A Candle is a Protest

from by Bri-anne Swan

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Written by Bri-anne Swan & Bret Higgins

Ruth 1:1-4:22

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Autumn’s grief
With the last of the leaves
In the harvest sun
Falling fast
This weighted branch hangs over us
We’ll hold the shadows close
Neglecting what we know

Stealing threads from strangers beds
To weave a mat for sleep
A lonely foreign gleaner humming softly at your feet
You’ll shield me ‘til the morning
Still I crave the warmth and light
A candle is a protest every night
A candle is a protest every night

There’s a case for our time in this place
You’re tired and so am I
Of the lines we’ve been assigned
This weighted branch hangs over us
So cast your soiled cloak
Of linen turned to smoke

Stealing threads from strangers beds
To weave a mat for sleep
A lonely foreign gleaner humming softly at your feet
You’ll shield me ‘til the morning
Still I crave the warmth and light
A candle is a protest every night
A candle is a protest every night

These fields and trails aren’t of my home
But still they can nurse the life we’ll sow
Enough to forget his burning pyre
But not enough to strike and light desire

Stealing threads from strangers beds
To weave a mat for sleep
A lonely foreign gleaner humming softly at your feet
You’ll shield me ‘til the morning
Still I crave the warmth and light
A candle is a protest every night
A candle is a protest every night
A candle is a protest every night

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from Letters Home, released June 25, 2015
Bri-anne Swan: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Robbie Grunwald: Accordion
Aleksander Gajic: Violin

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Bri-anne Swan Toronto, Ontario

The music you'd hear if Joan Baez and Regina Spektor met up with Gordon Lightfoot in the forest for a mug of hot chocolate.

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