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This song was inspired by the Sharing Knife books by Lois McMaster Bujold. The lyrics for the three-beat part are given first, followed by the lyrics for the two-beat part.
Lyrics and melody by Catherine Faber, 2003
You are the sun, I the sunflower near
Swayed by a music you make but can't hear.
My starveling heart has me twisted around;
Surely, it pleads, we can find common ground.
Blossom and feather, shelter together
Troubles to weather, on common ground.
My folk and yours different paths have to walk,
Lives as distinct as the hawthorn and hawk.
You who are rooted, in blossom are crowned;
Still I can hope to achieve common ground
Firefly-eager, I orbit you now,
Confused as my wee, simple brain will allow.
I cannot surrender this joy I have found;
I'll fight or I'll flee but I'll find common ground
Strange is the counterpoint woven and dared,
Partnered where not even meter is shared;
In juxtaposition new harmonies sound,
Working in concert to make common ground.
(2-beat part lyrics)
Shining flower, so entrancing,
In the sunny meadow dancing,
Hungry winds have turned me round--
Till I stand on common ground
Blossom, feather, stand together,
Storms we'll weather, on common ground.
My folk, your folk, sep'rate walk,
You as free as flying hawk,
I as still as tree green-crowned
Still I hope for common ground.
You call fireflies, to surround me;
You delight me, and confound me.
I must keep this joy I've found;
I will find us common ground!
In the music we discover,
Be my partner, be my lover.
Let our song together sound--
I the descant; you my ground!