Grandfather Buzzard

from by Adrian Niles



Music by Adrian Niles, lyrics by Adrian Niles & Chad Burrall.


Grandfather buzzard built you these mountains
And filled them with veins of gold and black blood
When the kingdom all crowded the arch in the sky
He pulled up deep mud from the water to dry
For saplings to root, for birds to make nest
For the Vulture to brood among great beasts and pests
For your feet to tread while you forge ahead
To rest and seek shelter, to bury your dead

Grandfather buzzard he drew down his wing
To carved you this valley for water to bend
To protect you from wild winds that gather on high plains
To weave ribbons of rivers from the high ridge rains
To hunt to make shelter by a confluent force
To foster your children to hasten your course
To protect and to serve the needs of the many
For bait and for hook, to eat and drink plenty

Grandfather buzzard tamed the fierce flame
He taught it to travel from east into west
To shine light for yield on crop and of men
To awaken the day again and again


from Digital 45, released March 31, 2017
Adrian Niles-Drums, Guitar, Bass, Vocals and Harmonica



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