Winter Simplifies the World

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lyrics

I have been where the winter steals the sun for months on end
Where ice-laden winds blow blinding storms down to the frozen bay
And the solstice noon is midnight dark and the cold will not relent
And every soul despairs a little as the old year fades away

Chorus
I'm amazed at how much winter seems to simplify the world
As it hides the paths we'd hoped to take and wraps the earth in crystal white
It gives us long cold months to meditate on what's behind and what's ahead
We're on the cusp of new beginnings when winter simplifies the world


I remember her smile and her hand warm in mine
And the way I felt that winter day when I had to watch her go
And how, like marble under the chisel, the fragments of my heart were chipped away
And dropped with all the warmth of moonlight on newly-fallen snow

Chorus

Bridge
If we make it through the longest night
If we survive to see the dawn
If we endure the frost that chokes us, and melt the ice that binds
Then we'll know we have the strength to carry on -- because

The snow-covered world is lonely, waiting for the sun and warmth and life
She doesn't wear a shroud, but a lacy veil to hide her bridal smile
And it will lift like fog and she'll kiss us, with lips soft as a budding rose
And we will stand in the cool spring morning, enthralled, entranced, beguiled

Chorus (past tense)

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from Distorted Vision, released August 22, 2015
Words and music by Gray Rinehart
Gray Rinehart - vocals and backing vocals
Mark Minervino - instruments
Recorded at Stormghost Studio, Cary, NC, and MKM Studios, Scarborough, ME
Engineered and produced by Mark Minervino

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