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Thread #43645   Message #638485
Posted By: Mark Cohen
30-Jan-02 - 12:25 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Turning of the Year (Gordon Bok)
Subject: Lyr Add: TURNING OF THE YEAR (Goodenough, Bok)
Actually, the words are by the late Judy Goodenough. Here is Gordon's note on the song, from the latest Bok/Muir/Trickett CD, Harbors of Home:

"Judy Goodenough, whose three volumes of poetry were a tribute to a tough and wily mind, has given us many songs over the years. She sent these verses as additional thoughts to my song "Hearth and Fire" (by my request). They seemed so unique and self-standing that I made this tune for them and made a chorus of the second verse."

Words: J.B. Goodenough, Music: Gordon Bok
(c)1998 Timberhead

Dark the sky, dark the land, dark the running sea
oh lay your hand upon my hand
and share the night with me


To friends we had and foes we had and those that held us dear
We raise the glass tolad and lass at turning of the year

One more road, one more hill, one more stony shore
One more river to cross until
We're going home once more (CHORUS)

Fish for silver, dig for gold, so run the years away
And when we're weary, when we're old
we come back home to stay (CHORUS)

So friend or foe, we wish you ease, however far you roam
Who sail the seven salty seas
or walk the hills of home (CHORUS)