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Beyond the Cedar Moon

by Craig Olson

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Review snippets of Craig Olson's debut album "Beyond the Cedar Moon."

"... a full moon drumming circle jamming with Bruce Hornsby."
- Scott Martin, Pagan Rock on the Web

"... the Don Henley of Pagan Rock."
- Denver Pentagram

"... a must-have for your collections."
- Nora Cedarwind, The Beltane Papers

"...this stuff kicks ass!"
- paid assistant

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released January 15, 1999

All songs written by Craig Olson except "Ave Stella Maris"
by Craig Olson and Joanna Powell Colbert
Craig Olson: guitars, vocals, bass, keyboards, percussion
Julianne Marx: vocals
Michael Macaulay: drums on tracks 1 & 5.
Cover art by Joanna Powell Colbert www.gaiantarot.com

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Craig Olson Bellingham

Beloved folk-rock troubadour on the festival circuit since his debut release "Beyond the Cedar Moon", Craig Olson brings hope, laughter, and a positive perspective on the trials and trails we walk. With 4 CD's, a European tour, and countless shows in the US, his music is at once breathtaking and ordinary. A true mirror of our times. ... more

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Track Name: Spirit of the Eagle
Spirit of the Eagle, the Eagle,
we need your vision now
Spirit of the Eagle, the Eagle,
we need your vision now.

(Chorus)
Hey-ah, Hey-ah, Hey-ah, Hey!

Spirit of Coyote, Coyote
we need your laughter now.
Spirit of Coyote, Coyote
we need your laughter now. (Chorus)

(Bridge)
One for the East. One for the South.
Two for the Earth and Sky.
One for the West. One for the North.
One who can answer why.

Spirit of the salmon, the salmon,
We need your courage now.
Spirit of the salmon, the salmon,
We need your courage now. (Chorus)

Spirit of the Cedar, the Cedar,
we need your wisdom now.
Spirit of the Cedar, the Cedar,
we need your wisdom now. (Chorus)

(Outro summary, vamp and jam)
Spirit of the Eagle,
we need your vision now.
Spirit of Coyote,
we need your laughter now.
Spirit of the Salmon,
we need your courage now.
Spirit of the Cedar
we need your wisdom now.
Track Name: See Her Shining
See Her Shining
A sacred jewel shining through the night
Floating in the sky
the Queen of Heaven
See Her Shining.

See Her Shining,
a Goddess deep within my living soul.
Piercing my heart
the Queen of magic,
See Her Shining.

(Bridge 1)
Take my hand and walk with me,
Through the magick moonlit night.

See Her dancing,
her pulsing rhythm flowing through my veins.
Mother of us all, the Queen of Lovers,
See her dancing.

(Bridge 2)
Touch my face and kiss my lips
We are held in the Moon's embrace.

See Her Shining. See Her Shining! See Her Shining!!.
Track Name: Burning Fire
Burning, Burning Fire
Burning in the darkest night.
Drums pound a trancing rhythm.
Shaking my body tonight.

Feeling the pulsing rhythm,
like a heartbeat, pumping my blood.
Smoke rises all around us,
Like the Goddess of Fire and Mud.

(Bridge)
Circles of dancing Women,
their bodies writhing to the sound of the music.
I lose myself in their movement
and I can't help but feel the fire.

Burning, Burning Fire.
Burning in the darkest night.
Drums pound a trancing rhythm.
(It's) shaking my body tonight.

Circles of dancing Women.
their bodies writhing to the sound of the music.
I lose myself in their movement
and I can't help but feel the fire.
Track Name: Beyond the Cedar Moon
In the seasons of the cedar
as the wheel turns round and round
a quiet voice is calling you
tell me can you hear the sound?
of wind blowing through her branches
or the song of Raven's wing?
But even as they're tumbling down
my heart begins to sing.

(Chorus)
Givers of long life.
Teachers of all that's true.
I hear you calling
Beyond the Cedar Moon.

You can see it in the distance
in shapes both bright and dark.
Where once there stood a cedar tree,
now there's a hole in my heart.
It's the sacred fire of everyone
that's here to lose or gain.
I only hope that we're in time
to save the pieces that remain. (Chorus)

(Bridge)
The Cedar calls us. We must hear
so that rivers and streams can flow clean and clear.
When the trees are cut, fish and waters die.
it can't be sustained and i wonder why
we take what we want and we call it love.
What were we thinking of?

(Instrumental break)
(Chorus)

(Chorus 2)
Givers of long life,
Creatures of green and blue.
I hear you singing
Beyond the cedar Moon.
I hear you calling,
Beyond the Cedar Moon.

I hear you calling.
Cedar Moon.
Track Name: Only Love Remains
There's a stone in my pocket
it's the color of your eyes.
I found it on the beach as I was walking away.

There's a place by the water
where you and I used to go.
We'd roll in each other's arms at the closing of the day.

Hold me. Let me hold you.

(Chorus)
'til the tears are washed away
and Only Love Remains.

There's a stone in my pocket
it reminds me of you
remembering your touch as if it were today.

There's a place by the river
and there's a place in my heart
and you have touched me there more than words can say.

Touch me. Let me touch you (Chorus)

There's a stone in my pocket
and there's a light in your eyes.
You're aching to touch that secret place inside.
I feel your hands upon me,
and I feel the beating of your heart
and there's nowhere else on earth that I'd rather be that right here with you tonight. Ooh yeah!

Love me. Let me love you. (Chorus)

Only Love Remains.
Only Love Remains.
Track Name: Circle Song
Spirits of the East
join our Circle tonight
move your unseen essence over and through us
Spirits of the East
guard our Circle tonight
may your hope and intuition renew us.

(Chorus)
Hey-oh, Hey-oh, Hey-oh.

Spirits of the South
join our Circle tonight
Move your fiery essence over and through us
Spirits of the South
guard our Circle tonight
may your fiery passion strengthen and renew us
(Chorus)

Spirits of the West
join our Circle tonight
move your liquid essence over and through us
Spirits of the West
guard our Circle tonight
may your deep emotions wash and renew us
(Chorus)

Spirits of the North
guard our Circle tonight
move your earthly essence over and through us
Spirits of the North
join our Circle to night
may the body and the stones renew us
(Chorus)
Track Name: Love Has Set Us Free
Do you know it? Can you feel it?
Do you wonder, don't you wonder why?
We can do it. We can be it.
We can let our true colors fly.

In your eyes I see the beauty of this world
and in your hands you hold the key
In your arms I feel
the love that binds us together
and I'm so glad you're here with me
Love Has Set us Free.
Track Name: The Wheel
Looking into your eyes I see
the magic shining
it seems I've known you before.

The Wheel is turning around and round
The Wheel keeps spinning 'til we all fall down.

Looking into your heart I feel
the magic shining
it seems I've loved you before (chorus)

Looking into your soul I feel
the magic shining
it seems I've held your heart before (chorus)
Track Name: Sailing Away
If there's one thing I know, that I can hold onto
it's that only love will survive
ain't no use in pretending that nithin is wrong
cause sooner or later you open your eyes, and go

Sailing, Sailing Away.

you know I love you, I've told you before
but I'll tell you again, to be sure that you know
your love is like a sacred fire inside me
shining through the darkness here below (chorus)
Track Name: Touch Me There
In your eyes and through your body
I would love to get lost in you
as your hands touch me softly
take me deep and high as the moon.
Track Name: Maybe With You
Hey-oh Sister, can you feel
the magic of the turning wheel
hey-oh Brother do you know
Love is how we make the circle grow

There's a place where we can go
and we can stay there all night long
just me and you and a couple of friends and
firely passion deep and strong
Maybe with you, baby with you.

Do you know this feeling so strong in my heart
can you feel that together is where we end and start
though the wheel is never-ending
our days are all too few
so do you mind if I'm falling
in love with you?
Track Name: Ave Stella Maris
Lady of the shimmering water
Star of ocean, evening's jewel
Blessed Maiden of the twilight
Hail, Star of the Sea!

Thou, our Queen of home and harbor
Lady of the raging storm
Hear us now, we seek Thy shelter
Call us home to Thee.

Ave Stella Maris, Stella Maris, come to me!
Ave Stella Maris, Stella Maris, Blessed Be!

Dancing on the shoreline we are watching you
Singing as the sun begins to fall
Shining on the waters, you are beautiful
We must have courage to answer when you call
And you are calling!

Ave Stella Maris, Stella Maris, come to me!
Ave Stella Maris, Stella Maris, Blessed Be!