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Song of the Month for October 2019: Heaven

October 9, 2019 by

It's October, and harvest-time here in northeast. To celebrate this season and the earth that gives us so many good things, we have a song from a vegetable farmer, Dean Mercer. In his words:

A friend of mine wrote this song about ten years ago. A few of us recently got together and recorded it under the name Blue Barn Band, which is a reference to a local landmark here in southwest PA that could be (but isn’t) the one depicted in the song. As the community’s vegetable gardener I spend quite a bit of time thinking (farmers have a lot of time to think!) about the earth and our relationship to it. The song talks about the fact that this planet, while it’s not paradise, is probably the next best thing, and how we have an obligation to leave it in reasonable condition for future generations. Any other attitude is short-sighted and just plain not humble, since we rely on the earth for pretty much everything. And I do believe that the earth will be redeemed one day and be part of paradise again. Enjoy the song (we had fun!) and please excuse my non-professional crooning!

 

Listen on SoundCloud.

 

Here are the lyrics to “Heaven”:

Driving down an old country road last summer I stopped by a forgotten farm,
No horses, no cows, and no fields had been plowed, and no tractor was in the barn.
And all across those places and wide open spaces a forest had started to grow,
The ashes, the maples, the poplars, the birches, the pine trees in row on row

I need the sun, I need the rain,
I need the earth to come and heal my pain.
And if heaven were not my home, I’m telling you, here’s where I’d lay my head.
I need the stars, I need their light,
I need the moon to keep me safe at night.
And if heaven were not so far you’d find it right here where the young trees are.

You’d think this giving world would be tired of the living of man making war against man.
You’d think this old world would be tired of turning and doing the best it can,
When all we really need is the blue sky above us, the grass and trees and the sun.
You’d think we’d do better to keep it forever for our children and theirs to come.

I need the sun, I need the rain,
I need the earth to come and heal my pain.
And if heaven were not my home, I’m telling you, here’s where I’d lay my head.
I need the stars, I need their light,
I need the moon to keep me safe at night.
And if heaven were not so far you’d find it right here where the young trees are.

 

Credits:

Vocals – Dean Mercer
Piano – Terrence Meier
Upright bass – Julian Fischli
Guitar/harmonica/mandolin – Ben Wright
Percussion – Greg Stängl
Muse – John McGuire


Listen to more Songs of the Month here.

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