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The anthem. Written in Santa Cruz. First sung on the banks of the Yuba River.


Once I rode my bike / I road it way too far into the night / Past all the streets with curbs and signs and lights / Past all the hands of law and greed and vice / Stars became my eyes, their patterns in the sky became my guide / To all that walks the earth and wind and fire / To all that gives its love for night’s desire / I ride away I ride away I ride away / I lose my way I lose my way I lose my way / I feel ok I feel ok I feel ok / I find my way I find my way I find my way / Drums are sounds I like / I hear them as I bike on through the night / And between all the trees a fire gives light, and round the fire light, a crowd is bright / Kids with flutes and kites, they’re dancing round a clown with zebra tights / Their singing songs to sounds of bags with pipes, and dreaming dreams that can’t be bought or sliced / Sleep beneath the elm / You take me like the sea into her realm / I’m treated to your whales and reefs and shells / I’m floating on my back atop your swells / There I see your face / A picture of god’s love, and pain, and grace / A hieroglyph of time when freed from space / A water jug to quench the crazed and craved


from Ghosts Be Free, released September 19, 2012
Sean Burns (vocals, acoustic guitar), Zach Gill (piano, accordion), Steve Adams (bass), Aaron Kierbel (drums), Dave Mihaly (percussion), Courtney Browne (vocals), Pungwe Inspired Choir



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Professor Burns and the Lilac Field Berkeley, California

"Definitely headed to great places" says the San Francisco Chronicle of this Berkeley based, indie folk roots singer- songwriter. Prof. Burns is a rare musical bird with a rich history as a poet, historian, and college professor. Backed by some of California's best, the songs conjure a lyrical and musical vibe the likes of Iron and Wine, Bright Eyes, Ben Harper, Van Morrison, and M Ward. ... more

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