Under The Oak In May

from by Karla Kane

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I do most of my songwriting under a beloved oak tree in my backyard. This is another song about time seeming to pass too quickly, filtered through the style of an old folk song/fairy tale.The idea that falling asleep under an oak tree in the month of May leads to a disturbance in the normal passing of time/interference by the world of fairies came to me from a book about English folklore. The bird sounds were recorded by Richard Youell in England. Really, though, it speaks to how quickly human lifetimes pass before our eyes in a blink.

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If you sleep under the oak in May
take care, you may be spirited away
seasons pass in just a day
under the oak in May

A maiden under the oak did lay
When she awoke her hair was gray
Flesh to bone, become a crone
under the oak in May

Earth keeps spinning
Births, beginnings
What's the same, what has changed?

Midwife eye sees
Midlife crises
Some familiar, some strange

If you sleep under the oak in May
take care, you may be spirited away
seasons pass in just a day
under the oak in May

credits

from King's Daughters Home For Incurables, released October 6, 2017
Karla Kane: vocals, ukulele
Khoi Huynh: guitar, piano
Richard Youell: dawn chorus

Illustration by J.R. and Ted Kinyak

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