(words & music by Larry Looney, © 1998, 2012)
Carving memories out of time –
feel the grain beneath your hands.
Dare to make the higher climb,
letting fall the iron bands.
Find the soul within the wood,
gently free it with the knife,
prune the evil from the good –
let yourself return to life.
Long and painful is the path
that has brought you to this place –
sacred fire, baptismal bath,
power shining from your face.
Journey toward the child within,
let her feel you reaching out.
Let the guilty bear the sin,
let her shatter now the doubt.
Totems glare with angry eyes –
silent sing, unholy choir –
cut their power down to size,
give your demons to the pyre.
Breathe the smoke and feel the heat –
dying embers of your fears.
Let the circle be complete,
comfort found in healing tears
Free the future, shed the past –
all that matters is the now.
Make the blessed living moment last –
smear the ash across your brow.
Feel the love within your heart,
let your inner spirit flow.
Give your hopes and dreams a start –
you are stronger than you know.
Whittle away the things that cause you pain,
let the chips fall to the floor –
none of the cruel ghosts can crush your soul again.
Whittle away, and open the door…
whittle away…open the door…
20 July 1998
lyrics revised 3 April 2012