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Desert Valley

Photo by Katie Rauh

#9 on NBT Music Radio's Top Tracks of 2012

The lyrics were adapted by Katie Rauh from a poem by Irish poet Seumas O'Sullivan, of whom his friend Yeats said, "the trouble with Seumas is that when he's not drunk, he's sober." Max and Katie co-wrote the music in 1986. Newly arranged by Max for the album Story of My Life.


slowly they pass
in the grey of the evening
over the wet road
a flock of sheep

slowly they wind
in the grey of the evening
over the wet road
that twines through the town

slowly they pass
and gleaming whitely
vanish away
in the grey of the evening

ah - what memories
loom for a moment
gleam for a moment
and vanish away

of the white days
when we two together
went in the evening
where the sheep lay

we two together
went with slow feet
in the grey of the evening
where the sheep lay

whitely they gleam
for a moment and vanish
away in the dimness
of sorrowful years

gleam for a moment
all white, and go fading
away in the greyness
of sundering years

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