The Other Side of the Sky

by Bran

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1.
02:04
(chorus) You sat on the lake, you sat on the lake You sat on the lake, how long did it take You lived off the pond, you lived off the pond You lived off the pond, for how long You built your home outta stick and stone You built it with your hands from the land You plowed the fields, planted the seeds Reaped what you sowed, sold the beans chorus You heard the train’s long refrain You saw the men slice the ice You watched the geese sail on the breeze You watched in relief the coming of Spring chorus You relished in the silent simplicity You welcomed every visitor merrily You learned the value of a silent night You sailed the zephyr by moonlight chorus You built your home outta stick and stone You built it with your hands off the land
2.
The fragile, dormant seed In the womb of the earth Waits for the warm warm spring Before it comes forth I watch it all unfold Technicolor life A perennial kaleidoscope Despite the winter, it survives How can I see anything but mystery? I just breathe the certainty of uncertainty The universe expands It feels like its getting smaller But the truth demands I stand a little taller Fire catches from a spark Tick of the clock sounds like A simple question mark How long is well-lived life? How can I see anything but mystery? I just breathe the immediacy of infinity I let it be, whatever it might be I believe the certainty of uncertainty
3.
We are at the mercy of the waves Of a koan sea, a mystery It’s a paradox A Mobius dream We sail on the ship of Theseus We will make repairs here and there But who are we Lost on the koan sea I will see you there, I will meet you there We will fly on the other side of the sky Don’t let anything tie you down It’s a Gordian knot, all jumbled up Just cut it loose You can choose Which way is up and which way’s down The rules are changed when there is no ground You don’t need wings To fly to better things I will see you there, I will meet you there We will fly on the other side of the sky The best way from point A to point B Is to realize all the lies Your ABCs Are not what they seem Where can one go to when unencumbered? All places and names, letters and numbers Lose their place Get rearranged I can see you there, you are already there We can fly, we’re on the other side of the sky We can fly, this is the other side of the sky
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There’s a map of broken figures etched in the nighttime sky We trace them with our fingers but we don’t quite know why We dream and ponder, watch in wonder As the night passes by This is for the dreamers for whom reality unfolds Who scries into their canvas as their dinner becomes cold They laugh and cry, see with their eyes Let their visions take control Let not the ones who coast along in this great big life Tell you what you cannot do, just because they never tried We’re shaped by lovers, storytellers The one’s who make the light It takes a twisted mind to make a special key That fits the lock inside the box to a new reality Kick down the door, tear out the floor Love is all we need Pick up your brush and feathers and let the colors fly The reverberation of a string will be your truest guide Find the words and strike the chords Let it go to the night There’s a map of broken figures etched in the nighttime sky We trace them with our fingers but we don’t quite know why We dream and ponder, watch in wonder As the night passes by
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02:11
Silence is a song You can listen With your heart You can sing along If you remember To play your part Sometimes we have to sit in silence Rather than dance in song Sometimes the most sacred moments Are with the dust motes in the light of the sun Silence is a song A love letter Sent by the moon Sun and rain and snow They all sing it You can sing it too Sometimes we have to sit in silence Rather than dance in song Sometimes the most sacred moments Are with the dust motes in the light of the sun
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Soles wear down just the same No matter what road we take Every journey takes a different route But every path is made of the same ground (chorus) How can I be angry with you When you set down your worn out shoes Next to mine? We all bow down to a knee Every now and then to tie a lace Each shoe hides worn out feet Yearning for some rest or a slower pace chorus We can’t always help from stumbling When we walk on the rugged dirt But I’ll lend a hand if you start to fall Together our feet will kiss the earth chorus (x2)
7.
Each morning brings with it a beautiful palette A strange sort of gray Gives way To a gentle yellow orange Sleepy, faded hues Slowly gives way To an early morning blue (chorus) So expansive, never ending You seem so far But somehow I know Right here is where you are No matter rain, storm, or snow You love each cloud, then you let them go So wise, the skies Your very presence So open and accepting Equanimous heaven Things change, it rains Can those be tears? As you love so many And watch them disappear Can the rain fall Without falling apart? You are so open Nothing can break your heart No matter rain, storm, or snow You love each cloud, then you let them go I stand here ready And my heart expands I meet the sky Hand in hand No matter the pain, form or flow I love each moment, then I let them go
8.
Sometimes I watch the rain There’s something about it I can’t explain I can’t describe the way I feel It makes the world seem not so real I just drink it in Knowing the rain Will wash away I just run with it Knowing that nothing Can stop the rain The time slows down And I float on with the clouds The air tastes so much cleaner The green will grow much greener chorus Rain will fall Lightning will strike Thunder will roll Clouds they will build I’ll answer the call
9.
What saith the moon What saith the moon What saith the moon What saith the moon What saith the moon When the day takes hold Breaks through the ranks Of dark and of cold What saith the stars When the storm of clouds Lay their claim On the sky so proud The birds that sing Be the king Of branch and of wind And of wing The music of life On the air flows swiftly and sweetly everywhere What saith the sun What saith the sun What saith the sun When the night comes in The crickets are ticking Their relentless din What saith the bees When the cold it stings The sleep and the deep The nighttime brings The owls that sing Be the queen Of branch and of wind And of wing The silence of dark Thick as ice Humble the slumber In the night What saith the earth What saith the earth What saith the earth When Her kin comes round Spoils the soils Poisons the ground What saith the trees When the axe it swings Bites and it fights And their lives cease The vibrant green Bright as the sun Fades with the day Like blood it runs FIres blaze And the air it dies Earth's last breath She gasps good bye What saith human What saith human What saith human With their outstretched arms Deaf to the begs Won by the charms What saith human When their gold runs out A call to arms What comes about Most sought out green Illusions at best Forever toiling Never at rest Lies from the mouth Tears them apart But what they need Lies in their hearts
10.
I met a man who lived on the edge of the world He sat on the edge, with dangling feet His eyes were blind to the world behind him And he smiled as I took a seat He smiled as I took a seat The wisdom of ages lay plain on his face And so I asked the man who lived on the edge of the world Where is your fear? Aren’t you afraid? Of falling off the edge Of falling off the edge Then said the man who lived on the edge of the world Oh, there is fear. Sometimes I am afraid. But there is thirst, so much thirst. A hunger to learn to fly. A wonder for the sky Then I asked the man on the edge of the world How can I find the wonder of the sky? He told me you will never find it If you don’t learn to fly If you don’t jump and try Then the man, he spread his arms wide He leaned forward, began to fall Lights of rainbow, lights so bright His wings appeared and he took flight

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released September 1, 2019

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Bran Kansas City, Kansas

Bran crafts his unique, down-to-earth folk songs that tell stories that are fun, inspiring, insightful, and ofttimes humorous.

From heart-felt songs of world peace, to earthy tunes of Nature; from epic myths and stories, there’s sure to be something in Bran’s music for any groovy, tree-huggin’, peace-lovin’ soul!
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