Tyre and Sidon

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The bells rang out after midnight
In a shifty and sultry light
The bells rang out after midnight
In a fire from the heavens, a storm of an awful kind

Cold sound in a hot night
Hot fire, burning bright
The bells rang out after midnight
The watchman in the tower a hole in the smokey light

We set out after midnight
Abandoned home in a panicked flight
We set out after midnight
We headed for the waters, our homes we left behind

We found our boats in the lamplight
Hidden crudely and sparse supplied
We set out after midnight
Our hope was in the water, nothing for us behind

Oh please have mercy on me
On my family, on our daughters, on our brothers,
Our wives and our sons
Please, couldn't you let be in our city
Surely, surely you could have found a flower, at least just one

We left the shore, we put out for more
As the waters they rose in the awful storm
The seas they boiled in a furious fright
In the fallout from the fallen blight

The rising tides they crest and fall
No new respite, no rest at all
No more a home, no more a hope,
It's all gone up in smoke

No one to see, to sing our songs,
Our reveries, to right our wrongs
Our dreams to ash in the fallen fire
Oh Sodom and Gomorrah, Tyre and Sidon

Oh please have mercy on me
On my family, on our daughters, on our brothers,
Our wives and our sons
Please, couldn't you let be in our city
Surely, surely you could have found a flower, at least just one

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from Quiet in the Land, released August 21, 2015

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Quiet in the Land Kitchener, Ontario

Quiet in the Land weaves together Appalachian, Maritime, and Americana traditions to create original contemporary folk music. Guitarist and mandolinist Dan Root and fiddler Laura Enns blend thoughtful lyrics and warm harmonies with spirited instrumental arrangements to compose songs that celebrate community music-making, everyday spirituality, and lives tied to the land. ... more

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