such an honor to hear Sarah Lee Guthrie & Hoping Machine sing my song at the Climate March in DC!

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new CD available on band camp click on cover image below to download tracks

new CD available on band camp          click on cover image below to download tracks
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Friday, December 26, 2008


Rivermass Song
Twelve thousand years of tears are standing in my throat
A hundred million fears are woven in my coat
Illusion and memory are all the same
Can you tell me, what is my name?

Beyond the mountains I move along
My voice is hidden, then my voice is strong
After so much silence and separation
Will you praise my beauty, my reparation?

Rising, falling, known, unknown
My water blossoms in your bone
I am the heart of tree and bird
I am the river, a holy word


c 2007 words and music by JoAnne Spies





Watershed Waltz

Come on, let’s dance
Can we skip? Can we prance?
I’ll try not to step on your toes
I saw you there with the clouds in your hair
In your shimmering, glimmering clothes
I didn’t know how the steps go
But you showed me every day

When the eagle flies back to her nest
Where the blue heron stands for her rest
When the salmon jump early in spring
Dance with me

In the river where the deer drink
In the middle of the woods by the muddy creek
In the way we listen and the way we speak
Dance with me

Come on, let’s dance
Can we skip? Can we prance?
I’ll try not to step on your toes
I saw you there
With the clouds in your hair
In your shimmering, glimmering clothes

I didn’t know how the steps go
But you showed me every day
When the eagle flies back to her nest
Where the blue heron stands for her rest
When the salmon jump early in spring
Dance with me

We’re doing the watershed waltz

c 2007 words and music by JoAnne Spies








By Water I Am Led



I am standing by the riverside

Lost and rambling in my pride

Never knowing in my heart and my head

That I am water and by water am led


Let the memory of the soft green ground

And the majesty of each simple sound

Hold me when I’m tumbling down

I am water, I am missing and found


Landlocked, full of fear

Sound your torrent that I may hear

Where I am stubborn, let me flow

Where I am ignorant, let me know


Let the spirit of the earth and sky

Keep me when I die

Carry me to the river and sea

I am water and I am free

c 2007 words and music by JoAnne Spies