In a den hidden deep in the forest, a mother bear sings to her cubs of the long winter, and of the spring to come.
Don't wake my children, don't stir from your slumbers,
I'll whisper of wonders to sweeten your dreams.
The trees are wearing the winter's snowy mantle,
And icy jeweled necklaces decorate the streams.
I'll sing of the North Wind who's chasing his tail;
Whirling and growling, he laughs at the moon.
Although he's strong and he's noisy in midwinter,
His song will soon soften to summer's gentle tune.
Outside Northern Lights dance with the stars
Waltzing over mountains,
Wearing rainbow tiaras and slippers of ice
The Great Bear smiles from her home near Polaris.
She's guarding our passage through winter's enless night.
The first thoughts of berries are formed on frozen branches
Young shoots of grass lie suspended in snow.
The salmon are chanting their spells out int the ocean,
Breaking icy enchantments that stop the river's flow.
released December 31, 1995
Lyrics by Deb Knodel / Melody by Steve Baughman
Deb: vocals, nylon-strung harp, bar chimes, tambourine
Jane: vocals, wire-strung harp, backup bar chimes