River's Song

from by Owen Roberts

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A gentle yellow jacket
And a honey bee queen
With a rose under wing
And a pocket full of poppy seeds
She was raised with gold in the earth below
On a pollen of amber
He was born in a lumber yard
On a sawdust wind
In the douglas fir

And they sang the river's song
Sweeter than a honeycomb
And clear as dawn
They went softly into the falling
That love depends upon
Deeper than either had ever gone

With spring reuniting with summer in the middle of June
In a dogwood canopy under a half dome moon
Quietly they alight on a bed of pine
In a mile of sunshine
Colony in a choir
Around the campfire
Welcoming their flight

Singing their river's song
Sweeter than a honeycomb
And clear as dawn
Bearing witness to the falling
That love depends upon
Deep as anyone had ever gone

Sure as redwood and fern
The wisdom of a humming bird
Certain as the summer morning fog burns
Their light will shine on
Melting candle wax scent strong
Comforting as the weight of a lover's arm

And the sound of the river's song
Sweeter than a honeycomb
And clear as dawn
Carried off into the falling
That love depends upon
Deep, wide, and long

A gentle yellow jacket
And a honey bee queen
With a rose under wing
And a pocket full of poppy seeds

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from Mama Sun, released January 26, 2016
Music and words by Owen Roberts

Owen Roberts- vocal, acoustic guitar
Drew Nix- drum, bass, electric guitar, lapsteel, keyboard

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Owen Roberts Berkeley, California

Born in San Francisco and raised in Bay Area lumber yards, Owen Roberts' music has been described as "visceral" (San Francisco Chronicle), "perfectly Californian" (KQED), and "explosive" (NBC San Diego). As frontman and songwriter for the Berkeley-based band Shady Maples, Roberts has toured the coasts as a solo artist and band leader. ... more

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