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SIGNS OF LIFE

Signs Of Life

DNA

Lyrics by Rondi Charleston @ Emmamuse 2013

Sink my feet into the soil
Soak my skin in ancient oil
Bring my feelings to a boil
Got to clarify

Hear my voice the sound is pure
I’m just a lonely questioner
Seeking clues to character
Got to clarify

Here in the land of the Midnight Sun
Of cinnamon and cardamom
Where Viking battles are lost and won
And ships are cast away

Where church bells chime in the countryside
And songs are sung at Eventide
I might discover some trace of my
DNA

Why I have my highs and lows
The peaks and valleys, heaven knows
Like fjords that soar and plunge below
The waterline

Why I need the open fields
Why I read the Seventh Seal
The light in august soon reveals
The paradigm

Fingerprints and molecules
Hereditary knowledge rules
The double helix never fools

The script is ready made

I’ll shake the trees –I’ll shake the stones
I’ll shake these secrets from my bones
And when I’m done I’ll shake my soul
I’m not afraid – oh, I am not afraid.

THE HISTORY OF CREATION
THE BLUEPRINTS OF THE WORLD
THE SECRETS OF GENERATIONS
THIS IMMORTAL COIL UNFURLS –
UNFURLS

Why I have my highs and lows
The peaks and valleys, heaven knows
Like fjords that soar and plunge below
The waterline

Why I need the open fields
Why I read the Seventh Seal
The light in august soon reveals
The paradigm

Fingerprints and molecules
Hereditary knowledge rules
The double helix never fools
The script is ready made

I’ll shake the trees –I’ll shake the stones
I’ll shake these secrets from my bones
And when I’m done I’ll shake my soul
I’m not afraid – oh, I am not afraid.

Only twenty-three small chromosomes
Hold our stories, mold our lives
And shape our future
Destiny – family – legacy

Shape our future
Family – legacy – destiny

Only twenty-three small chromosomes
Hold our secrets like a holy stone.

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THE WIND SPEAKS

Lyrics by Rondi Charleston @Emmamuse 2013

We are rising
We are lifting —
Like waves upon the ocean
Swelling and drifting

I feel weightless
I feel ecstasy —
Floating over sacred land
Breathing in it’s mystery

The rushing wind speaks
Through the apple trees
dances over grapevines
kissing their leaves

It whispers through wheatfields
And the wilderness
Winding through the rivers
Rustling their reeds.

And like a bird, I’m flying high above the ground
The wheels of planet earth turn round without a sound —
And as the sun pours down, like honey from the skies,
Like some remote, clairvoyant vision – from a prophet’s
eyes-
A prophet’s eyes!

Old man wind speaks
He whispers in my in my ear
“This abundant beauty
Could all disappear”

“The rising oceans
And the desert droughts

Could this be the future
Of our hemisphere?”

We’re balanced
At an angle
We are hanging
By a wire
Like a hot air balloon
At the core
We must cool the fire
We must cool the fire

We are rising
We are lifting
Like waves upon the ocean
Swelling and drifting

No illusions
It’s no fantasy
It’s a race with time and space
It’s a race with history

We’re in a race with time and space
We’re in a race with history…

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SIGNS OF LIFE

Lyrics by Rondi Charleston @Emmamuse 2013

I step down the wooden stairway through my cellar door
And breathe the musty air from 1844
The air that knows the secrets of the past.

And as I tread the old dirt floor I notice tiny clues
Little hints of times gone by, beneath debris
Just waiting there for somebody to see –
Someone like me.

SIGNS OF LIFE SURROUND ME
SIGNS OF SPIRITS PAST
THE EVIDENCE OF EVERYDAY LIVING
SEEN THROUGH AN HOURGLASS

There’s a spoon that fed a baby
(I hear children’s voices laughing,
I smell supper in the kitchen up above)

There’s a horseshoe from a carriage,
Rusty hinges on a coal bin,
Scraps of 1918 New York Times
Proclaiming “Allied Forces Win the War”
All unexplored!

And I just can’t help but wonder
In a hundred years,
What the people in this house will find of me?

A calendar, a battery,
A page of scribbled poetry?
A cardboard box of finger-paints
My little daughter drew when she was two?

SIGNS OF LIFE SURROUND US

SUBTLE THINGS THAT LAST
THE EVIDENCE OF EVERYDAY LIVING
SEEN THROUGH AN HOURGLASS
SEEN THROUGH AN HOURGLASS

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HOW THE RIVER FLOWS (Lyrics by Rondi Charleston)

We came to see and we came to listen
And we came to know
Where life may lead, and how life is given
And oh, how the river flows

The river opens its arms
Invites us into a sea of green
While rare flowers bloom on the mossy shores,
We float through the stuff of dreams

The river speeds through the mountains
Explodes like a fountain of fire
High as the giant trees

It changes shape in the shadows
Dissolves into silvery springs

The river keeps on growing
Unfolding in the distance
The river keeps composing
The music of existence

We paddle deep to the heart of darkness
Too late to realize
The currants pulling beneath the surface
Hoping to hypnotize

And as in life, we are swallowed
Surprised by a hollow promise
Too good to be true

We’re forced to fight through the currents
Do battle and push on through

The river keeps on growing
Exploding in the distance

The river keeps composing
The music of existence

The air is sweet as it fills our lungs again
And moves through our veins
The sunlight streams through our beating hearts and
Sings in our reeling brains

Our voices ring in the forest
They ring with a joyful noise
Like I’ve never heard before

Our arms reach out for each other
Discovering life once more

The river keeps on growing
Unfolding in the distance
the river keeps composing
the music of existence!

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THE CAVE KNOWS – Lyrics by Rondi Charleston

The cave knows the ghosts of our past
But we knew the cave only in darkness
And it is always with us

The cave knows the fire in the night
the evils of the world
The cave knows the childhood lost forever
Our whispered prayers of faith

gave
gave
gave
gave

The
The
Our
Our

cave knows the power of a mother’s love
heroes deep within its walls
memories, frozen in time
hunger to survive-

It was our miracle

And now, as sunlight fills our days
And our children and families grow
And we are free to live in peace –
The cave still knows

The cave will always know

us
us
us
us

warmth and shelter
the gift of time
strength and freedom
the gift of life


WHO KNOWS WHERE THE TIME GOES

Who Knows Where The Time Goes

LAND OF GALILEE – Lyrics: © Rondi Charleston 2011

Out in the world- in a far off land
Surrounded by layers of stone
I feel the heat of old battlegrounds
Where ancient kings once roamed.

Here is the ground where prophets walked
And tribal wars still rage
Where people sacrifice their souls
For the mysteries of faith.

The streets were quiet – and the morning sky was gray
The doors of houses locked – children tucked away.
But from the East – the faintest desert wind began to blow
And down from heaven floated – light, white powdered snow.

And there was beauty – and there was harmony
A silvery playground – as far as the eye could see
Who could imagine – this possibility
In the Land of Galilee?

And as the snow kept growing higher on the ground
The doors that long were locked – their latches come unbound.
And all the age-old enemies – threw their swords away
And side by side like children – marched outside to play!

And there was beauty – and there was harmony
A silvery playground – as far as the eye could see
Who could imagine – this possibility
In the Land of Galilee?

Soon – mothers/fathers/sisters/brothers – people of all faiths
Their anger melted – and I watched as they embraced
And sounds of joy and fun and laughter slowly filled the air
A festival of love and light – a day so very rare.

And there was beauty – and there was harmony
A silvery playground – as far as the eye could see
Who could imagine – this possibility
In the land of Galilee?

And there was beauty
And there was harmony
In the Land of Galilee.

© Rondi Charleston 2011

YOUR SPIRIT LINGERS – Lyrics: © Rondi Charleston 2011

Two hundred years
Two thousand miles
Of sailing ships in single file –

Streaming through a course the compass navigates
Moving at a fever pitch intoxicates
Dreaming of a better life – of possibility

Your spirit lingers
It lives inside of me
This hunger – this yearning
Sails on!

We ride the waves
The waves of time
And on each page a precious line –

Memories of the caravans and wagon wheels
Memories of the little children heaven steals
I’m wondering how you found the strength
And what your soul reveals

Your spirit lingers
It lives inside of me
This hunger – this yearning
Sails on!

So if you see
And if you hear
A little girl who’s growing near –

Singing songs of hope and curiosity
Telling tales of brave adventures out at sea
Maybe she’s the poet – you were always meant to be

Your spirit lingers
It lives inside of me
This hunger – this yearning
Sails on!

This hunger – this yearning
Sails on!!!

© Rondi Charleston 2011

A SONG FOR THE AGES – Lyrics: © Rondi Charleston 2011

A call to reach the sun
A call to reach the moon
A call to reach the corners of the earth

A voice to lead the call
A voice that speaks for all
For young and old, throughout the universe

A song for the ages
The changing of the times
A song of faith and hope for what’s begun

A chapter’s finally done
And Abraham has won
It’s a time for dreams of better things to come

A song for the ages
The changing of the times
A song of faith and hope for what’s to come

A chapter’s finally done
A new day has begun
It’s a time for dreams of better things to come.

© Rondi Charleston 2011

DANCE OF TIME – Lyrics: © Rondi Charleston 2011

My love – it amazes me
How we still dance in the sun
Still move in unison – though we’re no longer young

At times we lose our rhythm
And at times forget the steps
But there’s so much life left in this sweet duet

Steady swaying
Subtle turns
A touch – a fall – a climb!
We breathe together Our souls are intertwined
-We stretch the dance of time.

Once we learn to listen
To the space between the beats
Learn how the mind retreats
Allow our hearts to meet

So that when styles change – and beauty fades
And the busy world moves on
We’ll still be singing our silent song.

Steady swaying
Subtle turns
A touch – a kiss – a sigh!
We breathe together
Our souls are intertwined
-We stretch the dance of time
We stretch the dance of time
We stretch the dance of time.

© Rondi Charleston 2011


IN MY LIFE

In My Life

Telescope – All Lyrics by Rondi Charleston

Tell me how the dance began, between the stars and moons and Sun –
About the rings and strings of Jupiter, how the galaxies begun?
Talk to me of gravity, how the planets pull through space –
About the fabric of the universe, and the collisions in this cosmic race!
Tell me of the Milky Way, about the man inside the moon –
About Copernicus and Galilei, how their ideas got – ‘misconstruen’

And as I go searching for answers, 
reaching for reasons –
Reading in darkness, reeling in mystery – Slowly revealing how little I know…

Talk to me of fairy tales, about the Gods of the sea and sky –
About Apollo and Aphrodite’s worlds, and their adventures of ‘do or die!’
Talk to me of Camelot, about the ‘Lady of the Lake’
About the true love of Sir Lancelot, about the battles and lives at stake!
Talk to me of poetry, and how my imagination flies –
About illusion and reality, and how it feels to fantasize!

And as I go searching for answers, 
reaching for reasons –
Reading in darkness, reeling in mystery – Slowly revealing how little I know…

Tell me – how will I ever find my way? How will I know which path to take?
How will I fit inside this universe? What if I make some great mistake?
Look into your Telescope – 
and tell me what my future holds.
Will I go flying out among the stars, and solve the mystery of those ‘big black holes?’

But while there’s so much that I don’t know, 
one thing I do –
A little idea I’ll pass on to you –
You need not a Telescope truly to see –
You can see with your heart, my sweet, all that you need.
Lah lah lah….

All Lyrics © Rondi Charleston 2009

ANCIENT STEPS
Music & Lyrics by Rondi Charleston

It’s a push, it’s a tug,
It’s a call, it’s a coo,
It’s a dive, it’s a rub,
It’s a dare for a fool.

It’s the sound of your voice
It’s the cry of a loon –
It’s the danger of night
It’s the arc of the moon

It’s the pull of the earth
And the movement of time
It’s the ache in your bones
It’s an ancient rhyme

CHORUS:
It’s a story of love that’s as old as the world –
And the cold open oceans of snow.

It’s a glimmer of warmth through the ages of ice –
And the promise of spring in your soul.

© Rondi Charleston 2009