Into Her Song

from by Neil MacNaughton

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I began this song with the image described in the first verse. I don't know why this vision of a woman, from perhaps the seventeen hundreds, came into my mind, but I felt her urgency as she busily penned her thoughts in her notebook. The message? Live life with intention and make your mark in time.

The vision of this woman grew into a representation of the great women of history who stood against adversity, prevailed and became beacons of hope for a better future. We can't all be a Harriet Tubman or Mother Theresa, but we can choose to live life with purpose and to teach others our stories. We sing the songs of lives long gone to remind us of the battles fought and won, and each one of us has a role to play in the chorus of history.

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She lay in bed in the middle of the night,
Her pupils opening wide in the candle light
And in her hand, she held her notebook tight
And she wrote the words of a song.

In the morning, at the setting of the moon,
She took her words and she gave them a tune
And in her heart, she hoped that she would soon
Share with the world her new song,
Share with the world her new song.

Every word she chose with care.
Every sentiment she meant for all to share.
She wrote the melody with love.
Every word came from her heart,
Every careful turn of phrase, a work of art.
She put her soul into her song, into her song, into her song.

The late day sun gave the sky a crimson hue.
It glowed in her eyes and the old woman knew.
She slept that night and a few more centuries through
At peace that she wrote out her song.

Through loss of land and loss of culture,
Through loss of language and written word,
Through segregation, humiliation,
Her song can still be heard.
Through every voice that sang her song,
Through melody and poetry for all to hear,
Through generations and new translations,
She's singing loud and clear.

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from Pieces Of The Trip, released October 11, 2014

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Neil MacNaughton Oakville, Ontario

Known for his energetic acoustic performances, Neil MacNaughton draws audiences in with his thoughtful songs and warm personality. As a singer songwriter, Neil loves the freedom to explore various styles. From the old-time bluesy feel of his latest single, Trouble, to country-tinged, I Saw Marty, to the Jethro Tull-like, Wide Open Spaces, Neil's songs go beyond simple roots rock. Just listen! ... more

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