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Keep a Light

by Bill Crandall

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Track 1/10 from new DIY series The Forest and the Trees. Future-folk for a changing world. A song a month from my little room over the garage. Live take (vocals and guitar) + a little fairy dust and ornaments added in post.

If my first record was about leaving Earth for another planet, this second one is 'meanwhile back on Earth'. Thematically, The Forest and the Trees suggests people navigating the near-to-medium future as it settles into a new climate reality and increasing fascism - and ultimately getting by through love, solidarity, and hope.


Soon or later we fall
I could tell the world can end
So keep an eye
Soon or later that’s all

Someone calls your name with just the barest grin
Someone calls you in to say it all again
So keep a light
Way down inside
Always a light above the window

Two sonatas by nightfall
I would sell the woods to pay for winter words
Group the trees in twos and threes

Somewhere out the fields it’s going on again
Somewhere they can play like it’s the past again
So keep a light
I won’t be long
Let the fire burn out if it wants to

I would sell the woods to pay for winter words


released October 3, 2020
Words, music, and art by Bill Crandall


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Bill Crandall Takoma Park, Maryland

Bill Crandall is an American singer-songwriter and photographer.

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