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04/22/2012

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Mike Iverson

I was thinking of appropriate songs for Earth Day when it hit me that the very first song I wrote was an environmental "call to arms". I was just out of high school ('78 or '79).

I still liken the inner peace I experience in the backcountry to song...


The Silent Song
(Mike Iverson)

High upon this rocky knoll, I answer back the silent call.
The darkened woods around me ring, the life within in silence sings.

No written word can match the peace this silent song will freely teach,
and though the song some souls don’t hear, for those in tune it rings out clear.

(Chorus)
For the silence of the hills can fill your heart with hope and song.
The path it shows reveals to us a life we’ve left too long...

But now a new song fills the air. It breeds complacency, greed, despair.
From this Hell you cannot hide for “mankind” surrounds you on all sides.

They build their roads, they raise their towns. Their factories obscure the clouds.
Saying “progress must now take the lead”, they destroy the peace the forest needs.

(Chorus)
And yet the silence of the hills can fill your heart with hope and song.
The path it shows reveals to us a life we’ve left too long...

Now we who listen must not hide, for we alone can stem the tide.
The forest screams out for our aid as it decries the death role our hands played.

Those greedy men whose selfish grasp have choked the silent song at last
Must face the ruin they have caused and give the forest back it’s song.

(Chorus)
For the silence of the hills can fill your heart with hope and song.
The path it shows reveals to us a life we’ve left too long...

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