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On a walk to the movie store in Sellwood, Inga told me to write her a song about an old couple in the woods. I had just written an unsolicited unrequited love song for her best friend and she wanted in. Here are some words to use, she said: deer, porch, wildflower tea, creek. She went on and on. The words are mainly her own, I just gave them a little cabin to live in.

Another reminder folks, always ask for what you want

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I've known some people in my travels
That showed me what it is to live
I've known some givers and losers
And a comeback kid

I met an old woman in the woodlands
With her gentle man
She put her right hand 'round my shoulder
And I followed them

She said:
We've got so much love to give we cannot keep it in
We've have so much love to give, we cannot keep it in

At the edge of a clearing stands their cabin
Just a bedroom and a door
An old copper kettle and a woodstove
On the creaky wooden floor

She brings her pail down to the creekside
While he splits the wood
They watch the fireflies through the white pines
Like any lovers would

Cuz they've got so much love to give they cannot keep it in
They have so much love to give, they cannot keep it in


Sittin' on porchswings in the morning
Listenin' to the wind
They watch the deer pass through the witchgrass
As the day begins

They live on nothing
They live on nothing
They live on nothing but light and love
And wildflower tea
That could be you and me

These days I'm squinting at the daylight
I shiver from the night
I put my left shoe on my right foot
Nothing adds up right

But I've got so much love to give
I cannot keep it in
I have so much love to give
I cannot keep it in

I never noticed the way you glow
until the lights were low
I never noticed the way you glow
until the lights were low

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from Homeland for the Restless, released January 13, 2013
David C. and Carrie E. on Backup Vocals

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Leo J and The Mêlée Portland, Oregon

Hands in the dirt
Face to the wind
Folk Songs

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