Let the sun gather round my shoulders
And I will forget my loss
For I had a child
Whose skin was soft as summer
As I laid her down for sleep

But she says,
"Father don't leave me
My dreams have turned to black"

Listen here, my only daughter, closely
And you can sleep in peace
For I have strong hands
And a cautious eye for danger
So you can sleep in peace

But she says,
"Father don't leave me
My skin has turned to white"

Listen here, my only daughter, closely,
And you can sleep in peace
For my house is warm
From the winds that blow so coldly
So you can sleep in peace

But she says,
"Father stay closely
My heart, it's cold like stone"

My daughter sleeps
But she will not be dreaming
Her breathing grows so weak
My heart tears the skin
A bird has lost its feathers
My hands, they grow so weak

The moon rises over my apartment
but I can't look fondly on

Let the earth gather round my daughter
And I will forget my loss
For I had a child
Whose skin was soft as summer
As I laid her down for sleep


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    General CommentThis is my favorite song of all time. I sing it any time I'm alone for a long period of time. It makes me cry any time I hear it in concert. My guess is that it is refering to a man believing he is strong and seeing how weak he can be as his daughter dies in her sleep. It is just beautiful, yet very sad.
    Virithon January 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentshould be "The moon rises over my farm lands"

    what a sad and beautiful song.
    virgaon January 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe song was apparently written by Jay about a friend who had to have an abortion (loosely based).
    judithavoryon June 13, 2005   Link

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