In The Shadows Of Giants (v​.​2)

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While writing this for our first album, a second version of the music emerged from a Rod/Paul session and sat gathering dust, waiting for a rework. It’s in 4/4 and a cooler feel than the earlier strident folk-waltz, echoing its flutey motif but a different tune otherwise. Paul takes the lead vocal this time, complete with talkie verse. The words were a Stafford/Tony collaboration moved by walking among tall trees – all the more relevant with the forests looking more and more like Peter Garrett’s head, whatever his best intentions.

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In the deepest lost valley, the trees stand untamed / Mighty giants, unbridled by saw, axe or flame

Still unbent and unbroken through years without name / When the world was one forest, they stood here

Here the great clock ticks slowly, time under a spell / In a long morning here, Greece and Rome rose and fell

In the silence and shadow, the air seems to swell / With the echoes of eons resounding

Deep in the stillness, it’s clear where we stand / At the edge of a wisdom beyond our command

Feel the once and forever that grows in this land / In the shadows of giants we’re walking

Under layers of leaves on the dark forest floor / Lie the footprints of those who have walked here before

Giant creatures that tramped with a thunderous roar / And the peoples who held this place holy

Deep in the stillness…

In a time bound to come, when the last trees are down / Who will follow this path through a land cracked and brown

Will they stare at our footprints, and wonder, and frown / And think “Oh, how the mighty are fallen”

Deep in the stillness…

Feel the once and forever we hold in our hand / In the shadows of giants we’re walking

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from Dreams And Tinsel, released January 12, 2008

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