The Heart Of Summer

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Call the piper, call the drummer, fetch the fiddle and the fife.
It's the beating heart of summer and the night is full of life.
In the morn we cannot tarry but must go our separate ways;
Come dance and be merry! The dance music plays.

Cast off anger, care, and sadness, let your feckless feet take flight.
As the music speaks of gladness you will find your heart is light.
Your troubles will be patient, they have time enough to stay;
If they don't, so much the better! They are free to go away.

There are maids in ribbons going where the dancing fires burn,
With their hair all loose and flowing, flying wide at every turn.
Their eyes are bright with mischief, you can hear the laughter spill,
And if you won't be their partner, why another dancer will.

While the dancing drums are sounding, come the lads from east and west
Like the stag in autumn bounding, so they seem to need no rest
While the music runs before them, every head will turn their way
And if I can't be their partner, then another dancer may.

Like a flock of eager swallows playing tag around our feet
So the music flirts and follows here where Bard and dancer meet.
His glance is bright and merry and I meet it more and more;
Someone else should play a tune so I can ask him to the floor!


from A Dancing World, released May 1, 2001



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In 1995 Cat Faber and Callie Hills teamed up to form Echo's Children, a duo known for well crafted harmonies and interesting lyrics about science fiction and fantasy subjects. They worked together until 2003, when Cat Faber moved to Tennessee and the group broke up. ... more

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