The Mountain (Mountain)

It was up some laughing river
Where I’d gone to spend the day
I had such fantastic visions
I could hardly stand to stay
And I stood up with myself
And suddenly was free
And I stood upon the burdens
That puzzle you and me

I was given an awareness
That was shared with all around
With trees the sky the flowers
The river sun and ground
I heard the birds were singing
And I found them same as me
And I understood our sorrow
And why they should not be

I saw this plan of living
It was nothing more than face
A skin that covered glory
Far beyond our love or hate
A living crystal fairy land
Where living is our grade
A pyromanic garden
That has no time nor place

I saw what we’d been doing to it
Saw it as insane
Still a-fighting like good Christians
With the wars the sword the flame
To crash all those infidels
To defend what should be shame
And again I shared our sorrows
Knew we all must share the blame

I saw it all as part of us
To know and share alike
A universal willingness
To know and do what’s right
To understand our brotherness
And stop this awful race
Let our children grow in peace
Know their lives shall not be waste

You should say first there is a mountain
Then seems the mountain’s gone
But then if you take another look
It’s been there all along
You can be just like a river
As it laughs along it’s way
Or stand beneath the shadows
That take the sun away

© Words and music: Derroll Adams
(as it appears on the album Along The Way)

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