Alpenglow - Mountain Man

from by Charlie McCarron

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It isn’t safe for a sailor boy to live far from the ocean
His lungs will start to dry out if he doesn’t get his quotient
He’s in his happiest state
When his fingers are calloused
And he’s ferrying freight
To provide his own ballast

(Oh-oh-oh-oh)

Give him something old to love, give him something new to covet
If he’s seen it before, then I know he’s likely to love it

When it’s worse to live inland than to die on a reef,
When he’s not beside the ocean, he’s beside himself with grief

It isn’t safe for a mountain man to live far from the highland
Whatever voice of god he used to hear will soon fall silent
But when his spirit is battened
To the top of a glacier
He’ll never be flattened
By the force of erasure

(Oh-oh-oh-oh)

Give him something old to love, give him something new to covet
If he’s seen it before, then I know he’s likely to love it

Now walking through the flatlands is a flatline postmortem
When he’s not beside the ocean he’s beside himself with boredom

It isn’t safe for your lover to be miles from where your home is
Wherever he should lay his head he’s sure to feel homeless
Now he’s far from the bedroom
Where your moves are the cleverest
But he’s looking for headroom
From Manhattan to Everest

(Oh-oh-oh-oh)

Give him something old to love, give him something new to covet
If he’s seen it before, then I know he’s likely to love it

Now the cities are empty and the landscape is haunting
When he’s not beside his lover he’s beside himself with wanting

(Oh-oh-oh-oh)

Give him something old to love, give him something new to covet
If he’s seen it before, then I know he’s likely to love it

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from The Song A Week Sessions: Volume 1, released January 12, 2012
Brian Laidlaw - Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Ashley Hanson - Vocals, Ukelele
Charlie McCarron - Piano, Bass

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Every week for 4 months, Charlie McCarron asked a new MN songwriter, composer, or band to let him produce one of their original songs.

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