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I KNEW THIS PLACE
(David Mallett)

(GGCC) C/FC/FC/CG7G

I knew this place, I knew it well,
Every sound and every smell,
And every time I walked, I fell
For the first two years or so

There across the grassy yard,
I, a young one, running hard,
Brown and bruised and battle scarred
And lost in sweet illusion

And from my window I can see
The branches of an ancient tree,
Reaching out it calls to me
To climb its surly branches

But all my climbing days are gone
And these tired legs I'm standing on
Would scarcely dare to leave the spot
Upon which they are standing

And I remember every word
Of every voice I ever heard
Every frog and every bird
Yes, this is where it starts

My brother's laugh, the sighing wind,
This is where my live begins
This is where I learned to use
My hand and hear my heart

This house is old, it carries on
Like verses to an old time song
Always changed but never gone
This house can stand the seasons

Our lives pass on from door to door
Dust across the wooden floor
Like feather rain and thunder roar
We need not know the reason

And as these thoughts come back to me
Like ships across the friendly sea
Like breezes blowing endlessly
Like rivers running deep

The day is done, the lights are low
The wheels of life are turning slow
And as these visions turn and to
I lay me down to sleep

I knew this place, I knew it well,
Every sound and every smell,
And every time I walked, I fell
For the first two years or so

The day is done, the lights are low
The wheels of life are turning slow
And as these visions turn and to
I lay me down to sleep


Copyright David Mallett of Dover Foxcroft Maine
Recorded by Ann Mayo Muir on "The Ways of Man," FSI-68 in 1978,
also recorded by the author for Neworld Records in Blue Hill
Falls Maine.
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