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Joe Offer Folklore: Tree of Life (27) DT Correction: Tree of Life (Eric Peltoniemi) 19 Nov 14

I bought a Tree of Life Menorah in Jerusalem that I will treasure for the rest of my life.
Mine looks like this one, but gold.

I've been working on perfecting the text of Eric Peltoniemi's Tree of Life for the Rise Again Songbook. His song uses names of various quilting blocks in the first two verses. He e-mailed me and pointed out two minor corrections in the Digital Tradition version of his lyrics, which are sung by Bok Muir and Trickett. The corrected words are in italics.

(Eric Peltoniemi)

Beggar's Blocks and Blind Man's Fancy,
Boston Corners and Beacon Lights,
Broken Starts Stars and Buckeye Blossoms
Blooming on the Tree of Life.

Tree of Life, quilted by the lantern light,
Every stitch a leaf upon the Tree of Life.
Stitch away, sisters, stitch away.

Hattie's Choice (Wheel of Fortune), and High Hosanna (Indiana),
Hills and Valleys (Sweet Wood Lilies)
and Heart's Delight (The Tail of Benjamin's Kite),
Hummingbird (Hovering Gander) in Honeysuckle (Oleander),
Blooming on the Tree of Life.

We're only known as someone's mother,
Someone's daughter, or someone's wife,
But with our hands and with our vision,
We make the patterns on the Tree of Life.

On Volume 1 of "Bok, Muir, & Trickett, the First Fifteen Years," Folk-Legacy Rec
ords. From the play "Plain Hearts: Songs and Stories of Midwestern Prairie Women
," by Lance S. Belville, with music and lyrics by Eric Peltoniemi. The first two
verses are comprised entirely of the names of quilting patterns.
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