Gift of Life (Live from Boskone 2014)

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As the brothers surveyed their new worlds
Proud of each creation in the seas and plains,
They felt one thing still missing from their work:
A people who could walk with them
And know their names.

And Lodur gave the life spark that keeps us warm in night’s dark,
And Hoenir gave us the will to move,
And Odin gave us the life breath that makes the spirit last past death:
The three together the gift of Life.

They first made the Elves, the most magical race.
Fair as the zephyrs that hardly touch the
Earth with their grace,
Creatures of freedom and laughter and music and light,
Not good companions for the brothers born of war and
Storm and flame and ice.

First made we
Hide away, far from Earth.
We know what made you,
Harsh creators, sons of monsters and ice.


They next made the Dwarves who live deep in the Earth
And learn from her how to mine and forge
And conjure and curse,
Diggers and craftsmen, and jealous of secrets & spells,
Not very grateful to the makers of the sunny world
Outside their stony cells.

Dig down, deep down, deeper down
Silver, gold and iron hiding
Melt down, beat down, smelt down, hammer down
Axe & sword & spear & cup & ring & spell.


Now the brothers walked their worlds once more,
Saddened by the wonders which were theirs alone. They found a pair of trees close by the shore:
Straight and tall and hardy shapes, much like their own.

The ash tree was solid and steady and ready to stand,
And from him they made Ask, the first man, while
The elm tree was supple, & subtle, & bursting with life,
And from her they made Embla, first woman, first wife.

Their children spread, many and clever and fast,
And asked more questions as seasons, years and generations passed.
The brothers brought answers, and pride as the humans became
A people who could walk with them and
Learn their wisdom, tell their stories,
Join their battles, share their halls and know their names.

(First made we)
(Hide away, far from Earth here)
(We know what made you,)
(Harsh creators, sons of war & storm & fire & ice.)

(Dig down, deep down, deeper down)
(Silver, gold and iron hiding we)
(Melt down, beat down, smelt down,)
(Hammer down on our)
(Axe & sword & spear & cup & ring & secret & spell.)



from Stories & Stone (Sundown Companion Album), released July 15, 2015
Live recording by Spencer Love, of Love Song Productions.



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Sassafrass performs Ada Palmer's original a cappella polyphonic folk music, complex pieces with lively narratives and fantasy, mythology or science fiction themes.

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