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Tricycle lyric reflections, by Brenda Sauter:

The song gets its name from a percussion instrument and not the religious group or type of furniture. The instrument was concocted by Chris and Rich, and it was simply a small plastic maraca taped to a drum stick. You can hear that it’s prominent throughout most of SHAKER TUNE.

The song’s music was one of the first to emanate from Rich’s new Martin guitar in the early 1980’s, and he wrote some lyrics about his childhood. Coincidentally, the song’s music made me want to write lyrics about childhood. The final lyrics are, once again, reflections on being a kid; and with the exception of “lost tomorrows, childhood is gone in a day”, it’s pretty cheerful and full of memories of playing outdoors.

This song seemed perfect to have as the last track.


No more dark skies
Heaven above in the clouds
Lay down, fall down
Tumble like stones down the hill.
Slumbering in the whispering grass
Mornings so deep that I just
want to lay down and cry
Fall into a pile of leaves
Block out the sun from my eyes.
Whirling, turning
spinning like leaves on the breeze
Friends come follow
never know fear while you’re free
Trees bend near us
We gather their sticks on the way
Lost tomorrows, childhood is gone in a day.
Slip into your favorite shoes
running reckless, stirring up the fields
Through the woods, branches yield
Flying so high, like a dream.


from tricycle (remastered / expanded edition), released April 28, 2023


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