Follow the Heron

Written by Scottish folk artist Karine Polwart which she recorded on her album Scribbled in Chalk. Andrew & Casey recorded it on their album Skeins.

The back of the winter is broken 
And light lingers long by the door
And the seeds of the summer have spoken
In gowans that bloom on the shore 

By night and day we'll sport and we'll play
And delight as the dawn dances over the bay
Sleep blows the breath of the morning away
And we follow the heron home 

In darkness we cradled our sorrow
And stoked all our fires with fear
Now these bones that lie empty and hollow 
Are ready for gladness to cheer 

By night and day… 

So long may you sing of the salmon
And the snow-scented sounds of your home
While the north wind delivers its sermon 
Of ice and salt water and stone 

By night and day…