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Between Rock & Sky

from Blue Skies by Joan Shelley

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I wanted to write an acapella song that could lend itself to multiple voices and harmonies. It's a song for the collective songbook of the great shut-in of 2020. My love to you all, and my many thanks.

Thanks to Max Porter for lyrical magic touches.


While this rock's still turning
While our star still shines
Hear the crickets calling
To the hawks in flight
Over hills and valleys
Between rock and sky
Sound a thousand colors
In this narrow light

Like the fading flowers
On a climbing vine
Only precious hours
To be you and I
Over hills and valleys
Between rock and sky
Hear the child arriving
Heaving heart's first cry

So sing joy and sorrow
In this fold of time
Like there's no tomorrow
Raise your glasses high
Over hills and valleys
Between rock and sky
To the ones that made us,
and the ones for whom we'll die


from Blue Skies, track released March 19, 2020


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Joan Shelley Louisville, Kentucky

Joan Shelley is a songwriter and singer from Louisville, KY. Often joined by guitarist Nathan Salsburg, she has shared shows with the likes of Jake Xerxes Fussell, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Richard Thompson, Wilco, Marisa Anderson, Daniel Martin Moore, the Other Years, & Michael Hurley. ... more

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