Solid Ground

by frank ippolito

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Solid Ground

Save me!
The garden for the child.
The forest for the trees.
Save me! If only for a while
A plot of soil if you please.

With the passing of those weeks on end
We would struggle on and off again
Just to hold on to that thread.
In those nights so long and nights so cold
As we pass on through this tale untold
I still remember what she said.

Save me! The wild cactus towers
Above the desert in the sun.
Save me! So I can hold their tiny flower
Between my finger and my thumb.

In the shadow of our darkest tears
All the passing of these bitter tears
Couldn’t wash away our dreams.
Neither ocean wide nor ocean deep
Separates us from the hopes we keep.
Although they're worn out at the seams.

A smile on a face; The laughter of a child.
They’ve been gone without a trace
Haven’t seen them for a while.

Save me! The smallest alpine flower
As it breaks out through the snow.
Save me! The smell of summer showers.
These are the finest things I know.

Now we dare to hope and hope to dare
That a change has come; something in the air.
Something shifted in the wind.
I can hear the song passing through the trees.
I don’t think it's just my memories
We’ve got to find that place again.

A smile on your face; The laughter of a child.
A warming in my heart
I haven’t felt this for a while.

Now I take each step
As if it was the last
On this long and winding journey.
And I will not rest ‘til I stand
Back on solid ground.

A stirring in my soul
It's growing every day.
All the wonder and the joy
I thought they’d left and gone away.

But I draw each breath
As if it was my last
On this long and winded journey.
And I throw my fate out
With the die that’s cast
With what goes and comes around.

When I take each step
As if it was my last.
Now I’m one step further
Then the day just past.
And I will not rest ‘til we stand
Back on solid ground.


released September 15, 2016
Vocals and Acoustic Guitar: Frank Ippolito
Bass: Ken Rich
Drums: Dan Rieser
Percussion: Samuel Torres
Mandola: Finn O'Lochlainn
Flutes, : Yonnie Dror

Produced by Frank Ippolito
Written by Frank Ippolito
Recorded and mixed by Ken Rich @ Grand Street Recording



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