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An exploration of songs and songwriting via the music of Scott Simpson and Dancin’ Moon Studio of Spearfish Canyon in the Black Hills of South Dakota

March 27, 2020

Dancin’ Moon Songcast Ep. 38 Deepen the Well

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Featured song from 2012's The Long View L

Deepen the Well

In the fall, my ego needed sleep;
He sat up nights composing poems I could not keep.

My strong root is when the quiet reveals my voice;
My strong root is when stillness makes my choice;
My strong root is at the bottom of this hand-dug well;
How far the bucket has to drop? I cannot tell.
I cannot tell.

The winter came and the snow began to fall;
I built no shelter, had no covering at all.

I am unveiling something ancient inside;
I am uncovering all I’ve tried to hide;
I give up speaking for listening;
The wisdom’s in the air—it’s glistening.
It’s glistening.

In the spring, the horses roll and play;
They sun their bellies, they upend an April day.

I’ll place the earth beneath my head;
Of mud and early grass I’ll make my bed;
I’ll show my teeth and snort at the sky;
Can’t you see the idea of summer in these wild mustang eyes?
Mustang eyes…

(instrumental)

And in the summer all the world’s in bloom;
Sun brings down the snowmelt, waters this colorful loom;
My strong root is deep in this soil;
These Camas lilies don’t labor, they don’t toil;
They don’t toil… they don’t toil…

There’s no fence could mark the edge of what it means to live;
You’ll never dig so deep you’ll hit the end of what you have to give;

The deeper the well, the more life there is to give.
The deeper the well, the more life there is to give.
The deeper the well, the more life there is to give.
The deeper the well, the more life there is to give.

 

 

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