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Expedition of the Heart Album Lyrics 


1,000 sleepless nights  1,000 empty days
Try as I might it’s hard to find the way

As a little boy    I had a dream
I would grow up right   I would be something
So I took that dream & brought it to life
Started to let it sing   and let it shine

Everywhere I turn   I find a wall of greed
Trying to break my heart but it wont succeed 

I will die trying to light the night sky
Im fine cuz I am trying 
You don’t see the stars but you see their light

Theres no perfect path that climbs straight up the mountainside
Theres rocks & stones & ticking time
So I hold my dream right by the side
Cuz it gives you things when you get tired

Pre Chorus


Their afterlight… afterlight…ooh…ooh

1,000 sleepless nights  1,000 empty days
Try as I might     it’s hard to find the way


You don’t see the stars but you see their afterlight
You don’t see the stars but you see the afterlight
You don’t see the stars but you see the afterlight
afterlight… afterlight…ooh…ooh



Expedition of the Heart

If the jasmine grows thru the mud and snow                                                         
If the ocean flows in sun and storm both                                                    
Think of what the night will bring                                                                       
What the constellation’s pointing to

If the redwood tall born of fire’s call
The mountain is cuz everything shifts                                                                        
Think of what the knife will bring                                                                                   
When it cuts thru all the packaging

All I got to do is feel it                                                                                 
Crawl beyond the skin that’s peeling                                            
All I got to do is breathe in
Woo hoo hoo everyday I start
Woo hoo hoo expedition of the heart

If the child cries out of mother’s eyes
When the moonless skies call her painful tides
Think of what the storm will clear
Til only love is sitting here

Woo hoo hoo every step adopts
Woo hoo hoo expedition of the heart

I’ll find my way  reincarnate          a hope out of all the flames                      
I’ll give away all that fades to dance in the nameless name            

(Verse chords quiet) All I gotta do is feel it                                     
                                                All I gotta do is breathe                                                     




Birth of Fire

You paint my mind in the moonlight
Dream of the warmth of the sunshine
Toss & I turn    toss & I turn
Hold me tighter that I might burn

Fire rises til it’s gone

Fading the lines of magical and impossible
Dream of the night of hot soup and singalongs
I twist & I turn    stomp and I yearn
Hold me tighter I cry til I burn


Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh 
Im getting closer Ive been listening to the clouds
Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh 
Im focused pouring my heart out into my hands

(Quiet) Fire lights us like the dawn

Fire learning from God
To lighten up



No Song 

A sparrow don’t ask is my voice pretty 
It just sings its song 
Don’t ask when you know the answer 
Just sing your song 
I want you 
To take me 
By the hand 
Believe me 
I’m your man 

A tree can grow tall and straight when there’s no wind 
Your soul can do the same thing too 
In the spring time all the flowers bloom 
Every day’s spring in you 


You can say you’ve been loving 
You can say you’ve been kind 
You can say you’ve been lonely 
You know that’s all in your mind 


There’s song then no song 
A song once again 
There’s song then no song 
A song once again 
Who-hoo wha-hoo… 



Miracles Abound

Maybe there’s fame & fortune out beyond the city lights      
Maybe there’s coming darkness on the other side
Maybe this song is precious maybe this song is lies
Maybe there is something beyond you & I

Don’t let it stop you from living now                                                
Don’t let it stop you 
Miracles abound                    Here and now
Miracles abound                    the heart gets around

Take it on inspiration there’s more than meets the eye
Take it as education earth wind water life
Maybe this step is painless maybe this step takes flight
Maybe time is ever on your side


Take it as inspiration you’re made for these times
Give it imagination the dance is all you find

Days are slow    you can run like dogs after an afterglow       
Trained to stow away all the things that’ll help us grow
Tied to the show           by a string made only of yes or no
You see a snake and not a rope                                                    





I wanna wake up on a mountaintop
Look out over it all
See the river twist and curve and sing
See what man could be (could be)

Feel the wind blow     my soul breathes it in

Im a wildflower in a meadow in the sun
Im a wildflower in a meadow on a mountain
I sing and dance cuz im my mothers son
I am the mountain

I wanna wake up where the seasons never stop
And live off what the sun conjures up
See the hope of all of us rise & magnify like trees in the breeze in the summertime
Realize what ive been looking for was never that far away 

Feel the wind blow        my soul sends it on


Whoo-oo- ooh-oo…

Im a wildflower lifting my face up to the sun
Im a wildflower lifting myself up…

I sing & dance cuz im my mothers son
Oh I am the I am the I am the mountain.  



Fantastic Mystery

Complete the circle        hand in hand
The sea is turning             life has a plan
Complete the circle        It’s a dance dance dance
The waves bear tidings  She is wealth she is sand

All that I have         All that I need
Is standing here    Alongside me

We sing & dance as a choir now
With my part & yours is the harmony
Sing & dance as a choir now
With your part & mine is in harmony

Complete the spiral        it goes on and on
The stars are dreaming  You are the dawn
Complete the spiral        You’re inside and out
Universe reflecting          All you weep & shout

All that I bear          All that I see
Is standing here    within everything


Tied to us all is a cloth of golden light
It follows me on life thru life
Everywhere I go it weaves out a tapestry
Wired to us all is a voice of golden light
It sounds along day & night
Everywhere I go it weaves a garden of rhapsody
A majesty of fantastic mystery

Complete the circle        you’re the circumference
The ground’s been waiting for your feet
Complete the circle        each action remembrance
Wondrous abundant mystery




Looking for Land                                                                                                                    

Well I am about the happiest man you will ever know                        
In the darkest cloud I still see a smiling rainbow
But now and again I cant help     feeling this is a living hell               

Some days I am caught up in a hurricane 
Cant tell which way is up or out back to safety
And I cant help but wishing           for an easier mission

But Im a polar bear looking for land                                                
Yes im a polar bear swimming as fast as I can

I live my life following the constellations of my heart
Searching for love following the dove knowing happiness is in the cards
But id be lying to everyone if I said I never felt like giving up


Nobody knows just where I am                                                              
Its getting colder and colder I feel im giving in
When the morning comes I hope im done swimming              

Build Section                                                                                                      

Im a polar bear            looking for land
IM a polar bear            on my own til the end
Just one out here       out like a no-man
Just one out here       who could use a hand
Im a polar bear            looking for land
Don’t know where     but I hope to see home again
But im a polar bear   takes more than heat to do me in
If anyone can get thru this and stand                                                         
You better believe I can                                                                           




Ive gone to Jackson                                                                                                 
Found God on the mountaintop                                                                     
Laid in a sage field                                                                                                    
I found my place                                                                                                        

Summer sunlight breathes down on my face                                            
Cant have worries in such a wide open space                                          


And its true the skies are not cloudy all day
The mountain blooms and it’s everybody that wants to play


Summer evenings on the square                                                           
Oh God is everywhere                                                                      
And its easy to hear
When you listen to the mountain air                                       


I found my place                                            



Eye For An Eye

In the dust falls the crust of a boy
But his soul’s been dried for years (and years)
Ever since the day his family was taken away
Replaced by hate

The fire in the sky says USA 
The gun in his hand says USA
Who do you think he thinks is to blame

This is an eye for an eye
Id give anything for my sight
I miss the colors of the spring time
Lord I pray for a sunrise

In the rust belt sits a man
Never really had him a chance
Born on the wrong side of town
Only work he sees is when the sun goes down

The fire in his eyes says us vs. them
The gun in his hand says I just want to live
Do you understand that monsters are made

Chorus – lord I pray to look in her eyes

We’ll never put down our guns
Til we see the blood’s on everyone
We cant win by killing them
Cuz we are them & they are us

Chorus – id give anything for a little light
Lord can I see if I really try     An eye for an eye… 



No Words Are Needed

Im planting pines higher than the midday sun
Im planting light in the hearts of everyone
And I wont see the fruit or the flower but I hear the songbirds sing

Im standing tall tall as I can be cuz I wanna see the source of it all
I am where I am on the blood & the backs of millions of women & men

We couldn’t flower if they didn’t plant seeds
We cant dance without the beat
Theres a little voice inside I wanna believe

Listen to the heart that cries no words are needed no words are needed
Living with the heart in flight you’re a goldmine you’re redefined

Open your books some things you can only find if you stop to look
Get yourself shook time is just passing a breathing transaction you’re the picture in a picture book
And I want to see the end of the story but I hear that there’s glory in every scene

We couldn’t flower if they didn’t plant seeds
We cant dance without the beat
There’s a little voice inside learning to lead


Bridge – oohs


Im planting light in the hearts of everyone (3x)


Stone Inside the River’s Flow                                                                           

If I was a song would you sing along                                      
Dance my melody upon your tongue
And if I was a cloud would I stand out
Like a heart against the blue before I fizzle out                

I stand my ground as it slides down                                        
Ive heard it said that a heart outlives death      so we’ll see   

Home          is where you dig my bones                                 
Home          is where my song echoes
Unknown only the heart can go
A stone inside the river’s flow                         

If I was a tide would you wander in
Dance within the wave in a moonlit grin
If I was a mountain would you touch my face
Like a heart that only knew to hold space

Whatever I am an atom or the wind
Time and time again nothing less than your friend


From my star there’s a line                                               
To your heart thru time
One little star one little line
One symphonic heart no word can define                                                  

If I was a song would you sing along
Dance my melody upon your tongue
If you were a song I would sing along
A harmony beyond death’s lungs




Tomorrow Never Knows                                                                                      
(John Lennon/ Paul McCartney)

Turn off your mind relax and float down stream  
It is not dying
It is not dying

Lay down all thoughts, surrender to the void
It is shining
It is shining

Yet you may see the meaning of within
It is being
It is being

That love is all and love is everyone
It is knowing
It is knowing

That ignorance and hate may mourn the dead
It is believing
It is believing

But listen to the colour of your dreams
It is not living
It is not living

Or play the game "Existence" to the end
Of the beginning
Of the beginning
Of the beginning
Of the beginning
Of the beginning
Of the beginning
Of the beginning



Angel By My Side

In the darkness of the night
I see your face in my eyes
In the mirror the mirror

And everything’s better
And everything’s fine
And nothing could be better
If we could spend some time together oh

And if I go down swinging
I didn’t throw the fight
Cuz even if I go down swinging
Ive still got my angel by my side

In the darkness of the sky
I feel the clouds in my eyes
Like a fever in the mirror

Pre Chorus


I might fall in love with you





Nice Dream Lyrics 

Nice Dream Lyrics

Nice Dream
(c) 2022 ZEF Music

All songs written, performed, produced, recorded, and co-mixed by Zach Freidhof. *except "angel" written by Tom Petty. Used by permission.


1. angel

I dreamed you,                                                                            
I saw your face. 
Cut my lifeline when drifting through space. 

I saw an angel,                                                                             
I saw my fate.                                                                                    
I can only thank God it was not too late.

Over mountains, 
I floated away. 
Cross an ocean, 
I dreamed her name. 

I followed an angel down through the gates. 
I can only thank God it was not too late. 

Sing a little song of loneliness,                         
Sing one to make me smile. 
Another round for everyone, 
I'm here for a little while. 

Now I'm walkin' 
This street on my own. 
But she's with me 
Everywhere I go. 

Yeah, I found an angel, 
I found my place. 
I can only thank God it was not too late. 
I can only thank God it was not too late. 
I can only thank God it was not too late


2. fireworks

Then your eyes       bathed the room in a warmth                                        
I have never seen before 
Not even in my dreams    how am I to keep moving 
Tho I am completely floored 

Right outside           fireworks were bursting thru 
The December sky 
And who am I          lost inside this heart as big as 
The mountainside 

Nothing will be the same           Nothing will be the same                       

Then your heart     smiled and I swear I felt the 
Whole of the galaxy expand 
You were breathing           and I was hearing music 
Dancing in the in and out 

Nothing will be the same           Nothing will be the same 

Every star that shines                                                                              
Every word that’s ever rhymed 
Every light in the sky                                                                               
Is you  ah ah                                                                                                
Is you ah ah   

Then I cried              could I behold the world upon 
The lips of all time 
Then you spoke      we were walking thru the canyon 
Of renewed hope 

Nothing will be the same           Nothing will be the same 


Every dream to ever fly                                                    
Every song is only the bat of your eye 


Nothing will be the same


3. better

You are a blue sky to a long night                                                   
And I know it can only get better 
Your shy laugh with your head down 
I know your heart is so clever 

Everything I ever wanted is sitting right here                         
Smiling at me                                                                         

Id give you everything I can my heart my hand                
Oh I know it’ll only get better 

Your stories are a warm breeze 
To a heart frozen over 
When you speak I swear everything 
Stops to listen closer 

Everything I ever wanted is sitting right here 
Smiling at me 

Id give you everything I can my heart my hand 
Oh I know it’ll only get better 
I’ll walk down every road no fear hand in hand 
Oh you make it all better

You’re a full bite of chocolate right when I’m tired 
But you can life me up better 
Your embrace gives me the strength to grow 
And see beyond the weather 

Everything I ever wanted your name makes it clear 
Smiling at me 


Nothing can compare no matter how hard it tries    to your shine          
Noone can compare no matter how hard they try    to your heart your mind 

Everything I ever wanted is sitting right here 
Showing me how to dream 



4. pretty little love

She got a pretty little love
A pretty little face
Got a pretty little light she shines my way
Got a pretty little heartbeat
I can feel through my dreams
And it makes me smile

She shines
Sunflowers in the light
She shines
Makes it alright
Look in her eyes
She shines

She got a pretty little love
With a pretty little laugh
Got this pretty little way of making it last
Got pretty little angel wings
She'd have done differently
She still shrugs and smiles


She shines


5. breathe believe

Somedays you may forget the wings you’ve                               
Carried all along 
Your play slows down to a crawl and you 
Cant dance under the weight 

You’ve been trying so long                                                      
Doesn’t mean you’re not strong                                         
You just need a new song                                                     

Let me lift you up        take it and make it ok                   
It don’t take much       I can be some harmony 
Let’s open your wings if you want you’re a cosmic dream 
We can forget everything   and let these arms 
Give you the space to breathe and believe 

The shit people do takes your time & makes the 
Heart come loose 
I know you’re always working for love trying to feel 
Something from their shoes 

You’ve been trying to long 
Still shining so strong 
You just need a new song 


Breathe you are already so much                               
Sometimes it just takes a touch    to see                                      

You’ve been trying so long 
No doubt you are strong 
Try out this new song 



6. improve

OOH! Baby I never met another like you                                                    
Aw what am I supposed to do

So long ago I had to bury my heart                                                     
Thought Id ever had to live without a spark 
All these tears tried to wash me away 
Never thought Id stand in a sunny day 

Ooh Ooh then arrived you 
I knew things were gonna change 

OOH! Baby I never met another like you 
Aw what am I supposed to do 
OOH! Baby you’re a higher altitude 
Aw you make me want to improve 
Oh Oh Oh your mind is solid gold 
You make me want to improve 
Oh Oh Oh your heart holds 

When you opened your eyes every galaxy alights 
Spinning and swirling no time to be shy 
Can I talk to you? Lay down what’s inside 
Hand in hand got nothing to hide 

Ooh Ooh then I saw the truth 
Ooh Ooh things are gonna change 


She’s gone Hall and Oats but you changed the tune                                   
Lay It Down Al Green when you need it so smoooooooooth 


Ooh Ooh with you I an never full 
Ooh Ooh things are gonna change 



7. to feel home

Holding it all in                                                                                    
You’re searching for the sunshine 
Everywhere you’ve been 
Is hanging like a clothes line 
Some days you feel the weight on your back 
Easy to forget not all hearts attack 

Time is calling in 
Put your phone on silent 
Everything begins 
Where the corner of life is 
Some nights a friend tries to help you rise 
Light house shines out like in my eyes 

Daysha     gift from the sunshine                                    
Daysha     thaws my ice                                                  
Oh oh on eagle wings 
Oh oh she talks to me 
I just want her to feel home 

Talking with the wind 
Living by your own guide 
Paint and glaze again 
Carving out a new tide 
Some days you cant open your eyes 
These arms can hold back the night 


Verse Solo  -- Bridge                            

Chorus   Oh oh on eagle wings        oh oh she lives her dreams 
I just want her to feel home


8. let's light

The moon sits bright in your eyes 
My heart is your tide 
Running thru my mind  every outline 
Of your Holy Land 

I just gotta say you make me feel 
Like this is why I was made 
We can sway and we can heal we can turn to face 
All of what we’re afraid 

What I got for you will never run out 
This love knows no drought 

You already got my heart 
Lets light up the dark 

Hold me close I know 
Its ok to relax 
Time slows in your hold 
I want you feeling to the max 

I just gotta say you make me feel 
Like this is why I was made 
We can touch and we can heal we can turn to face 
A beautiful day 

What I got for you I’ll always give 
This love is here to live 


We can explore the boundaries of us 
We can implore a kiss that never stops 
In your arms I want more you’re all I want 
We can soar beyond where hope stops 

What I got for you I volunteer 
This love knows no fear 



9. presence

How do I show you that this love is true                                                
How do I show you what I see when I look at you 
How do I sing the words to this song 
When all I know is it’s the only place I belong 

I can show you how I feel                                                                        
With a life time making it real                                                                 

We can bring love                                                                          
Beyond what we’ve ever known 
As sure as the sky 
I’ll be forever reminded 
That I am in awe                                                                            
In the presence of your heart 

How do I show you what I mean 
When you are all the wildflowers I have ever seen 
How do I know this will last 
Well inside your eyes is more than I could ever understand 

I can show you who I am 
Ive nothing to hide a heart before you stands 


Awe/ heart                                                                                               

How do I give you anything 
You are already every star I have ever seen 
How do I not keep opening 
When there is love that soars beyond every limit of me            




10. flower in the spring

You got roots so deep and wide                                                             
You can stand taller than the sky                                                            
In your smile I live a thousand lives 
Keeping me warm and laughing at time 

You can be it all                                                                                           
Truly you wear the stars in your shawl                                                            

All I ever wanted                                                             
All I ever dreamed                                                                                
Dance around you 
Like a flower in the spring 

Everyday you’re a smile rising 
No matter the weight of breaking horizons 
In your hair I swim like Mother Ganga 
I love being swept away by your mind’s living water 

You can be it all 
To be witnessing fells my walls 


You can score your goals whenever you please                    
Cant be contained even in infinity                                             

You can be it all 
I love all the beauty even in the faults 



11. pastel cascade

Step dust fire blood                                                                
Fallin down your  cheap trust resounds                                 
Sway  cusp ice runs 
Painting every single dream 

Maybe it’s time to light up lilac                                               
Maybe its time you try that why lack 
Slide  thru the cracks                                                      
Pastel cascade 

Breath lust finger brush 
Dripping past the leaves fall tribute 
Pray tall sage the lush 
Every little phrase like the moon is new 

Maybe its time you light up lilac 
Maybe its time you try that syke out 
Slide  thru the cracks                                                       
Write in the wax   oh ooh-oh oh 
Guide your song out 
Thru the voice that cracks                                            
Pastel cascade   oh oh-oh                                               
Pastel cascade 


Reach thru the calling hours                              
Reach thru your wildflowers                               

Scent weep fire sing 
Breaking thru the wall to it all 

Maybe its time to light up             
Slide  thru the cracks 
Write in the wax 
Guide your voice out 
Thru the voice cracks 
Pastel cascade    oh oh-oh oh 
Pastel cascade … 


12. close

Maybe it all means something                                                  

I don’t see you for days and I just wither away 
Try so hard not to feel but feeling grows anyway 
Every time I close my eyes 
Its you 

Your eyes keep me enchanted I could live right there 
Years and years go by felt like a minute stare 
Every time I close my eyes 
Its you 

Maybe it all means something (2x) 
So close      one touch I wish we’d share                                                        
So close     my love is with you longer than the stars will fare

I could hold your hand weak as I am I could hold you up 
We could take a ride and I could ever ever be filled up 
Every word I say 
Is you 

The way you talk I could listen til the sun gives out 
Hear all your stories again and again theyd never be worn out 
Every time you speak 
I bloom 


Ooh ooh  Im not scared at all                                                                  
Whatever comes we can walk thru walls 
Ooh ooh I can bear it all 
Ill walk with you whenever you call                                                     


So close   one touch beyond compare 
So close   this love is your no doubt no fear 


13. nowhere

From the mud of the Cuyahoga          Built up what I could                                      
Drew hearts on the brick streets         Sang from my blood                           

Encouraged everybody                        In the beauty of their own light 
Talked about Big Love                          Danced thru the night 

Oh oh oh (2x)                                                                                    
Maybe I don’t   Maybe I don’t   Maybe I don’t                    
Belong here 

Drove out my tires                               From town to town to town 
Singing about the goodness                That’s got to come around 

Opened up to wisdom                         Thru many a face 
The thing with smiles                           They always fade 


Took my feet up the mountain           Sat with the pines and the rocks 
The stream is always running              And singing a song 

Eyes are always shining                       Then turning away 
I could see forever                                But nothing stays 


Closed my eyes and chanted               The name that I love 
When the sound was over                   I still was not home 


Shaila Lyrics 

Antelope Flats 

Sea of green sage far as I can see far as I can dream 
Accents in between yellow blossoms silent subtlety 
Oh my eyes cannot behold the scope
Oh my life is a bouquet by the road 

Cottonwood aspen & pines in sacred lines dance to a beat of time 
Tall as they can be their tales are told as the birds sing 
Oh my heart is the downbeat 
Oh my mind is never gonna leave 

Chorus: Just like the field where roam the buffalo 
        I will graze through your love til it’s all I know 
        Til I’m home I’m home 
        Like a river flows down from you – never-ending truth 

Seat of wild grace coyote face in stillness what is want 
Clouds begin to paint on canvas blue a portrait of you 
Oh my life is a cloud you could say 
Oh why do I forget it’s play 


Prostrate to the mountain high 
Embrace the herd like a child 
Clearing through the sage 
Feeling One and the same 

Oh my mind is bathed in the breeze 



Coyote & Badger  

Maybe I’ve been misleading a time or two  
Maybe my plans are fleeting  
Maybe I’m lazy well these are lazy days  
Maybe I’ve been waiting for you  

Dusk sets me singing doesn’t it for you  
These days are made for running  
You’re protesting but I see through you  

Chorus: I never meant to trick you, I never meant to trick you  
          But I want you to play  
          I will sing out for you, a story of our truth  
          You know you’re much too serious  
          These days, these days

Sometimes I get carried away it is true  
But you are insane  
Maybe we could work together who knows what we could do  
Maybe we could lie in the flowers with the moon  

Life is for living don’t you see  
Dust is not worth holding  
This breath is for a symphony  


Words that do not rhyme do not equate a lie  
Don’t you see my smile  
Once I tried to fly and fell from a height  
I can no longer see  
But I cannot forget how small things get  
When I look around  
Time will bring change and you will surely break  
If you lose your laugh  

Chorus 2: Let go of supposed to’s, Let go of supposed to’s  
              Don’t hesitate 


Walk Up to the Sky 

It’s hard to believe you can walk up to the sky  
Fields of wildflowers, fields of life  
One foot in front of the other, the path winds  
Birdsong symphonies play like opening night  

I only want to feel the breath of this place  

Chorus: Rising Up, to where there is  
       Only Love, Only Us  
       Rising Up 

It’s hard to believe we were just down below  
I look into existence I barely see a road  
Economy and politics have never made the hike  
I think of my importance but I’m nothing, nothing in sight  

I only want to feel the breath of this place  


There is no direction you can’t see  
On the mountain, mountain of sheep  
Stones, stones and ladybugs  
Million stories of Mother’s touch  




My Himalayas 

Carved out from the dreams that we shared, long ago 
Tall as the hope of man, but stronger 
I feel You calling                
I fall at Your feet 

Your coat of pines and wildflowers, Your tattoos of stone 
Your lakes lay like tears from Your eyes, tears of a Mother 
I feel You calling                
Inside of my sleep 

Chorus: My (my) Himalayas  Oh my (Thy) Love leads the way 

Eagles fly and wolves howl, song of gratitude 
Long as the reach of the kind, but longer 
I feel You calling                
Light washes us clean 


Oh teach me to see                    Oh this in everything 
Oh I seek guidance                     Oh to stand in sacred silence 

I feel You calling                
You are my bones 


From the dust to the ice to the snow to the stone 
From the bloom to the life to the branch to the heart exposed 
From the rain to the clouds to the mud to the season’s glow 
From the rivers rushing down Your face to feed us all 
To feed us all 




Forged in the fire of molten stone  
Caverns of desire this heart was born  
Hewn from the spires that sought to reach higher  

An amplifier formed out of snow and limestone  
Called upon the choir from rocks as it rose  
And it rose up to rewire all that was known before  

Chorus: The center of relation lies at top of Moran  
All my quotations are more stone than man  
Adaptations are reflections as you stand  
This celebration of heart in heartland  
Centered from Moran …  

Jackson Lake sits at your feet  
Still the waves of your devotee  
Covered in clouds or blue sky bound  
You are bound to feel that all that was known still soars  


Sky to shore you are a bridge  
Calling down Mother with Mother’s kiss  
Sky to shore seasons thread  
You say more in words unsaid  



Lupine Meadow 

Sitting on a boulder sprawled out in a meadow 
Placed in this exact spot by ice and tectonic renewal 
Just beyond the pine trees just below the waterfall 
The first place I go in my mind to catch my fall 

Chorus: All of my life is blossom on lupine meadow 
          All of the time what I thought was change was just a shadow 
          Blooming, blooming, blooming 
          Indigo … 

The rushing waters sound even louder than my brain 
My thoughts can really dance but they don’t know my name 
The elk just live here foraging through the afternoon 
How can there be so much space but we never have enough room 

Chorus: All of my life is a blossom on lupine meadow 
               All of the time what I heard was just my echo 
               Blooming, blooming, blooming 
               Indigo … 

Blue sky looking up, Teewonot looking up, Daylight waking up 
That which we express only by breathing 
Blue sky looking up, Tetons looking up, sage shrines taking up 
That which we express only through being 
Blue sky looking up, Teewonot looking up, My mind looking up, My lines meeting up 
Bear kind gracing us, One life embracing us, One light meeting up, One light 




Wide open space  
Snow barely stays away  
You could touch the Breccia peaks  
Hands in the sky, the sky in your feet  

Chorus: O Togwotee …  

One curve and your lost  
Keep a close eye on your thoughts  
But if you want to roam  
Set your feet to go, go, go!  


If I think of Heaven  
It is in this meadow  
You could touch time  
Loose your feet, lose your mind  


Oh oh …


Dances & Moves  

She dances & moves in time as time  
She kicks and grooves a tango sublime  
Was there always song or is She Melody  
Is Her breath the heartbeat of all things  

She dances from the ice and rock that touches the clouds  
A wild deluge she carves Her steps out  

She dances and moves in time as time she’s a wild deluge  
She dances and spins born of ice bet Her heart is burning  
Born of ice but Her heart is still burning  

She glances at you through leaves and bark and dew  
She is standing still Her silence is renewal  
Is there any light between Her and green  
Between Her darkness and spring  
Between a flower and Being  

She dances and moves in time as time a wild deluge… 


Om Devi 

Om Devi Shailaputryai Namaha  

Chorus: Jai Ma, Jai Jai Ma  

Om Devi Shailaputryai Namaha  


Om Devi Shailaputryai Namaha 



Oh-oh oh …  

Afremov sun waking  
Shades of purple, pink and gold flaking remaking  
Every canvas from stone to sage  
Silver mist dilating aching  
Laying on the ground like a lover in waiting  
From tongue to tongue lost in translating  

And Dawn swells 
Like the dance that 
Created the world  

Chorus: oh oh-oh-oh mother is waking up 
oh oh-oh-oh some days I'm just a cub 
oh oh-oh-oh mother is waking up 
oh oh-oh-oh today is looking up  

Wide open spaces, ageless  
Streams like vivacious shoelaces  
Flower after flower blooms as I say it's name  
We walk out paces, faces lit up  

The land embraces and traces our trust  
And in the end, we're just bears in a poem about love  

And Dawn swells  
As the dance that  
Created the world  


The song of the free  
Awaken evergreen  
You contravene  
But I see the mystery  

Oh …  



Pacific Creek 

Maybe it’s the Grizzly roaming the hills 
Maybe it’s the feeling the forest fulfills 
Ever-changing clouds there’s winter on the wind 
Never mind the season the ancient dawns again 

I am drawn to the flowers, a rainbow underfoot 
The meadow showers in every color it could 

Chorus: Pacific creek         Oh I dream like your waters flow 
        Pacific creek   You speak in the tongue of ancient stones 
        I believe you’re beyond the reach of time 

Maybe it’s Two Ocean with Her willowed shore 
Maybe it’s the feeling you’re looking behind the door 
Verdant forest full and whispering 
Climb to the ridge for the mountain offering 

I am drawn to the sage, wisdom fields renew 
Fragrant cleansing I know where Truth grows 


From Grand View the only hue is Mother’s face 
Tetons stretch and soothe with prostrate Jackson Lake 
All I seek are whispers from eternity 

Verso Solo 

I am drawn to the wolves, howling at my back 
Every song is prayer, everyone’s in the pack 



Everything comes together  
Where the river bends  
Echoes of lifetimes like shadows on water  
Mountain is silent playful daughter  

Chorus: Great circle of life keep on spinning  
              Whatever the page it's still beginning  
              I lay down my bones, will I ever let go  
             She says follow Me if you wanna know  

Four-legged nation's, with wing and in water  
Life is abundant, why do you doubt you are  

Chorus 2: Great circle of life keep on spinning  
                 Whatever the page there is no ending  
                 The water flows, am I a stone  
                 She says you're the one thing needed most  

I want to show you, but you must want to move  
I flow a million Niles, you're made of sky but you speak denials  

Everything comes together  

Where the river bends  

Chorus 1  

She says come with Me you already know  

… outro … 


Small Still Flame  

Not lost     nor do I wander  
Lands crossed  map surrendered  
I am a pilgrim (3x)  
Making my way through the temple of your heart  

Sacred drum   eastern light  
Voices sound  somewhere deep inside  
I am a pilgrim (3x)  
Making my way through your words to your heart  

Heart …  

Fairly tales   flowers in the moon  
Cedar smoke  dancing residues  
I am a pilgrim (3x)  
Making my way through the painting to the very spark  

Spark …  

The land doesn’t change   any more  
I am not the same a new wave  upon the shore  
Song screams and prays  Bloody knees these days  
Land of dreams   land of today  
Will I reach  that small still flame  

Not lost   the wild is lover  
Paths crossed  smile ascending  
I am a pilgrim (3x)  
Making my way through the temple of your heart  

Heart …



The Earth, she laughs in flowers  
This meadow is hysterical  
Such joy in every color  
No more monochromatic rule  

Even dandelions being to bear something great  
Words fail, fail to capture the scope this scene elevates  

Oh the mountain shows us 
One look and we all agree 
Time is ever-waiting 
For us to act accordingly  

Chorus: Wide eyes always see 
Blue skies and new meanings 
This height makes it clear 
All that matters is the love we volunteer  

Everyday these wildflowers  
See the world from up here  
Snow capped and distant mountains  
No place, no root for fear  

Oh the mountain shows us 
One look and we all agree 
Time is ever-waiting 
For us to live more compassionately  



Chorus: Wide eyes always see  
                Night sky and the dawning  



Where Such Beauty Resides 

I went searching for true beauty 
I found it in your face 
In the light that inhabits your leaves 
The wings that fill your space 

There is something of magic 
Where such beauty resides 
To stand in witness 
Of where the heart never hides 

Chorus: falling at your feet … 
            Someday I'll grow into me 

Went searching for something 
I could not define 
Was it all caught up in Love 
Was it my last lifeline 

There is something of magic 
Where confusion breaks you down 
The cottonwood is witness 
To the heart that never doubts 


Someday I'll grow beyond a seed 

Generations, ge-generations come to call 
Generations, ge-generations return home 
All my relations, all my relations come to call 
Your face, engrossing face, your face a portrait of the them all 


Someday I'll sing your memories 

There is something of magic, oh ohh          Where such beauty Resides, oh ohh 
Falling at your feet …                                  Someday I'll walk steady 





Shaila Credits 

Produced by Gretchen Pleuss 


Recorded by Jason Chamberlain at Studio 1008, Kenmore, Ohio 


Mixed by Jason Chamberlain, Gretchen Pleuss and Zach 


Mastered by Tommy Wiggins with Tommy’s Tracks, Nashville, Tennessee 


Graphic Design and Art Layout by Kevin Richards with Studio KMR, Akron, Ohio 


Through the Arch: 

Zach: Vox 

Grand Teton Sounds 


Antelope Flats 

Zach: Acoustic guitar, Vox, Electric guitar 

Keys- Piano 

Matthew DeRubertis: Bass 

Gretchen Pleuss: Vox 


Coyote & Badger 

Zach: Acoustic guitar, Vox 

Holbrook Riles III: Drums 

Charlie Trenta: Bass 

Percussion (shaker) 


Walk Up to the Sky 

Zach: Acoustic guitar, Vox, Electric guitar 

Dan Kshywanis: Drums, Percussion 

Matthew DeRubertis: Bass 

Ray Flanagan: Electric guitar 

Gretchen Pleuss: Vox 


My Himalayas 

Zach: Acoustic guitar, Vox, Electric guitar, Keys 

Holbrook Riles III: Drums 

Charlie Trenta: Bass 

Gretchen Pleuss: Keys 



Zach: Acoustic guitar, Vox, Bass, Electric guitar 

Jason Chamberlain: Drums, Percussion 

Ray Flanagan: Electric guitar 


Lupine Meadow 

Zach: Acoustic guitar, Vox, Electric guitar 

Gretchen Pleuss: Vox 



Zach: Acoustic guitar, Vox, Piano 

Holbrook Riles III: Drums 

Charlie Trenta: Bass 

Ray Flanagan: Electric Guitar 

Percussion: Dan Kshywanis 

Osprey in the Grand Teton 


Dances and Sings 

Zach: Acoustic guitar, Vox, Drum, Nature 


The Dawn Within 

Zach: Vox 
Grand Teton Sounds 

Om Devi 

Zach: Acoustic guitar, Vox, Electric guitar, Keys, Orchestration, Drum, Singing Bowls 

Matthew DeRubertis: Bass 

Gretchen Pleuss: Vox 



Zach: Acoustic guitar, Vox, Electric Guitar, Keys 

Holbrook Riles III: Drums 


Pacific Creek 

Zach: Acoustic guitar, Vox, Electric guitar 

Holbrook Riles III: Drums 

Gina Wilson: Cello 

Gretchen Pleuss: Vox 



Zach: Acoustic guitar, Vox, 

Holbrook Riles III: Drums 

Charlie Trenta: Bass 

Ray Flanagan: Electric guitar 


Small Still Flame 

Zach: Acoustic guitar, Vox, Electric guitar, Strings 

Gina Wilson: Cello 



Zach: Acoustic guitar, Vox, Electric guitar, Keys, Strings, Handclaps 

Jason Chamberlain: Percussion 

Matthew DeRubertis: Bass 


Where Such Beauty Resides 

Zach: Acoustic guitar, Vox, Electric guitar, strings 

Gretchen Pleuss: Vox 

Phillip Anderson: Keys 

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Special thanks: Stu Smith, Matt Lerner & the Lerner Family Fund, Lara Wynn, the Portage Path Sierra Club, Thomas Kincaid, Chris Miller, Global Ties Akron, Kevin Richards, Patti Boyd, Benj Sinclair, Vicki Freidhof, Devi Shailaputri - Jai Ma! 

Gratitude: Working with Gretchen and Jason has been the most rewarding recording experience of my career. Gretchen brought so much heart, beauty, and grace, really encouraging the Soul in this music to shine. I cannot speak enough words of her talent and process. It is a truly magical team. 

Om Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu. Peace Shalom Salaam Shanti. Om.