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That Ridge

from Birds of Plenty by Yellowbelly

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Not the first of our songs where the lyrics owe a debt to WB Yeats.


That Ridge
Beyond that ridge there’s a myth lived still
Free of half-life embers and the graveyard chill
Over the escarpment there’s a light so charmed
Notes poured pealed down on a land becalmed

Don’t look for me cos I’ll be gone
For a cloud in passing a wild raven’s song
Don’t look for me cos I’ll be gone
For the salmon falling where the root is strong

Far from the soothsayers with empty eyes
(In the) half light grey another long day dies
Cross the fell to find a furnace rage
At the fallow questions on the gilded stage

Spurn the highway the defendant’s plea
Obtuse to charnel house reality
Things I love are things I cannot see today

Take a turn with all your joys and cares
If daylight comes upon you unawares
Thank the helmsman when you’re safe on shore
The crossing’s hard but that’s what hardship’s for


from Birds of Plenty, released February 17, 2020


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Yellowbelly Nuremberg, Germany

Yellowbelly are Lawrence, Stefan, Markus, Boris and Kathi. They play guitars, violins, drums, a double bass, a banjo, a mandolin, a lap steel, an oud and other instruments, but not all at the same time. Yellowbelly play in pubs, churches, barns, internists's surgeries, fields, living rooms, stages and castles. Yellowbelly play songs about forgotten space probes, trains, cicadas and ratcatchers. ... more

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