The North Edge (Live)

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Out on the streams and ribbons of wind
The spine of the north stands, dusk begins
And chasing the light I'll race the world turning
To the rocks on the edge at the end of the day

They've watched as the rain moves in from the west
And the Ring-Oozel shyly returns to his nest
They've stood as the winter ice melts into spring
Colours ignited to purple and grey

And in the visible silence of scattering light
As the forms fade and soften on the crest of the night
I've slept by these gritstones amid the moor sleeping
Them fast in the darkness as the wind-shadows sway

And what of these old songs we hear in the morning?
And what of these new lines at the end of the day?
Through the tide-race of living, our rising and falling
The edge is by island, and I'm cast away

As we weather our storms there's a still place within me
As the change of the seasons marks the land's constancy
And I'll drink in this breath like so many before me
Who've stood here forever and the brink of the day

So what of these old songs we sing in the morning?
And what of these new lines we hear on the way?
So chasing the light I'll race the world turning
To my place on the north edge at the end of the day.

credits

from Steer In The Night, released September 8, 2014
Words and Music by Robin Beatty (PRS/MCPS)

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The Old Dance School Birmingham, UK

Duelling fiddles, soaring brass crescendos, and irresistible grooves, The Old Dance School's expansive, cinematic sound charts their remarkable journey from ballet school basement jam sessions and cowshed rehearsals, to remote lighthouses, to headline appearances at international festivals. ... more

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