#02454
My Father's Land (Gary Noland)

Walking in my father's land,
Even though I never knew the man;
All of who and what he was,
Has a lot to do with who I am.

There's more to it than meets the eye,
It's like a classic piece of art;
There's a primal urge to scream and cry,
There's a beating rhythm in the heart.

And I go walking in my father's land,
And I'm talking to a gentle wind;
Now I'm talking to myself again,
Walking alone, all alone....

No memories, just fabled stories,
It's just like the hourglass's sand;
Dreams that fizzled into glory,
Walking in my father's land.

Those who came first were drawn into the past
By Time who has a mighty hand;
I've learned that dreams of men can't last,
While walking in my father's land.

And I go walking in my father's land,
And I'm talking to a gentle wind;
Now I'm talking to myself again,
Walking alone, all alone....

There are two signs written out for man,
One is on stone above his grave;
The other's written in his heart,
That only He, Christ, can save.

And I go walking in my father's land,
And I'm talking to a gentle wind;
Now I'm talking to myself again,
Walking alone, all alone....

####.... Gary Noland of California and North Florida ....####

Recorded by Gary Noland (Surely You Know, trk#13, 2006, Independent).

Although this song cannot be considered a song from Newfoundland and Labrador, it is included here in this archive solely for its lyrics which seem to convey the feelings of many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who have migrated out of their province to find work in distant places and come home to their father's land.



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