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  1. The Cedar

From the album In Search of the Way

©2016 Noah Derksen (SOCAN/ASCAP). All rights reserved. Lyrics used by permission only.

Lyrics

Sometimes the summer comes in strides
The shining sun abates the need to hide
Refreshing air soothes a tired sky
It warms the earth and makes way for evening light

But I told you not to run to me
I told you that it would be hard to breathe

Sometimes the summer sun beats down
So harsh upon the living on the ground
And so the cedar dies inside
It calls aloud for help with desperate cries

Yet I told you not to run to me
I told you that you would not want to see

I told you not to run to me
I told you I would break your fragile heart
But now I’m left just standing here
All alone in a room with broken mirrors

I’m forced to reckon with myself
But there’s nothing left to wreck but love itself

I told you not to run to me
I told you to be strong with straightened knees
But still I find I long for you
Arms stretched like broken branches for you to use

Sometimes the cedar rots away
Lays bare its chest and gives its final day
What once stood tall and strong and proud
Now lays soft and broken on the ground

But still I told you not to run to me
I told you to go roam, grow tall and free
But we followed suit like the cedar roots
And now we too lay humbled; misconstrued