The Prairie Pulled Me Under

by Meg Ashling

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released October 4, 2013

Recorded and mixed in Spring/Summer of 2013 by Paul Flynn in Northeast Minneapolis. Mastered by Neil Weir @ The Old Blackberry Way in Minneapolis.
All songs written by Meg Ashling unless otherwise noted.
Meg Ashling- Vocals, guitar, harmonica, mandolin, piano, clarinet, percussion
Josh Granowski- Upright Bass
Nikki Grossman- Fiddle, Backing Vocals
Paul Flynn- Tenor Banjo
Cover photo by Jason Frank

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Track Name: We Will All Cease to Be
In the hollow of a tree, that is where I make my home
That's where I keep my honey and my comb
Everything I need is free , nothing's ever bought or sold
And I know the flowers have a soul

Who will hear my desperate plea?
The fields are filled with poison loam
While man sits high upon his throne
If you refuse to believe, then all the people young and old
They will watch the ground around them fold

If I should vanish, humanity will perish
You cannot live without me
If you poison the earth with chemicals and pesticides
We will all cease to be, we will all cease to be
Track Name: Capstone Rag
When they gonna put that capstone on?
When they gonna put that capstone back on?
When they gonna put that capstone on?
When they gonna put that capstone back on?
When are all the children gonna sing a happy song?
When they put that capstone back on!

Well I've heard tell of a place in the sand
Long time ago they were livin' off the land
They never knew hunger and they never knew thirst
Their hearts were a-poundin' to the rhythm of the earth

Chorus

The whole world's lookin' for a beacon of light
Something to guide them in the middle of the night
It's been dark before and it'll be dark again
There's hard times ahead for all you women and men

Chorus
Track Name: In the Dead of Winter
The distant sun is sinking fast,
The clouds are tangled in their flight.
Trembling reeds, with shadows cast
Are sketching lines of black on white.
Down the orchard through the dark,
The breath of winter blooms to bristle:
Furnished by the frozen spark
Of frosted cedar, thorn and thistle.

The sugar maple, stripped of leaves
Along her little boggy brook
Is cursing snow and ice as thieves,
Pining for the green they took
While icicles which oft encumber
Angles more precipitous
Infringe upon her naked lumber,
Mockingly deciduous.

The elder moose will lose his crown,
Humbled when his hunger groans.
His haggard hide will wither down
And choke the marrow from his bones.
The chickadees will not rejoice
Until the wolves attack a deer.
Blood for blood will raise the voice
Of all the cheerful birds we hear.

No moon will dim the stars tonight
And light the snow for sleepless eyes,
Though fang and flesh will reunite
And none be taken by surprise.
As brutal as the dawn may be,
The woods have got to run their course.
A song will ring from tree-to-tree—
Enjoy the song, if not the source.
Track Name: Mayapple Euphoria
Fractality is the cause of gravity
And it's waiting for you to tell yourself the truth
When the evening primrose is smilin' at you
Your tears become just like the dew

Mayapple euphoria, chamomile and calamus
They're waiting for you, especially for you
When the evening primrose is smilin' at you
Your tears become just like the dew
Track Name: Heavy Metals
Can someone tell me, yes or no?
Did Jesus Christ play tic-tac-toe?
Did angels leave their clouds to draw
That silent, silken swastika?

You might remember-- God forbid
That only man would build a grid
To poison perfect scenery
With meddlesome machinery

So look before the sun declines
And read between the dotted lines
Look before the sun declines
And read between the dotted lines
Track Name: Flight Does Not Require Wings
When I look to the sky, I pray that I can fly
That my body may be healed and my heart may be light
But the pain that I feel, it cuts me to the bone
These tears that I weep are not my own

Oh the Milky Way flows from my head down to my toes
All darkness disappears though my eyelids are closed
And the music I hear, it seeps into my soul
Reminding me that I can be whole

Oh Great Mystery, grant the wisdom that I seek
How I long to fly up into the highest tree
Vultures circling round, feet are lifting off the ground
As I begin to sing, flight does not require wings
Track Name: Everything is Made of Light
Violence begets violence, peace begets peace
To bring an end to violence, we must all exhibit peace
Everything we see is made of light, as the moon reflects the sun
So the mind reflects the heart, and together they are one
Actions follow words, which follow thoughts
But what precedes a thought?

There's no separation between our minds
It's all an illusion, the illusion of time
Everything we see is made of light, as the moon reflects the sun
So the mind reflects the heart, and together they are one
Actions follow words which follow thoughts
But what precedes a thought?
Track Name: The Prairie Pulled Me Under
Listen to the birds, can't you hear them singin'
All for the sake of the song?
Just imagine all the joy you'd be bringin'
If only you'd sing along

Oh have you felt the breeze as it blows through the meadow
Carryin' a sweet melody?
Tellin' secrets that I'd like to know
And I want you to share them with me

There's a feelin' I can't define
As I sit and watch the clouds go by
The ingenuity of Nature's mind
Is all I care to ponder
If it seems as though I'm far away
And my eyes are filled with wonder
Just remember I'm a child at play
The prairie pulled me under

Do you take the time to talk to the flowers
In the middle of the day?
Or are you busy keeping count of the hours
And the dolars that you've made?

Have you ever felt a voice inside you
Cryin' out to be heard?
There is beauty all around to remind you
That your soul must be stirred

There's a feelin' I can't define
As I sit and watch the clouds roll by
The ingenuity of Nature's mind
Is all I care to ponder
If it seems as though I'm far away
And my eyes are filled with wonder
Just remember I'm a child at play
The prairie pulled me under
Track Name: How Little We Need
Hummingbird in rainbow colors
She goes between the worlds
Of life and death, joy and sorrow
Infinitely divine
And oh what wonderful wings, come nearer and sing to me

Purveyors of unending beauty
Protect me and keep me pure
Your medicine of transformation
Is drawing ever near
And oh how little we need when all is provided for