The Wild Places

Released August 1990 by Epic Records. 

All compositions by Dan Fogelberg (© 1990/EMI April Music/Hickory Grove Music - ASCAP) except "Lovers In A Dangerous Time"(B. Cockburn) and "Rhythm Of The Rain" (J.Gummoe; © Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp -BMI)/"Rain" (Lennon/McCartney; © ATV Tunes - ASCAP)

 

Aurora Nova

The Wild Places

Forefathers

Song Of The Sea

Anastasia's Eyes

Blind To The Truth

Lovers In A Dangerous Time

Rhythm Of The Rain

Bones In The Sky

The Spirit Trail

Ever On

 
Credits

 

Aurora Nova

Dan Fogelberg - piano, synthesizer

Russ Kunkel - drums, percussion

 

The Wild Places

Dan Fogelberg - piano, keyboards, synthesizers, drum program, electric lead and rhythm guitars, vocals

Russ Kunkel - drums

Bob Glaub - bass

Timothy B Schmit - background vocals

 

Forefathers

Dan Fogelberg - acoustic guitars, electric guitar, high string guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, drum program, vocals

Russ Kunkel - drums

Bob Glaub - bass

 

Song Of The Sea

Dan Fogelberg - piano, keyboards, synthesizers, acoustic guitar, drum program, ambience, vocals

Russ Kunkel - drums

Bob Glaub - Whale bass

Al Garth - soprano sax

Michael Landau - electric guitar

David Crosby - harmony vocals

Timothy B. Schmit - harmony vocals

 

Anastasia's Eyes

Dan Fogelberg - piano, synthesizers, string arrangement, synth woodwinds, vocals

 

Blind To The Truth

Dan Fogelberg - piano, keyboards, synthesizers, drum program, vocals

Russ Kunkel - drums

Michael Landau - electric guitar

George Hawkins - bass

Orin, Julia and Maxine Waters - harmony vocals

Lenny Castro - congas, timbales, percussion

Jerry Hey - trumpet

 

Lovers In A Dangerous Time

Dan Fogelberg - electric rhythm and lead guitars, bass, drum program, percussion, keyboards, synthesizers, vocals

Sara K - background vocals

 

Rhythm Of The Rain

Dan Fogelberg - electric piano, electrci guitar, synthesizers, drum program, vocals

Russ Kunkel - drums

Bob Glaub - bass

Al Garth - tenor sax

The Waters - harmony vocals with Heart Attack Horns

 

Bones In The Sky

Dan Fogelberg - piano, synthesizers, classical guitar, string arrangement, vocals

 

The Spirit Trail

Dan Fogelberg - electric guitars, keyboards, drum program, peyote drum, percussion, slide guitar, vocals

Russ Kunkel - drums, percussion

Bob Glaub - bass

Mike Finnigan - organ

Timothy B. Schmit - harmony vocals

 

Ever On

Dan Fogelberg - acoustic guitar, Roland synth guitar, keyboards, synth drum program, vocals

Russ Kunkel - drums, percussion

Bob Glaub - Fretless bass

Lenny Castro - percussion

 

Produced by Dan Fogelberg for Full Moon Productions

Recorded at - Mountain Bird Studio,Colorado (at the Ranch); Lahaina Sound, Maui, Hawaii; Sunset Sound, L.A.

 

Lyrics

 

Aurora Nova 

(Instrumental)

 

 

The Wild Places 

 

I was walking alone through the lofty San Juans 

With a heart full of light and a head full of songs 

I was thinking of time and how much it will cost 

To recapture the souls that we surely have lost 

 

In the cities and towns there are millions who dream 

But the traffic's so loud that you can't hear them scream 

There's a heaven on earth that so few ever find 

Though the map's in your soul and the road's in your mind 

 

So many mountains before us, so many rivers to cross 

Where is the wisdom to bring back the vision we've lost 

Can we gaze with the wonder of children 

Into the deafening night 

Has it gotten so dark that we cannot remember the light 

 

When you sleep on the ground with the stars in your face 

You can feel the full length of the beauty and grace 

In the wild places man is an unwelcome guest 

But it's here that I'm found and it's here I feel blessed 

 

 

 

Forefathers 

 

They came from Scandinavia, the land of midnight sun 

And crossed the North Atlantic when this century was young 

They'd heard that in America every man was free 

To live the way he chose to live and be who he could be 

 

Some of them were farmers there and tilled the frozen soil 

But all they got was poverty for all their earnest toil 

They say one was a sailor who sailed the wide world round 

Made home port, got drunk one night, walked off the pier and drowned 

 

My mother was of Scottish blood, it's there that she was born 

They brought her to America in 1924 

They left behind the highlands and the heather-covered hills 

And came to find America with broad expectant dreams and iron wills 

 

My granddad worked the steel mills of central Illinois 

His daughter was his jewel, his son was just his boy 

For thirty years he worked the mills and stoked the coke-fed fires 

And looked toward the day when he'd at last turn 65 and could retire 

 

(Chorus) 

And the sons become the fathers and their daughters will be wives 

As the torch is passed from hand to hand 

And we struggle through our lives 

Though the generations wander, the lineage survives 

And all of us, from dust to dust, we all become forefathers by and by 

 

The woman and the man were wed just after the war 

And they settled in this river town and three fine sons she bore 

One became a lawyer and one fine pictures drew 

And one became this lonely soul who sits here now 

And sings this song to you 

 

(Chorus) 

By and By By and By 

 

 

 

Song Of The Sea 

 

Broken clouds along the blue horizon 

The sun is setting and the wind is dying down 

Outward bound, there is music all around 

Can you hear it...it's the song of the sea 

 

Soundings taken at the edge of darkness 

The widest silences the heart can ever hear 

You can steer to the stars along your lee 

Set you bearings to the song of the sea 

 

Oh and the song is as ancient as the days 

And the winds upon the waves 

Let it carry you away, so far away 

 

Trim my sails to greet the breaking morning 

Past the headlands to the rolling open sea 

And it comes to me, I have never felt so free 

As when I'm listening to the song of the sea 

 

Oh and the song is as ancient as the days 

And the winds upon the waves 

Let it carry me away, so far away 

 

Some were meant to watch the world from windows 

And never look beyond the road beneath their feet 

But for me, I was always meant to be 

One forever chasing the song of the sea 

The song of the sea...the song of the sea 

 

 

 

Anastasia's Eyes

 

There's thorns on the cactus tree, there's thorns on the rose 

There's thorns in the heart of me that nobody knows 

They tear at the flesh until the tears start to rise 

They form in my heart but they fall from Anastasia's eyes 

 

And I was lost in the wilderness without courage or hope 

I was setting my signal fires and watching the smoke 

When out of the smoke appeared the sweetest surprise 

And I knew I'd been found when first I looked into Anastasia's eyes 

 

There's thorns on the cactus tree, there's thorns on the rose 

There's thorns in the heart of me, that nobody knows 

But finally I've found out where my salvation lies 

It lies in the love that lives in Anastasia's eyes 

It lies in the love that lives in Anastasia's eyes 

 

 

 

Blind To The Truth 

 

In the overcrowded cities where the nights are bright as day 

You spend your weekly paycheck and turn your eyes away 

From the crisis we've created with our self-indulgent ways 

Living like there's no tomorrow, well that just might be the case 

 

Now they're tearing down the forests and the jungles of Brazil 

Without a second thought about the species that they kill 

But extinction is forever and still the forests fall 

And push it ever closer to extinction for us all 

 

But you're so... 

Blind to the truth, blind to the truth 

And you can't see nothin' 

'Cause you're so blind to the truth, blind to the truth 

And the judgment day is coming 

 

Now the politicians bicker on the early evening news 

Pledging their allegiance to whoever they can use 

The corporate bosses snicker as they watch the profits soar 

They don't care what they make next month just as long as it is more

 

They take our farms and marshlands, drive nature to the wall 

Just so they can build another Goddamn shopping mall 

And it doesn't seem to matter if they cannot see the stars 

As long as they can keep on building obsolescent cars 

 

They're so... 

Blind to the truth, blind to the truth 

No they can't see nothin' 

They're so blind to the truth, blind to the truth 

But the judgment day is coming 

 

Now you cannot drink the water and you cannot breathe the air 

The sky is ripping open and you still don't seem to care 

The soil is tired and toxic and unable to provide 

The clock is running out and there is nowhere left to hide 

 

Now there's laws that we must live by and they're not the laws of man 

Can't you see the shadow that moves across this land 

The future is upon us and there's so much we must do 

And you know I can't ignore it and my friend neither can you 

 

Unless you're... 

Blind to the truth, blind to the truth 

And you can't see nothin' 

You're so blind to the truth, blind to the truth 

But the judgment day is coming 

 

 

 

Lovers In A Dangerous Time 

 

Don't the hours grow shorter as the days go by 

You never get to stop and open your eyes 

One day you're waiting for the sky to fall 

The next you're dazzled by the beauty of it all 

 

When you're lovers in a dangerous time 

Lovers in a dangerous time 

 

These fragile bodies of touch and taste 

This vibrant skin, this hair like lace 

Spirits open to the thrust of grace 

Never a breath you can afford to waste 

 

When you're lovers in a dangerous time 

Lovers in a dangerous time 

Lovers in a dangerous time 

Lovers in a dangerous time 

When you're lovers in a dangerous time 

 

Sometimes you're made to feel as if your love's a crime 

But nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight 

You got to kick at the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight 

 

When you're lovers in a dangerous time 

Lovers in a dangerous time 

Lovers in a dangerous time 

Lovers in a dangerous time 

Lovers in a dangerous time 

Lovers in a dangerous time 

Lovers in a dangerous time 

Oh-oh Lovers in a dangerous time.... 

 

 

 

Rhythm Of The Rain 

 

Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain 

Telling me just what a fool I've been 

I wish that it would go and let me cry in vain 

And let me be alone again 

Now the only girl I've ever loved has gone away 

Looking for a brand new start 

Little does she know that when she left that day 

Along with her she took my heart 

 

Rain please tell me now does that seem fair 

For her to steal my heart away when she don't care 

I can't love another when my heart's somewhere far away 

 

Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain 

Telling me just what a fool I've been 

I wish that it would go and let me cry in vain 

And let me be alone again 

Oh the only girl I've ever loved has gone away 

Looking for a brand new start 

Little does she know that when she left that day 

Along with her she took my heart 

 

Rain won't you tell her that I love her so 

Please ask the sun to set her heart aglow 

And rain in her heart 

And let the love we knew start to grow (whoa-whoa) 

 

Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain 

Telling me just what a fool I've been 

Oh, I wish that it would go and let me cry in vain 

And let me be alone again 

 

When the rain comes they run and hide their heads 

They might as well be dead 

When the rain comes.... 

 

Written by John Claude Gummoe

Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. ( BMI)

"Rain" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

 

 

 

Bones In The Sky

 

Up through the branches 

The stars shine above on the arroyos and mesas you loved 

And as the moon rises, the black mountain mourns 

For the old friend he'll look on no more 

 

Jacks-in-the-Pulpit, bones in the sky 

Long winding rivers that never ran dry 

And the secrets she gathered from the wild blowing sands 

Breathed in her heart and her hands 

 

I sing to your spirit where all my dreams dwell 

The vision--the freedom, the life lived so well 

And I sing in your canyons and the echoes ring clear 

And I wish somehow you may still hear 

 

 

 

The Spirit Trail

 

The light is long the sun is low 

I'm riding fast across this dusty road 

But I don't want to be, no I don't want to be 

Above the ridge an eagle flies in lazy circles in the western skies 

I want to fly with him I want to walk the spirit trail 

 

I've seen them come I've seen them go off to the oilfields and rodeos 

To find a better way, they leave their native soil 

But I can hear a different song 

The drum within my heart is beating strong 

I want to follow it, I've got to walk the spirit trail 

 

(Chorus) 

Let every creature I see (whoa) be a brother and a friend to me 

Let every step that I take leave the footprints of a warrior 

Along the spirit trail... 

Heya-heya heya hiyo 

Heya-heya heya hiyo 

Heya-heya heya hiyo 

Heya-heya heya hiyo 

 

They took the land, they took control 

They robbed my father of his very soul 

To be like one of them, to be like one of them 

But I was born a native son 

And I will never be another one to give it all away 

I've got to walk the spirit trail 

 

(Chorus) 

Heya-heya heya hiyo 

Heya-heya heya hiyo 

Heya-heya heya hiyo 

(Chorus) 

 

 

 

Ever On 

 

May the trail rise up to meet you 

May your heart rejoice in song 

May the skies be fair above you 

As you journey ever on 

 

Ever on--ever on 

Ever on--ever on 

 

And in this planetary circle 

We are but a single stone 

Spinning on our fragile axis 

Through the endless night alone 

 

Ever on--ever on 

Ever on--ever on 

Ever on 

 

May your love be there to guide us 

May it always keep us strong 

May we walk within your footsteps 

As you lead us ever on 

 

Ever on--ever on 

Ever on--ever on 

Ever on--ever on 

Ever on--ever on 

Ever on 

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