Mountains

from by Spencer Scholes

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One night riding toward Southport, the sun sunk over the horizon in a red and purple band as I approached the bypass before Wilmington taking me south of the river. I had my tape recorder and a strong and driving song came through the setting night and I pressed record.
Later on I sat with it and the words became clearer much like the effect of wiping a smeared glass with a clean rag.
The song grew strong over time, sinking roots deeper until finally blooming for your ears on this album.

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I can see the mountains
when I close my eyes
mountains that I run to
when I fail for all my tries
there's fire on the mountains
time records the place
a moment caught in fear
only love can erase

Oh sister of the mountains
be my sober bride
take me to the flower fields
where the sweet water resides
for our introduction
a broken warning bell
who was I to think that
I could never tell

Of all that we thought we'd gained
appears so small
of all that we had loved
of all that we had fought for
all that we had made
seen so far below

Flee the burning city
race the setting sun
no danger in the canyon
gonna set me on the run
Flee the flooded valley
the all consuming tide
raise your gaze up to the heights
where the soaring eagles rise
so far and so high
they almost reach the sun
cast their shadows down
on everyone
dare and try and reach it
better dare to reach the peak
name me one thing anyone
who lives down here would seek

The mountain view exposes
the valleys hidden lives
an ark of light it traces
across these weary eyes
I feel this every evening
and even when I wake
what's left when it collapses
is that which cannot break

When all that we thought we'd gained
appears so small
all that we had found
all that we had fought for
all that we had made
seen so far below

The wind upon the summit
so strong it makes you fear
causes one to question
all that you held dear
there's sweetness in these mountains
few will ever taste
there's even joy in sadness
when the mountains laid to waste

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from Dragonfly Season, released November 25, 2013
Words and music written and performed by Spencer Scholes. All rights reserved 2013

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Spencer Scholes Durham, North Carolina

Spencer Scholes writes songs hefted from the weight of experience, painted with hues of imagination, and tempered by the sting of sharp self examination. Softer sounds in his recordings conceal the foothills of volcanic stage energy. Currently, Spencer is touring nationally in support of his debut solo album Dragonfly Season. ... more

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