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Released October 1972 by Columbia Records. All compositions by Dan Fogelberg (© 1972/Hickory Grove Music-ASCAP).

 

To The Morning
Stars
More Than Ever
Be On Your Way
Hickory Grove
Long Way Home (Live In the Country)
Looking For A Lady
Anyway I Love You
Wysteria
The River

Credits

 

Dan Fogelberg - acoustic and electric guitars, piano, organ, Moog, vocals
Norbert Putnam - bass, cello
Kenny (Buffalo) Buttrey - drums, percussion, red & green
Weldon Myrick - pedal steel, dobro
Buddy Spicher - fiddle, viola
Farrell Morris - vibes, percussion
David Briggs - played piano on "More Than Ever" and "Anyway I Love You" and organ on "Long Way Home"
Glenn Spreen - String arrangements on "To The Morning" and "Wysteria"
Bill Purcell - String arrangements on "Hickory Grove"


Produced by Norbert Putnam for Full Moon Productions
Recorded at - Quadrafonic Sound Studio, Nashville

 

Lyrics

 

To The Morning 

 

Watching the sun...watching it come 

Watching it come up over the rooftops 

Cloudy and warm...maybe a storm 

You can never quite tell from the morning

 

(Chorus) 

And it's going to be a day 

There is really no way to say no to the morning 

Yes it's going to be a day 

There is really nothing left to say but come on morning 

 

Waiting for mail 

Maybe a tale from an old friend or even a lover 

Sometimes there's none 

But we have fun thinking of all who might have written 

 

(Chorus)

 

And maybe there are seasons 

And maybe they change 

And maybe to love is not so strange

 

The sounds of the day 

Now they hurry away 

Now they are gone until tomorrow 

When day will break and you will wake 

And you will rake your hands across your eyes and realize 

That it's going to be a day 

There is really no way to say no to the morning 

Yes it's going to be a day 

There is really nothing left to say but come on morning 

 

And maybe there are seasons and maybe they change 

And maybe to love is not so strange

 

 

Stars

 

Stood out in the rain 

Let it soak me down 

Before I called you...I called you 

Didn't see me there 

Hidden by the rain beneath your window...but I saw you 

Putting on your face before the mirror on the wall 

Dreaming that the looking glass was me... 

Catching your fondest gazes 

Living through your fickle phases...I love you 

(Chorus) 

And it's getting easier each day to weep about you 

Harder every night to sleep without you 

How many years must I be driven by this dream of love with you 

 

 

Spend my dimes on phones trying just to talk 

But you don't answer...you let it ring 

Spend my nights alone 

Catching falling stars to give to you, love 

They're just for you 

For stars fall every time a lover has to face the truth 

And far too many stars have fell on me 

And as they trail the skies and burn their paths upon my eyes, I cry 

(Chorus) 

With you....with you

 

 

More Than Ever 

 

If there are any words that we haven't said 

Let us say them 

I know all too well how people's lies betray them 

More than ever I'll wait for you there 

More than ever I will need you to care 

And I'll never need more than a prayer to be near you 

To be near you 

Time is a baby child found in the rain born of fever 

She'll bring you pretty songs laced through with lies 

But don't you believe her 

More than ever I'll wait for you there 

More than ever I will need you to care 

And I'll never need more than a prayer to be near you 

To be near you...to be near you 

 

 

Be On Your Way 

 

Be on your way 

Don't try to say that you love me still 

If we couldn't find the right dream by now then we never will 

We paid our dues at the door and never once saw the stage 

We wrote our share of love's lore and never quite filled the page 

So be on your way

 

Be on your way 

Maybe someday we will meet again 

Try not to cry...tears make me think how it might have been 

We loved as strong as we could but love only got in our way 

We took our time to be free 

There's nothing much more to say but be on your way 

 

 

Hickory Grove 

 

Hickory Grove, wait for me

I'm just as poor as a man can be 

Hickory Grove, wait for me

I'm just as blind as the other men that see 

Hickory Grove, make the sun

Rise slower I don't have much time 

Hickory Grove, watch me run 

down through the years of my prime 

Lady Luck, play your hand 

I've got a life for you to play with 

Hickory Grove, you will stand

I've got a dream that I can stay with 

 

 

Long Way Home (Live In the Country) 

 

Running in the wrong direction 

Isn't it a long way home 

People with the wrong intentions 

Isn't it a long way home 

City, you are dying real slow 

Country, you are calling me to go 

Smokestacks, I don't need you no more 

I'm gonna fly... 

(Chorus) 

To where the sky meets the land 

And the living is not planned 

And the children can laugh just cause they're living 

I'll send for you if you ever want me to 

But you'll have to find a whole new way of giving 

Running from the noise and poison 

Isn't it a long way home 

Wounded by a law man's toy gun 

Isn't it a long way home 

City, no more shadows to be seen 

Country, all the sunshine you can dream 

Smokestacks spew your sour-smelling steam 

I'm gonna fly 

(Chorus) 

Oh...live in the country...repeat...

 

 

Looking For A Lady 

 

Looking for a lady 

I'm looking for a lady to change my night to day 

Looking for a lady 

I'm looking for a lady to chase my blues away 

(Chorus) 

Well, I have a few in mind but none in particular 

I have had them before but nothing that was for sure 

 

And I'm in no position to barter 

And I'm in no condition to play the martyr 

And I'm sadder certainly but I'm smarter 

And I find myself... 

Looking for a lady 

I'm looking for a lady to share my empty bed 

Looking for a lady 

I'm looking for a lady to soothe my aching head 

(Chorus) 

And my feelings have grown rigid like a wooden post 

And my love is like a curtain that has been drawn closed 

And my life just isn't going the way I thought it was supposed to 

And I'm crying and I find myself 

Looking for a lady 

I'm looking for a lady to change my night to day

 

 

Anyway I Love You 

 

Here's another little song for you 

Hope you'll listen to it well 

Means no different than the others do 

It won't change you I can tell 

 

(Chorus) 

Anyway, I love you 

Everyday I get more sure 

Anyway, I love you 

More and more and more and more and more

 

I have so much I can offer you 

More to please you with than most 

But trying to tie you down is harder than trying to hold on to a ghost

(Chorus twice) 

So if you ever feel the need for me, darlin 

Let it carry you along 

Don't be shy and try to hold it down 

Cause what you feel just can't be wrong 

(Chorus twice) 

More and more and more and more 

And more and more and more and more

 

 

Wysteria 

 

Wysteria, did you change your face again 

Those of us who loved you when can't even find you 

Wysteria, did you lose another man 

Did you make him understand that he can't touch you 

 

Wysteria, did he take you to the fair 

Were the folks that you met there the same that we met 

Wysteria, did he teach you how to dance 

Did he bring you paper fans to hide your secret 

 

Was he just like all the rest when he got to the sad part 

Did he stay a bit too long to save his heart 

 

Was he just like all the rest when he got to the sad part 

Did he stay a bit too long to save his heart 

 

Wysteria, are your lips still lily white 

Do they still bloom just at night and die at sunrise

 

 

The River 

 

I was born by a river rolling past a town 

Given no direction...just told to keep my head down 

As I took my position,a man fired a gun 

I was so steeped in tradition I could not run 

 

I was raised by a river weaned upon the sky 

And in the mirror of the waters I saw myself learn to cry 

As the tears hit the surface I saw what had been done 

I gave feet to my freedom and I did run 

 

Someday later I saw the writing in the dust 

It told me how I should travel 

It told me who I was 

 

I ran far from the river...far as I could see 

And as the sun hit my shoulders, I felt it burning me 

How I longed for the waters as the fire raged 

How I longed for the river as I aged 

 

I will die by a river as it rolls away 

Bury me in the nighttime...do not waste the day 

High above the waters that roll on to the sea 

All the angels in heaven will laugh at me 

They will laugh at me....they will laugh at me 

They will laugh at me 

 

My life was naught but a river rolling through my brain 

Made of so many teardrops...made of so much pain

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