Across The Water

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(© Ken Batts)

While living in Finland with his wife, Ken read an article in the local equivalent of People magazine about a couple who met on the island Korkeasaari. Connected to the mainland by a footbridge, the island is home to a zoo, where the man worked, and a fishing village. Ken decided that a fisherman was more romantic than a zookeeper and "Across the Water" was born.

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Liza met a fisherman forty years ago
At his pier on the coastal island
She came by footbridge across the water
Came to get away from the rush for a couple of hours

They sat on a bench by the shore
Where he'd laid out his nets for mending
Talked about summer, wind and tides
Sound and beauty of the sea that is never ending

She went home alone to her room in the city
Thinking about the man with the ocean in his eyes
He lay awake listened to the night waves breaking
He hadn't heard them all before
There were soft ones that almost said her name

Days of wine and wildflowers
Evenings by a driftwood fire
Lying tight beneath the stars
Walking along the moonlit sand together

Winter was warm in the old wooden house
On a hill above the harbor
Dancing to songs on the radio
Watching the snowflakes fall into the water

Out at the edge of the world there's a powerful rhythm
Ancient song of life land sea and sky
He used to listen sometimes before he found her
Now it's playing for him all the time
She hears the melody and the heartbeat
Music that's been playing since the world was new
Even when the hardest winds are howling
They both hear the same tune
They just want to listen on and on

Liza met a fisherman forty years ago
At his pier on the coastal island
She came by footbridge across the water
Came to get away from the rush for a couple of hours

credits

from The Long Grey Line, released January 23, 2001
Vocals: Debra Cowan
Guitar: Ken Batts
English Concertina: Jim William

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Debra Cowan Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Singer Debra Cowan performs a cappella and with guitar, interpreting a wide range of folk songs. Debra has two acclaimed solo recordings to her credit, and her third, “Fond Desire Farewell” was produced by former Fairport Convention drummer Dave Mattacks. A former California resident, she now resides in Massachusetts and tours all over North America and the United Kingdom. ... more

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