Halcyon Day

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Lovingly packaged in a digi-pak
    Artwork beautifully crafted by Sarah Joy at Random Panda
    Includes 8 page booklet with full lyrics and many inspiring photographs
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    Includes unlimited streaming of Things Unseen via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • We will come to your house
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    We will sing several songs
    We will go away again afterwards (we promise)
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I spent an afternoon with family at a National Trust property called Grey's Court near Henley in the early summer of 2017. It was a pretty great day, so I wrote this song about it.


As she skips between the owers
along the path from garden to garden
Each gate and door opens into a fresh new world
The red brick walls delineate the alleys of blossom and scent
An air of mystery and discovery
as she moves through a series of outdoor rooms
Her eyes open wide in amazement and surprise as she dances in the summer afternoon light
With flowers on her dress and a ribbon in her hair
Barefoot through the grass,
holding her Daddy’s hand as she smiles,
looks up at him and cries, “it’s all so beautiful!”
Wide eyes, wistful wonderment,
meandering path to a pond, newts frolic through the weed
Water Boatman lazily pulls himself across the surface tension,
bathing himself in the sun
In the cloudless sky warming the still air
of this halcyon afternoon
Seeking shade in a tunnel of ancient wisteria
These days remind you
why you don’t want to die just yet


from Things Unseen, released April 24, 2020
Written by Michael Whiteman


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