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about

This song was inspired by learning how to ice skate at Campus Martius in Detroit

lyrics

A smooth sheet of white blankets these prairies
as twisted leaves tremble on skeleton trees.
The cottony grey sky rolls on and on,
this barren land’s a desert of cold.

Kingbirds and warblers have ceased their songs
and long since flown to southern lands.
All the air is still and all I hear is
crunching of snow beneath my feet.

I’ve grown accustomed to these woolen socks,
these cotton layers are like my skin.
As I glide across these frozen ponds
the winter’s beauty is slowly revealed.

When the Worm Moon rises and the ground thaws
and birds return to sing their songs,
I won’t be ready to hang up these skates-
I’ve learned to love this desert of cold.

credits

from Prairie Shanties of the Landlocked Mariner, released December 4, 2012
Rami Atassi- bass and guitar solo

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Rob Reid Chicago, Illinois

A voracious listener of traditional music from around the world, Rob draws from genres such as hi-life, griot, bossa nova, and classic jazz to create a backdrop for songs about real and fictional characters. Unlike Rob, these colorful characters get involved in endeavors such as riding public transit in West Africa, surviving lightning strikes, and holding up banks. ... more

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