House on a Hill

from Islands (EP) by Simon Hudson

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In the Adelaide hills, as you wind your way through the pines along the unpaved road at the end of a peaceful street, there's a house on a hill. This song is about the home in which I grew up.

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A young boy is sitting up on a log
And his father is cutting wood in the fog
And he knows it’s for winter, to keep the fire strong
There's a song in his heart, he'll sing loud and long

And a woman is gardening, she’s pulling up weeds
With the things that she grows, her family she feeds
And she knows that she won't need to garden too long
And the things that she grows, they'll grow tall and strong

A house on a hill is yet standing there still
Though the people who lived there have lived up their fill
And they know though they can’t visit it any more
It will stand there forever in their sacred halls

And a child in the nighttime is there at the door
She was scared in the dark by the monsters she saw
And although she can’t know it, she’ll soon dry her tears
And she’ll comfort her daughter when she has the same fears

And a old man is sitting in his armchair
With a book and a glass and a shock of white hair
And he knows that he's earned it, this place in the sun
And the time that he has, has now just begun

A house on a hill is yet standing there still
Though the people who lived there have lived up their fill
And they know though they can’t visit it any more
It will stand there forever in their sacred halls

And the young folk play, in the fields of their minds
And they run far and fast, and their will is divine
And they give us our meaning as we give them their lives
And they carry our clocks as they stand still in time
Oh stand still in time

A house on a hill is yet standing there still
Though the people who lived there have lived up their fill
And they know though they can’t visit it any more
It will stand there forever in their sacred halls

A house on a hill (house on a hill) is yet standing there still (standing there still)
Though the people who lived there (people who lived there) have lived up their fill (lived up their fill)
And they know (they know) though they can’t (they can’t) visit it any more (visit no more)
It will stand there forever (stand there forever) in their sacred halls (in their sacred halls)

A house on a hill (house on a hill) is yet standing there still (standing there still)
Though the people who lived there (people who lived there) have lived up their fill (lived up their fill)
And they know (they know) though they can’t (they can’t) visit it any more (visit no more)
It will stand there forever (stand there forever) in their sacred halls (in their sacred halls)

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from Islands (EP), released June 19, 2020

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Simon Hudson's highly original music weaves a captivating blend of roots, folk & Latin. Based in Melbourne Australia with great original songs & infectious live energy, he’s wowed countless audiences across Europe, Latin America and Australia. "Earthman is a wonderfully-made album ... soul, pop & world music” - Polyprisma ... more

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