Devil’s Lake

Music and lyrics by Claudia Anderson

A memory of moving when I was a child
Confusion and loneliness
I was lost and beguiled
So sad to leave all of our history behind
Our grandmas and grandpas
And all that’s familiar and kind
My family moved to a bright yellow home
But the dream was deferred
And we stayed for a while in a cabin on loan
I’m six and I go to my school all alone
I don’t know the way
I’m six, I‘m not full grown

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I should die before I wake
I pray the Lord my soul to take

At the end of the day I can’t make a mistake
It’s hard to find the bus
To take me back to the woods on Devil’s Lake
And though no one knows my name
I walk the winding paths
At home I am silent, oh

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I should die

Many moves later in my home late at night
I wake up in terror, I’m falling
And nothing seems right
And the years disappear and I’m once again six
Lost in the woods praying
Go this way or that way
Still missing a something
A house, a lake, a fairy tale home

Now I lay me down
I pray I can sleep

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