I am holding half an acre
Torn from the map of Michigan
And folded in this scrap of paper
Is a land I grew in

Think of every town you've lived in
Every room, you lay your head
And what is it that you remember?

Do you carry every sadness with you
Every hour your heart was broken
Every night the fear and darkness
Lay down with you

A man is walking on the highway
A woman stares out at the sea
And light is only now just breaking

So we carry every sadness with us
Every hour our heart were broken
Every night the fear and darkness
Lay down with us

But I am holding half an acre
Torn from the map of Michigan
I am carrying this scrap of paper

That can crack the darkest sky wide open
Every burden taken from me
Every night my heart unfolding
My home

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Half Acre Lyrics as written by Daniel R. Messe

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  • +1
    General Commentsuch an amazingly beautiful song...
    HeyNiceGetson June 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is quite pretty. Am I correct that it is the one for the Liberty Mutual commercial where the people are doing nice things for others in a perpetuating circle?
    kaleidoscopeeyes8on June 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love this song and the artist. the singer has such a simple yet beautiful voice.
    karensmilingon August 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the progression of the verses and how the order of the subjects tells a part of the story.
    I like that she starts out describing herself and her own growth. And by the fifth verse, the subject changes from "I" to a collective "we", and everyone she's met along the way influences each subsequent verse.
    I think that each group of people in each verse relate to one another in sort of the same way that the commercial depicts how people connect.
    StephanieHoyeon April 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think shes saying that people always seem to look far away for guidance and comfort, when thats never the right place to get them. its like the people in the song are looking outward for answers or happiness, looking to other places. but no matter where you go, your troubles will still be with you. and i think she says that its not some faraway place or thing that can comfort you when you go to sleep every night, it can only come from your home, from within.
    anyway, extremely powerful song. makes me all teary-eyed sometimes.
    NinaNinjaon April 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes :)
    wokeupinacaron July 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnyone have thoughts on what this song is about? It seems a little like she is saying that she always has a piece of her home with her, and that makes her feel better. Most of the song talks about thinking/dwelling on all the pain in our lives, but at the end, she brings up the map of Michigan (her home) and how it can open up a dark sky and take away burdens. I might be way off, but either way, I LOVE this song.
    MidC80on March 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful. I like the faster version from Rabbit Songs more than the version from Birds, Beasts, and Flowers.
    thewhitepony33on April 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIs this the original version of these lyrics? There are a couple of other versions of this song mentioned in this thread, are the lyrics the same in those versions? I remember reading it as a poem in a news letter quite awhile ago and liked it so much I copied it down in a notebook. I heard it sung on the TV commercial and subsequently looked it up on the internet, but half the words that I copied from the poem version were missing, and what is really weird is that the idea that seems to be intended in the TV ad is more along the lines of the poem I copied down years ago. Does anyone know anything about this song and writer beyond what is already posted, specifically are the lyrics derived from a longer work. I still have the notebook but would like to wait to see if I can find any corroboration first, before posting the version that I have, as it is hand copied and from a very unofficial source to begin with. Thank you for any information.
    evelynadelleon May 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is awesome poetry.

    This is one of the best songs I've ever heard by a female singer.
    OpinionHeadon August 10, 2007   Link

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