Echoes ... (faces in the fire)...

I see faces in the fire... there's echoes in the smoke...

 suspect wood and flames conspire...to have me believe that you just spoke.

be it a message down the wire; or just what I think  need to hear...

I see faces in the fire... they're grinning ear to ear.

 

 

I see figures in the trees... limbs upstretched to the sky...

silhouettes of surrender by degrees... hear them moan and sigh...

see them swerve and sway... in servitude to the wind...

trapped in their passion play... they're dancing once again...

 

 

I carve cavalry in the clouds... ghost riders in the sky...

still hollerin' my name out loud... as they go thundering by...

and my dreams they do stampede... across a landscape so surreal...

where I conjure what I need... and hope to cope with how I feel...

 

 

there's spirits in the water... rain to river, lake to sea...

echoes of the ancient's daughter...beckoning to me...

"when you give yourself to smoke... and your ashes need tor rest...

the invitation is invoked... come to the ones who served you best..,"

 

 

I see faces in the fire... there's echoes in the smoke...

wood and flames conspire... to have me believe that you just spoke...

be it a message down the wire... or just what I think I need to hear...

I sit serenading faces in the fire... and we're grinnin' ear to ea...

 

  ...well.. I woke this morning with another lyric in my head, but when I checked my messages there was a note from my old friend and (virtual) pen pal Peter Cullen way up there in the dark days of winter in Yellowknife... Pete had been sending a note about how he would like to hear of a tribute concert to our mutual pal Cris Cuddy, with various friends and artists covering his material, and out of the 8000 songs on his playlist, Cris' version of this song popped up... synchronicity, indeed. I titled it 'Echoes' (the original title to Fred Neil's 'Everybody's Talkin',,,, a big hit for Harry Nilsson and the theme from 'The Midnight Cowboy'... one can't 'copyright' a title, I'm told... so occasionally I'll pilfer one that appeals for whatever reason... Cris switched some lyric around and chose 'Faces in the Fire' as his title... he said " this lyric speaks to me...".

... well ... it speaks to me, as well... echoes in the smoke... wood and flames conspire... many the night I've sat and stared into the embers of a hearth or wood stove and let my imagination run wild... across a landscape so surreal... of course I'm pleased to have Cris sing any of my songs, and to him I would extend greater latitude than to anyone else... love to all, d.

 

 

 

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