Old Man on the Mountain

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The Old Man on the Mountain


The old man on the mountain found a way
To turn any star back into a heart that never would fade
While his sister the shepherd she opened the eyes of the storm
Saying see how they cry, do you still wonder why
They forgot they were born

Oh, but I don’t mind this peaceful silence
After they all go
For it leaves me breathless
This ever-restless
Need for me to know

The art-maker’s truck bead of split hearts rolled cold
Down the highway humble to war
‘Tween destroying his mind and losing his time
To a woman who let herself go by the door

By their child looking up and wondering why
They’re so angry in fire and breeze
As a grandmother hides the tears that she cries
For a world that was calmer inside of the dream

Oh, but I don’t mind this peaceful silence
After they all go
For it leaves me breathless
This ever-restless
Need for me to know

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from Before the Light, released December 25, 2014

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James Thomas London, UK

James Thomas is a singer/songwriter from Vancouver. A blend of Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley and Paul Simon. He plays in a finger- picking acoustic style with literary influences from Henry Miller to Walt Whitman. His songs deal with themes of conflict between the search for peace, alienation, women, the imagination and self-destruction. ... more

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