A Whisper On The Breeze

from by Paul Gill

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Inspired by Stanworth Valley in Lancashire, which was destroyed to make way for the M65 in 1995, this became a favourite on protest sites.
Its pagan imagery is often taken literally- not my intention.

lyrics

A whisper on the breeze
A sigh among the trees
An ancient legend rises from his slumber
New life born of old
The horns of Herne unfold
The Hunter is abroad again
Running with the deer
The Hunter's horn we hear
The stillness of the valley is broken
The guardian of the forest has awoken

Protector of the trees
A face among the leaves
The Hooded Man will draw his bow once more
Clothed all in green
He stalks the woods unseen
But he appears to our dance in Springtime
Sap flows through his veins
His heart of oak is made
In Autumn with the dying leaves he falls
But come the Springtime he will rise up tall

Have you heard the sounding of your name upon the breeze?
Have you heard him calling? For his people are in need
The forests they are falling, will you heed their call?
The forests they are calling for they need us
Else they fall

A mighty oak has grown
Where an acorn he once sowed
Through centuries of storms it has stood firm
Witness to an age
A wise but silent sage
Reaching for the Sun which gives it life
But beauty so long held
Is in an instant felled
The splintering of ancient limbs resounds
And the crown of living green comes crashing down

Have you heard the sounding of your name upon the breeze?
Have you heard him calling? For his people are in need
The forests they are falling, will you heed their call?
The forests they are calling for they need us
Else they fall

Have you heard the sounding of your name upon the breeze?
Have you heard him calling? For his people are in need
The forests they are falling, will you heed their call?
The forests they are calling for they need us
They need us one and all
Else they fall

A whisper on the breeze
A sigh amongst the trees
The people are rising from their slumber

credits

from Solid Ground, released May 28, 1998
Paul Gill- guitar, vocal
Maya Preece- vocal
Tina Bridgeman- vocal
Richard Osbourne- mandolin
Matt Tweed- percussion, vocal

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Paul Gill Bungay, UK

My music is an extention of my lifestyle and politics. I spent the nineties and early noughties taking direct action against ecological and social injustices, and more recently building alternatives to the social structures that perpetuate them. I record live, and prefer to work with others in a co-operative environment. If you like my stuff, share it, cover it, remix it. Let me know,coz I like it ... more

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