No Canyon is Too Wide - EP

by Arlo Cristofaro

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    NCiTW was written over the course of 6 months, between March and August, 2014.

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Written over the course of 6 months, between March and August, 2014.


released September 11, 2014

Written and performed by Arlo Cristofaro
Recorded live and produced by Jonathan Young



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Arlo Cristofaro Northfield, Minnesota

Reflections from a short time on planet earth

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Track Name: Introduction
. . .
Track Name: Who's Gonna Tell?
the sidewalk is melting
tripping down the concrete streams
and the rivers churning
churning down, down, down to the sea

and the sea is rising
and the temperatures too
and the birch keeps climbing
cause it remembered all the things that
it couldn’t do

Who’s gona tell us of the fog and the dawning?
who’s gonna tell us of the colors and their growing?
who’s gonna tell us to turn around and
open up our eyes?

I can hear it coming
It'll be here soon
They'll be time for watching
dusty rays of sunlight
peeking past the moon

but the moon is melting
and greenland too
and the loon is calling
cause she knows of all the different
ways to move

Who’s gonna tell us why the rivers quit their flowing?
who’s gonna tell us why the colors quit their growing?
who’s gonna ask us, in fifty years

“you never wondered why?"

spin us all around,
give us hopeful eyes
Track Name: Now is the Time
Sky teach me your ways
Of vastness, and kindness
And closeness to things far away

The ocean speaks through the spray
And I've never seen fears
Reflected as clear
As those in these billowing waves

Deep down, deep beneath the surface
I found the source of the hurting
look out, look across the yearning,
see how the sun is emerging

I look up at the
things that we’ve made
of wood and of steel and of stone

as smokestacks spit
the smog and the steam
the forest feels a bit more like home

And I had a dream
that I paddled out into the center of the sea
I listened as she spoke to me
she said 'you've been living fearfully'

and she said:
'Now is the time, now is the time, now you shed your skin
go now my child
i'll teach you the courage to swim'
Track Name: The Calling
Solstice blooms again
and I found a friend
found her in the wind
found her whistling

she asks me if there's more
more than hollow lives
more than busy days
in towns that scrape the sky

hey now my dear,
hey now my darling
I have felt the fear and I felt the calling

the pines are growing tall
or am I just growing small?
smaller than the trees
smaller than the sky
but bigger than the things
the things that hold my mind

and our lives have bloomed again
before our very eyes
and I have dreamed some dreams
and i've decided to decide

no flower is too small to save,
no canyon is too wide

hey now my dear, hey now my darling
we have heard that fear, and we listen to the calling