"Wood Song" as written by and Emily Ann Saliers....
The thin horizon of a plan is almost clear
My friends and I have had a tough time
Bruising our brains hard up against change
All the old dogs and the magician
Now I see we're in the boat in two by twos
Only the heart that we have for a tool we could use
And the very close quarters are hard to get used to
Love weighs the hull down with its weight
But the wood is tired and the wood is old
And we'll make it fine if the weather holds
But if the weather holds we'll have missed the point
That's where I need to go

No way construction of this tricky plan
Was built by other than a greater hand
With a love that passes all out understanding
Watching closely over the journey
Yeah but what it takes to cross the great divide
Seems more than all the courage I can muster up inside
Although we get to have some answers when we reach the other side
The prize is always worth the rocky ride
But the wood is tired and the wood is old
And we'll make it fine if the weather holds
But if the weather holds we'll have missed the point
That's where I need to go

Sometimes I ask to sneak a closer look
Skip to the final chapter of the book
And then maybe steer us clear from some of the pain it took
To get us where we are this far yeah
But the question drowns in it's futility
And even I have got to laugh at me
No one gets to miss the storm of what will be
Just holding on for the ride
The wood is tired and the wood is old
We'll make it fine if the weather holds
But if the weather holds we'll have missed the point
That's where I need to go


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"The Wood Song" as written by Emily Ann Saliers

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    General CommentI think this is one of Emily's best. Partly for the musical sophistication (modulation and variety in harmony part); but also this lyric. Seems to be about spirituality.
    kazuon April 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about accepting the hardships of life and the turmoils of the soul, because without them life would be pointless. It's about trying to organize and plan you're life, but in the end any plan goes wrong leaving you unsure where your life is headed. The end lesson is to simply except life as it is. I love how this song is right after Touch Me Fall, it is a perfect answer to the questions the first song asks.
    EZEebson July 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYes, this song speaks of God and his great hand in our journey. We can't do it (life) without him. Faith (seems all the courage I can muster up inside), perseverance (the prize is always worth the rocky ride), love (only the heart we have for a tool we can use). Life can be tough but there is comfort in knowing we aren't random creatures with no greater meaning. The meaning is akin to Garth Brook's words "I could have missed the pain but I'd had to miss the dance."
    Boogson June 12, 2008   Link

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