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Lage horizon (with Dave McKeown)

Heb Ik Jou Daar on January 01, 2014 19:52

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    I wrote this song after reading a quote from the surrealist writer Jorge Luis Borges:

    “A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face.”

    Here's to the full life.

    @Dave McKeown: thanks Dave, for your brilliant contribution.
    It makes all the difference!

    [rough translation]
    LOW HORIZON
    wander with me all winter through the white frosted country
    let us leave some traces in heather, polder, grassland, dune and beach
    from Faith Hill to Baren Field
    from Harm Wood to Chuckle Brook
    take me to your heart, wander with me to the edge

    wander with me all winter and tell me what you know
    about this piece of earth that’s named to our first impressions
    The Fire Timber or Leaf Fen
    Shimmer Canal or Mill Dam
    striking are the names that you nonetheless will soon forget

    This is us
    This is us, dear
    dotted lines on the cold ground
    I see you
    I see you there
    in the twilight on the path
    on the low horizon

    wander with me all winter, map out this land
    roads, bridges, people, animals, anything you discover here
    from Faith Hill to Baren Field
    from Harm Wood to Chuckle Brook
    isn’t it a mystery that reveals itself to us?

    This is us
    This is us, dear
    dotted lines on the cold ground
    I see you
    I see you there
    in the twilight on the path
    on the low horizon

    [Dutch lyrics]
    LAGE HORIZON
    dwaal met mij de hele winter door het wit berijpte land
    trek met mij een spoor door heide, polder, weide, duin en strand
    van Geloofshoop tot Barreveld
    van Griefhorst tot Schaterbroek
    haal met mij je hart op, dwaal met mij tot aan de rand

    dwaal met mij de hele winter en vertel me wat je weet
    van het stukje aarde dat naar onze eerste indruk heet
    ’t Vuurhout of Bladerven
    de Glimvaart of Molendam
    beeldend zijn de namen die je ook weer zo vergeet

    Dit zijn wij
    Dit zijn wij schat
    stippellijnen op de koude grond
    ik zie jou
    ik zie jou daar
    in de schemer op het pad
    aan de lage horizon

    dwaal met mij de hele winter, breng met mij dit land in kaart
    wegen, bruggen, mensen, dieren, alles wat je hier ontwaart
    van Geloofshoop tot Barreveld
    van Griefhorst tot Schaterbroek
    is het geen mysterie dat zich aan ons openbaart?

    Dit zijn wij
    Dit zijn wij schat
    stippellijnen op de koude grond
    ik zie jou
    ik zie jou daar
    in de schemer op het pad
    aan de lage horizon

    Painting: Ludwig Munthe

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