These Forests Hide Secrets

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An earlier version of this song was featured on "Let Morning Shine," a compilation of music for the people of North Korea.


These forests hide secrets
The bark bears the teeth marks
And I saw a boy
Shoveling clay in his mouth

The seeds must fall
But the soil is a graveyard
When the plowshares arrived
Limbs of the dead were exposed

A swallow's wings
As frail as ashes in the wind
Will fold and break against the bars

A crease in the mountains
A village of prisoners
Their eyes are required
To witness a man hang to death

This landscape holds terror
That words can't imagine
And I saw a boy
Stripping the clothes from a corpse

Have you ever seen a human in a cage?
Would it be a different feeling or the same?
Are we willows weeping just to bend away?
Or will we clench the bars and pull with all our weight?

These forests hide secrets
Let the trees clap their hands
Let the stones cry aloud
And let the mountains be burst


from A Glass Sea, released December 1, 2012



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