“Unfinished Life”

This is totally not what I was thinking for today’s song, but I came across Kate Wolf (1942-1986) quite by accident not too long ago, and found this song particularly haunting and thought provoking. Sadly, she is no longer with us.

It’s an unfinished life, that I find lies before me

An open-ended dream, and I don’t want to wake

I’ve crossed so many riversΒ  in search of crystal fountains

I’ve found the truest paths always lead through mountains

I’ve seen water on the sky, and fire burning on the lake

 

You said to me “I cannot make you happy

Like a wounded bird you must find the strength to fly

Time can paint the tree tops with colours of the rainbow

But you cannot find the end, no matter how you try”

 

It’s a journey with my soul … that I am taking

One that only goes from the cradle to the grave

Going ’round in circles like painted dancing horses

Up and down we ride, on the wooden courses

And light from a lover’s eyesΒ  is all that I can save

 

You said to me “I cannot make you happy

Like a wounded bird, you must find the strength to fly

Time can paint the tree tops with colours of the rainbow

But you cannot find the end, no matter how you try

 

So I’ll take the day and run out across the open fields

Where the grass grows high and the shadows fall

Where my eyes can see all the colours in the air

So quiet that the wind whistles in my hair

And takes the rising dust and carries it away

 

You said to me “I cannot make you happy

Like a wounded bird, you must find the strength to fly

Time can paint the tree tops with colours of the rainbow

But you cannot find the end, no matter how you try”

19 thoughts on ““Unfinished Life”

  1. Wait, you are posting a Country song?? LOL! Don’t see that much, but I am so glad you did! You are right the song does have a haunting sound to it and its beautiful! I listened to Country music in ths 80’s but don’t remember her at all. Have you listened to more of her songs?

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