1. The Vacation

From the recording Every Morning Is A New Song

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Based on a poem by Wendell Barry, this song tells the story of a man who spends his whole vacation behind the camera, preserving his vacation for his memory collection.


Music: Jens Hoffmann
Lyrics: Pia Fridhill, based on a poem by Wendell Barry

Once there was a man
who went flying down the river in his boat
Camera to his eye,
making moving pictures of the moving river
Showing his vacation
to his video camera
Preserving it forever, the length of his endeavour

The river, the trees, the sky, the light,
he filmed everything in sight
So that after his vacation,
with a flick of a switch, there it would be
Every motion of the river
Everything the camera’d seen
But he would not be in this picture
He would never be
He would never be

His sleek boat moved towards the end of his vacation
His stale eye stared, devoid of real emotion
Preserving his vacation
even as it was going on
A bystanders reflection
for his memory collection

The river, the trees, the sky, the light...