Better Times Are Waiting For You

from Song Bridge by Colum Sands

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On the bleak days and pathways of winter, the leafless trees and bare hedges have a way of revealing the kind of landscape which seems to suggest that nature is taking a well earned rest.
I have often taken a cue from that idea of making time and finding inspiration in quiet places. I hope the song says the rest!


6. Better Times Are Waiting For You 5:06
Words and Music Colum Sands © Elm Grove Music

As I walked out one winter’s morning,
More like the night it was than day,
The sun and moon had made their bargain,
We’ll give the clouds their chance today.

The road before me like a ribbon,
The North wind sighed from far away,
The Frost has plans to stop the music,
The singing stream he’ll freeze today.

But don’t turn back to look behind you,
Keep on walking on your way
Better times are waiting for you
Sure as night turns into day.

A puddle cracked beneath my footsteps,
As I turned up the hungry hill,
A church bell rang up from the valley,
Marking time where time stood still.

And down a lane a dog was barking,
The reason why I cannot say,
I nearly stopped but something stopped me,
And I continued on my way.


A jackdaw watched me from his chimney,
More close to home than me I’d say,
His treasure trove of twigs beneath him,
No smoke will rise up there today.

And a magpie pecked in a broken phone box,
One for sorrow so they say,
But just in time she called her partner,
A blue black flash - they flew away.

And then as if from out of nowhere,
A voice came back from long ago,
These quiet places if you find them,
Are the spaces where you grow.

And through the clouds the sun came dancing,
I felt the warmth I’d missed so long,
The singing stream and all around me,
Said take us with you in your song.



from Song Bridge, released April 28, 2020
Colum Sands: vocals, guitar & double bass with Tabitha Benedict: 5-string banjo & backing vocals, Nuala Curran: cello, Ben Sands: backing vocals, Karen Tweed: accordion


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Colum Sands Newry, UK

Colum Sands is a universal storyteller who draws on a long Irish tradition of poetic musicality to weave songs for the world.
Drawing on countless performances, Sands uses humour and shrewd observation to celebrate what unites rather than what separates. His latest album “Song Bridge” includes many of the songs written for his extensive environmental campaigning over the past two years.
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