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Doug    12

Hi everyone,

Here's one of my favourite songs by Jane Siberry.

I placed it here in SongWriting along with her lyrics just in the hopes that it will inspire someone.

I really like Jane. She is pretty quirky and some of her songs don't find me in their target market. But a lot do. Probably her most famous song is Calling All Angels that has been in a few movies.

Here is The Valley sung by K.D. Lang.

I live in the hills

You live in the valleys

And all that you know

Are these blackbirds

You rise every morning

Wondering what in the world

Will the world bring today

Will it bring you joy

Or will it take it away?

And every step you take

Is guided by

The love of the light on the land

And the blackbird's cry

You will walk, you will walk

You will walk in good company

Valley is dark, the burgeoning holding

The stillness obscured by their judging

You walk through the shadows

Uncertain and surely hurting

Deserted by the blackbirds

And the staccato of the staff

And though you trust the light

Towards which you wend your way

Sometimes you feel all that you wanted

Has been taken away

You will walk, you will walk

You will walk in good company

I love the best in you

You love the best in me

Though it is not always easy

Lovely, lonely

We will walk, we will walk

We will walk in good company

The shepherd, upright and flowing

You see

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carol m    64

Hey Doug, a great version. I think I prefer it to Jane Silberry's version. KD has such amazing voice control and musical interpretation without it being 'show-off-y'.

Any views on the meaning of the switch in focus/sentiment at 'The valley is dark' - maybe she (Jane) had a fight with someone she cares about? Or the other person has depression?

Or the last 2 lines?? Is she (Jane, presumably) religious or is this something else? And it seems very odd to me, to tag those last 2 lines on the end, after what went before.

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Doug    12

Hi carol

I have it in my mind that this is about the lives of the mentally disabled. Not really sure what the blackbirds refer to. I think it is also loosely based on the 23rd psalm. The Lord is my shepherd...

I saw Jane do this live and it was just mesmerizing .

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