1. Island

From the recording Island

When I ended up on a hospital bed with my heart hooked up to a barrage of monitors, it was the longest night of my life.  I was trying to slow down my heart rate so they'd let me go.  These are the moments we reach down inside to find the image that distills all we know of peace.


I’ll show you the way to the river
where the hours drift so slowly they seem to last all day
and your blanket is an island
you lie on like a washed up stowaway
follow me up to the mountain
where everything below you is a manageable size
and the people are like lego
you can rearrange and love again oh open your eyes
turn around and count to ten again
you’ll still be standing with the dogs at your back
give them all a bone
give them all a bone
let’s lose our way in the garden
where the narcissus has no idea how it grows
and your sorrows are just scratches
you have gotten groping for the rose
and when rivers run dry
and mountains grow cold
the garden’s full of thistles
they’ll be comfort still
wherever you make your little temple
and learn to leave your shoes at the door
I’ll sit with you in tenderness
where you’ll only find by giving up what you’re looking for