On the River Off the Lake

from by Kev Corbett

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***Inspired by a Joseph Boyden piece in Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper, and by my youth spent canoeing, and by the death of my friend Millie Perritt.***

lyrics

I kiss the air when I'm here
I kiss the water
I kiss the memory of my grandmothers and fathers
It's my happiest place
On the river off the lake
I was born here and I am home forever

I started when I was eight
I can J sweep or feather
I can stand up on the gunnels in any weather
I know when to hug the banks,
When to offer up my thanks,
There are ghosts here
Those who didn't know better

I miss the air when I'm not here
I miss the water
I miss my sisters in the sturgeon and the otters
And the smell of the fire
The Eagles turning in gyre
All untouched, so far, by fisherman and loggers

My paddle's a beavertail
It's made of maple
I can use a rolling stroke at night
And barely cause a ripple
That's when I like to go out
There's no one that the owls about
And the moon and the stars and a swim when no one's looking

I kiss the air when I'm here
I kiss the water
I kiss the memory of my grandmothers and fathers
It's my happiest place
On the river off the lake
I was born here and I am home forever

I was born here

credits

from On the River Off the Lake, track released August 30, 2015
Joseph Boyden: Writer (Original piece: www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/liquid-state-the-science-art-and-wonder-of-water-in-canada/article13337633/)

Kev Corbett: Writer, guitars, basses
Jason Mingo: Production

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Kev Corbett Halifax, Nova Scotia

“The man is an exceptional guitar player – for one thing – but also writes extremely clever, finessed, clockwork folk-pop songs whose singable surface belies a tremendous underlying sense of craft. It was really great to see him again.” – Jowi Taylor, Six String Nation

“Well-crafted, skillfully written songs, dazzling guitar playing. Son of a Rudderless Boat is a marvelous listen.” – Penguin Eggs
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