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  1. Breaking Trail

From the recording River of Light

Credits:

Kristina Stykos: vocal, mandola, Yamaha S90 (piano), bass
Steve Mayone: electric guitar
Abby Jenne: backup vocals

Produced, recorded and mixed by Kristina Stykos at Pepperbox Studio, Chelsea VT

Lyrics

Breaking Trail
(c) 2018 Kristina Stykos

I thought I saw
A wayward glance
It followed me to Washakie
And that first snow on the pass
I drove with it to Ten Sleep
Through that one-horse trailer town
With a silent declaration
As the aching sun came down
I’m nowhere bound - but I ain’t turning around

Sure, it was simple
Dressed up in the liquor’s light
My empty heart prayed for me
As I played on into the night
I swear I felt some comfort
Residing in his gaze
So I gave myself permission
What a fool I was to listen
To those lies - but now I’m counting on lies

Well, the wire was down
So I jumped the fence
All of these boundaries
They don’t make sense
I bless myself like a pilgrim
And I think about my dogs & my children
And walk up on the ridge, up there on the spine
Because it suits me to climb
I’m breaking trail deep in mind

Like the roan who taught me flight
The rogue taught me to run
We flew across the Bitterroots
Not touching anyone
My hands reach out for water
I’d drink the stunning blue
If only it could fill me
With what I thought was true
And I’d drink it again - if only it was you

Well, the wire was down
So I jumped the fence
All of these boundaries
They don’t make sense
So I bless myself like a pilgrim
And I think about my dogs & my children
Walk up on the ridge, way up on the spine
Because I’m suits me
I’m breaking trail