The Summerlands

from by Anne Lister

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For all our much loved companion animals, when we have to say goodbye. It’s not just about pets. Rats get an honourable mention.


What road will you take to the Summerlands
And how will you recognise the turning
It’s not a map anyone has ever seen
But I know there’ll be beacons burning

When you set your feet on the rainbow bridge
And you leave this place behind you
Remember that we’ll be following some day
And some day for sure we’ll find you.

We know for us all a time will come
And a bright light will show the way home
Don’t be sad for the ones who are following the flame
But be sad for the ones left alone.

Your head will be full of new sights and sounds
Don’t look back – it’s time to be leaving
Let the wind and the sun guide your feet as you run
Put all your hope into believing.

And they say that a rat at the end of its life
Will see heaven shining gold as the sun
There’s much more to this world than our living eyes see
And there’s hope in this world for each one.


from Astrolabe, released December 28, 2019
Matt Crum: piano. Mike O’Connor: Anglo concertina, fiddle. Barbara Griggs: harp. Mary Mc Laughlin: harmony vocals.


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Anne Lister Wales, UK

Anne is best known for her song "Icarus", recorded and performed by a number of different singers, including Martin Simpson and Nic Jones. "Astrolabe" is her ninth solo album.

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