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  1. Abenaki Hills

From the recording Raven

Kristina Stykos: vocals, guitars, mandolin
Philip Aaberg: keyboards

Arranged, engineered and co-produced by Kristina Stykos and Philip Aaberg, with production help from Ian Huhtala
Recorded at Pepperbox Studio, Chelsea, Vermont and The Bin, Chester, Montana

Lyrics

Abenaki Hills
(c) 2011 Kristina Stykos/BMI/Horse Thief Publishing

Someone had seen it move in the sky
Someone was watching every sunrise
Someone was walking where love was born
Someone was growing the bluest corn

They’d chase the clouds, they’d steal the rain
They’d hide the sun and put it back again
Offer tobacco where life was torn
Lay the fires that keep us warm

I’m looking even though I cannot see
I’m looking – will god help me
I’m looking - the mirror of the lake is still
I’m looking – in these abenaki hills

Nothing here but standing stones
A field of memories, a crown of thorns
My heart’s broken; I cannot stand
I lay my face upon the land

The years of struggle were they in vain
How many footprints written on the wind
As days of plenty succumbed to fear
This place of reverence disappeared

I’m looking even though I cannot see
I’m looking – will god help me
I’m looking - the mirror of the lake is still
I’m looking – in these abenaki hills

They come as ravens in breaking light
They come as diamonds in the starry night
They come as silver on charcoal skies
To meet my longing, open up my eyes

And in the shadows of every tree
On silent pathways I know they follow me
They sweep the valley and wash the rain
They only ask us to release their pain

I’m looking even though I cannot see
I’m looking – will god help me
I’m looking - the mirror of the lake is still
I’m looking – in these abenaki hills