything

So there I lay, a hollow chest
Filled with pain, and salty bitterness
Then you came, upon the waves, walking
With a heart that beat only in your hands
Warm and red ‘That ain’t mine!’ I said

 
 

9 / Love Will Be A River

It's not what we've seen on the world’s painted screen
Selfish or cruel, a game of the heart to be toyed with
Not a glorified feeling that destroys all who touch it in the end
But a gift that was given when time began

It's the essence that fills all human desire
But a mirrored reflection of something much higher
And we are just vessels, which carry this light given to show one another
Who love was written by

I am cracked and flawed, So are you 
But these are spaces for the light to come pouring through 

Maybe the more we let out, the stronger it'll grow
Till all who, fall in its path feel the warmth of its glow
And our love will be a river, flowing out into the sea
Started in the mountains 
Where you washed my feet

10 / Flinted

Follow my feet beneath the tall trees
Their backs are stooped low with the weight of dead leaves
But they're, letting them go and weightless they fall
To paint the road a river

Reflections pass as I row quietly
The waters a mirror for my lost memories
I dip the oar, and the picture is blurred
My arms grow weary and the rustling wind stirs
To carry me, to the arms of the shore

So I wanna know what the seasons know
There’s a time to reap and a time to sow
A time to hold on and a time to let go
Teach me to trust when I don't see

There's so much to be learned from the days gone by
I will look down on the river unwinding
You've carried me this far you won't let me go
Not in the heat of December 
Or the cold July snow

On my way home to the fireplace
The wind it's stinging my, flinted face
It whispers ‘Release’, so I open my hands
And scatter my worries into its breath
As I wade through autumns tide
Teach me to trust, when I don’t see
To love always, as you have loved me
To lay down my life to be set free
To guard my heart in your peace