In the Forest

by Garth East

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released April 15, 2001

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Garth East Victoria, British Columbia

If the gifts of nature are called "natural resources" then I guess music is also a natural resource.
I have been living and loving and learning about all kinds of natural resources since I was a young boy here on the west coast of Canada. The strength of the land and the water that connects us all depends on how well we are able to "sing in this land"- and how well we can respect the whole. ... more

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Track Name: Wild Woman
Through your harlequin's face and your plastic glasses
there shines a peculiar style
So you're the Cadillac of sidewalk desire
but it's the bees that are making me smile
Making love to a flower
runnin' rin tin tin
you got no final hour
for your primal sin
Wild Woman I know

You're far too independent
to be out there on your own
You know I'd like to see you
but you make me feel like a clone
Your love is my horse that is running me over
Unbridled and far far from home
Wild Woman I know

If we go out somewhere
you might stand there staring like the Sphinx
You tell them without talking
that you're thinking that their world stinks
Well the lights go down low
you get me in the car
Ask me how far
It's just a bit too far
Wild Woman I know

You know I'd like to see you
if you invited me over some time
But the rules are always yours
and it's your house never mine
Wild Woman I know
that you're going for control
And I know for sure
that you're not going to "get" me "get" me "get" me
Wild woman I know
Track Name: Merlin and Vivian
On a rock in a lake at a castle square
I met a young maiden dancing there
We spoke butterflies
that forgave our lies
And we danced in the heather
I know not where

I followed her there
so she followed me here
She said that her name was Vivian
Vivian dear won't you come away
far away with me

We sent glistening spheres
through streams so clear
Held their telltale lanterns green
we woke the woods with Chinese chimes
Chasing Moondust for the Queen

Travelling through in a wooden shoe
we stopped along the way
A note for me was pinned to a tree
so I read what it had to say

(Chorus)
Your love to trust is your love that stays
away from the secrets you don't betray
Stay alive then you'll stay inside
Your mind and the music
that you have made

I looked at my lady and she looked at me
to the note we paid no heed
We sailed upstream through bright leaves green
'til my true love said to me

Merlin dear may we stop here
I fear that you don't love me
All secrets we share
you are aware
That there's one that I long to see

For I have heard from the learned bird
'twas you who won Dundee
By a secret with a power to lock a man
Alive in a rock or a tree

'Tis true fair maid by a power not mine
I brought these things to pass
But if I tell you the charm you could do me harm
Please trust my love alas..

(repeat Chorus)

But Merlin did tell the forbidden spell
which Vivian did repeat
His love betrayed
Merlin spent his days
Locked in the trunk of a tree
Track Name: Cancun Moon
The radio is quiet
the blender just jumped back on the shelf
The phones will not be ringing
unless they take to talking to themselves

I know I'd come this way again
but now it seems to soon
And anyone with any sense
would be howling at the moon

Machines have taken over
and my love for life is living in Cancun

Winding up the streets
the anaconda buses slither past
Staring through the sheets of rain
I wonder where I've come
and why so fast

I know I'd come this way again
but now it seems to soon
And anyone with any sense
would be howling at the moon

Machines have taken over
and my love for life is living in Cancum

Our love was oh so quiet
on the beach where the children
came to play
There we signed a truce in sand
that you would be the first
to go away
I loved your being perfectly
but the city was all that I knew
I asked that you would wait for me
But waiting was never for you

Machines have taken over
and my love for life is living in Cancun
Track Name: Exploring in Canada
Walking through this land
looking for the sea
A fur trade for the King
find some gold for the Queen

I saw some people there
in tents by a stream
A people strong and wise
but we were all just working
For the Queen.

They told me I would be
a good magistrate
Work for a mayor in a city
near Aberdeen

But I'd rather go exploring
in Canada
Than to sit around making excuses
for the Queen

We climbed up in the hills
looking out to the sea
To find us a brand new trading route
for a brand new industry

Together we walked the line
together we fell to the land
The law of the wilds
running our lives
In ways you can't understand

They told me I would be
a good magistrate
Work for a mayor in a city
Near Aberdeen
But I'd rather go exploring
In Canada
than to sit around making excuses
For the Queen
Track Name: I, You, We
I You We
I will listen and learn
and you will teach and sing
and all our relations harmonize
we'll watch the world begin
I You We
You will listen and learn
and you will teach and sing
and all our relations look to the skies
we'll watch the world begin
I You We
We will listen and learn
and we will teach and sing
and all our relations harmonize
we'll watch the world begin
I You We
Track Name: See A Light
See a light on a windswept sea
a note in a botttle for you and me
A love to hold is the force that heals
the world is calling out for truth
A world that is

It's these lights that make us feel quiet
there's time left to care and time left to heal
and to believe what's really there

See the baby in a wondrous sleep
a trust that gives no thought a care
A parent sees and the parent gives
the future that's ours to bear

It's these lights that make us feel quiet
there's time left to care and time left to heal
and to believe what's really there

See a light like a wil'o'the wisp
in a night moonlight glade
A spark of fire
from a crystal in a rock
These stars of nature are the stars that are real
they're the stars we trust
The stars that we find

It's these lights that make us feel quiet
there's time left to care and time left to heal
and to believe what's really there
Track Name: Deep in Doubt
The 'great PM' and the premiers
got set to drive this country aground
They took one quick look at the Constitution
and pushed a few pieces around

Well if you can't drive this car
then don't try to take it apart
Just find a way to lead the people
and speak straight from our heart

Because we're cutting all the forests down
and we're fishing all the oceans out
And the farms aren't for the people no more
you know Canada is Deep in Doubt

Some salesmen went to the USA
said man we can make you a deal
If you see something here you want for free
We'll put it up and make it a steal
Cause I'm sure that we can send it your way
Nobody here seems to care
Except maybe some people who live by the land
but we can keep them 'out of your hair'

Because we're cutting all the forests down
and we're fishing all the oceans out
And the farms aren't for the people no more
you know Canada is Deep in Doubt

Now one little boy from his history lesson
learned that the true north is strong and free
But free doesn't mean that we can give it away
take it from the family
Look to the people who lived here first
speak with open hearts
Ask where our future is on Indigenous lands
and how we can make a new start

Because we're cutting all the forests down
and we're fishing all the oceans out
And the farms aren't for the people no more
you know Canada is Deep in Doubt
Track Name: Millenium Dawn
Who has the nerve to dance in Millenium time
Five ten fifteen twenty two hundred years times five
Fifty generations of people
Doing just fine
Who has the nerve to dance in Millenium time

Situations are very bad
When we do not see
We can change what must be changed
And live in peace
Fill your heart songs with gladness for once
That's what keeps us free
Sharing in the sadness with those who can see ...

Who has the nerve to dance in Millenium time
Five ten fifteen twenty two hundred years times five
Fifty generations of people
Doing just fine
Who has the nerve to dance in Millenium time

Fill yor heart songs with gladness for once
That's what keeps us free
Sharing in the gladness with those who can see ...

Who has the nerve to dance in Millenium time
Five ten fifteen twenty two hundred years times five
Fifty generations of people
Doing just fine
Who has the nerve to dance in Millenium time.