Cathedral Pines

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words and music by Steve Slagg
2008

lyrics

They filled Long Lake with water
To cover up my brothers
Left them suspended at the bottom of the lake

As our boat went sailing over
Think we disturbed the border
Where sky met water in our wake

She hovered o’er the water
I wish you could’ve seen her
Sailboats for color and a sky to hold her in

We couldn’t hardly stand her
Because of what we knew was underneath
But pretty soon we waded in

To whisper your name (whisper my name again)
We whispered your name (whisper my name again)
We skimmed our hands on the water and whispered your name

My brothers said a prayer for us
Laughing in the pines above us
Up in the treetops their voices mixed with mine

We did our best with banjos
And out of tune pianos
To sing them twangy elegies in kind

To whisper their names (whisper my name again)
We whispered their names (whisper my name again)
At some point a doe wandered in
she whispered your name
again

You filled Long Lake with water
And the sky with meteors
And in between was our canoe

All around us we heard voices
Singing praises
Echoing your name across the blue

So whisper my name again
whisper my name again
whisper my name again
etc

I saw your face in the water
It whispered my name

You walked across the water
Lay down with me beside her
Held me close to remind me I’m still there

I’ll miss you in the morning
When all the stars are missing
And I can’t find my brothers anywhere

credits

from All Saints' Day, released June 25, 2012
Steve Slagg: piano, synths, vocals
Allison Van Liere: banjo, backing vocals, acoustic guitar
Gabriel Ellison RiCharde: backing vocals
Liz Grant: backing vocals
Cathy Kuna: cello
Lee Ketch: bass, electric guitar
Michael Schlotter: drums

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Youngest Son Chicago, Illinois

Youngest Son is singer-songwriter Steve Slagg, who grew up playing Debussy and Charles Wesley on an upright piano in Missouri and now plays his own lyric-driven, emotionally complex indie-folk songs on a keyboard in Chicago.

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