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  1. Fall Sunshine

From the recording Fall Sunshine

I was sawing on the fiddle in the back yard on a clear fall day and caught this one on the breeze.

Lyrics

The freckles flash beneath your eyes, the wind tosses your hair
As you climb the ladder reaching for the apples way up there
You toss them down to me earthbound till our basket’s past the brim
I figure, hey, not a bad way to spend the days we’re in

And there’s something in the fall sunshine
As it blows across the orchard, and the cider smells like wine
You know it won’t last long like this fading song
But you long to hang on to fall sunshine


The final flap of canvas as the wind fills up the sail
We make no sound but splashing and leave nothing in our trail
These hours of ease—the gift of the breeze—we take just what she gives
I figure now I know somehow this is where my spirit lives

And there’s something in the fall sunshine
As it flashes on the lake and dances in your mind
You know it won’t last long like this fading song
And you long to hang on to fall sunshine



But autumn doesn’t guarantee an easy time
If you’re not splitting wood you’re always raking leaves
A hurricane might bring the flood that sends your crops downstream
Or you might resign yourself to the coming winter freeze

But there’s something in the fall sunshine
It’s just the eye of the storm, but I don’t mind
You know it won’t last long like this fading song
So you long to hang on to fall sunshine

And there’s something in the fall sunshine
Like a friend who can only stay here a short time
You know it won’t last long but it gives your heart a song
And you long to hang on to fall sunshine