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Sweet Air

from The Prettiest Bird by Susan Pepper

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Drawing inspiration from the Shape Note singing tradition, this is a prayer for clean air—sweet air—that will sustain us for generations to come.


Snow gleams over mountain streams
I breathe deep and I know peace in the wood

I breathe deep
I breathe deep
I sing—sweet air
That renews you and me

You walk in the garden lane
Ripe rose hips light the way
Humming bird suckles the breeze
You sip nectar from the trees

You breathe deep…etc.

We plunge into rippling waters
They carress and flood our skin
We’re consumed by this overwhelming gem

We breathe deep…etc.

Let it be that the generations will see
The cleansing power of the land
And the sun and the moon
Which grip us by both hands

We breathe deep…etc.


from The Prettiest Bird, released October 3, 2020
voice: Susan Pepper
(c) Susan Pepper/ ASCAP Anna Blue Music


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Susan Pepper North Carolina

Susan Pepper is a grassroots musician, performer and educator dedicated to sharing heartfelt songs old and new and building community through song. She performs unaccompanied ballads as well as songs with banjo, dulcimer and guitar. Her repertoire is informed by her older mountain musician mentors. Her compositions draw inspiration from old music, stories of individuals, nature and the sacred. ... more

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