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The Hermit Song

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When I ramble with my ragged load
And the land is wearin' tattered veils of snow
In the river roars an ancient race of men
Speaking of the friends we'll never see again

I must 'a missed him this time but we meet by the river when the ice goes out of the pond
So many years he survived in the wind and the cold no one ever knew how he survived
I must 'a missed him this time but he's gone away and he was never found (never found a sign of his life)
He had a vigil of flies 'til the last fly died and the birds flew south

When the wind would howl so fiercely in the storm
He's slip into a crease under the forest floor
Cozy fire-lit big-eyed faces spun the tale
How in the white black winter night he'd still prevail

I must 'a missed him this time but we meet by the river when the ice goes out of the pond
So many years he survived in the wind and the cold no one ever knew how he survived
I must 'a missed him this time but he's gone away in the autumn wind where we go
He never said goodbye but what's comin' round's comin' back again and he's gone

(hoots and hollers)

I been waiting for a week in vain gonna leave tonight if I don't see him today
Where everyone is so far away there's a voice in the river tellin' of a last day
Must 'a missed him but it couldn't be (cause that's the way we find truth)
slowin' down layin' down on the river bank (and he's gone)
Where everyone is so far away
(cause that's the way we find hope)
a certain fine time we find the right time
(cause that's the time of their life)

By the river on the Indian trail there's a voice in the river tellin' of a lost time
Where everyone is so far away there's a voice in the river tellin' of a lost time

huhoh huhohohoh

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from JL Stiles, released May 1, 2021
JL Stiles solo voice and guitar with harmony singers Yunoka Berry, Sarah Iyer and Melissa Jones
Words and music by JL Stiles

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JL Stiles San Francisco, California

I would love to fingerpick and sing just like Blind Blake but as everyone knows, this is like becoming the Buddha.

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