When I Am Among The Trees

by Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys

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I love poetry but I’m very impatient and sometimes I don’t give the words enough time to settle and re-shape themselves before moving on.
(Music has the advantage of melody to keep you there, allowing the words to become familiar and find new meaning, or morph their meaning, over and over.)
Turning these poems into songs has been a really lovely way of doing that. It’s particularly comforting to spend time in Mary Oliver’s world.

I recorded this one in the Meduse Magiq rehearsal space in Amsterdam and André Leo mixed it for me in Berlin.
He also took this photo in Berlin.

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'When I Am Among The Trees'
- Mary Oliver

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”

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released May 15, 2020
Played and recorded by Lucy Kruger.
Mixed by André Leo.

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Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys Berlin, Germany

Lucy Kruger is a singer/songwriter from Cape Town, South Africa who now lives in Berlin.

Her music focuses on the bare bones of the songs, a slow burning psychedelic folk that is both intimate and ambient.

Her latest record 'Transit Tapes (for women who move furniture around)' will be out through Unique Records on the 14th of May.
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