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Release Date: 5/13

Album: THE OWL AND THE FULL MOON

Writer: ADAM MARSLAND

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Lyrics:

I feel good, yeah I feel real good
If I could bottle up this feeling you know I would
Down in the city we're running and sweating fear
But it all falls away when I'm up here

What's that sound out in the dark
Chill in my spine, that feeds a spark
Out in the night, a who-ing song
Calling me back where I belong

Somebody said to me I would always wander and never find my space
Somebody said to me I could never be more than someone's second place
Something's stirring in the trees
Something's stirring inside me
I see the owl and the full moon
The owl and the full moon

Why can't I keep this peace forever?
When I'm out of my depth
And when I'm just too clever
Down in the city I see hawks, circling and screaming for their prey
But when I'm up here, it all falls away

I may not retrace my path
Being lost is not that bad
When darkness swallows what you confess
And you vanish into nothingness

I send a sound out to the dark
Chill in your spine, that feeds a spark
New life began with a "Who"-ing song
Where I left off, I continue on

Somebody said to me I would always wander and never find my space
Somebody said to me I could never be more than someone's second place
That voice was inside of me
Now I'll try to let it be
I see the owl and the full moon
The owl and the full moon

Musicians:

Adam - all vocals and instruments

Adam sez:

I came up with the idea for "The Owl And The Full Moon" in late 2011 after a hiking trip in the Santa Monica Mountains near my house. I was hiking in the dark and it was a gorgeous indian summer night, the moon was out, and as I got further from the city, an owl started following me around in the trees above. It was just a perfect night, and I felt great, and I came down and did a little demo saying, "I want to write a song about tonight, and how great I feel, and a whole album of just really positive and uplifting songs." And not to be a downer, but the album did not happen at that time in large degree because I did not feel that way again for quite a long time, which accounts for the optimistic tone of this particular song in contrast to much of the rest of the album. I spend a lot of time up in the mountains hiking, and it's been a balm to my spirits through some very rough times. I'm grateful to live near a place I can do that.

This and "Contamination" were begun in fall 2011, then put on ice for about a year. I didn't realize that this was a really good song until I started playing it live in 2013, usually in a more intimate finger picking arrangement, and then I really fell in love with it.

The rebirth anticipated in "The Owl And The Full Moon" did eventually happen (and yes, that's a deliberate GO WEST reference in the last verse), but not until just before the album itself was out and I was off on a new path. I did get there, it just took a while.

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