Flight of the Swans

by Chris Chambers

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A co-write with my wife Ruth. Flocks of Bewicks swans fly 4000 miles from the far north of Russia to spend the winter in the Severn Valley in the UK. This is their story.



Leaving behind the wetlands of summer
Land of the midnight sun
Fleeing the icy talons of winter
Fleeing the cold to come

Where there was green will be desolation
Now is the time to fly
Darkness is coming, creeping behind us
Take to the morning sky

1000 miles, we’re over the tundra
3000 miles to go
Wind is against us, we are exhausted
Still a long way to go

First we were 40, then we were sixty
Now we’re 200 strong
Follow me closely, keep us together
Safely where we belong

Over the lakes and follow the shoreline
West to the twilight glow
3000 miles, we’re over the low lands
1000 miles to go

We know our way home
We know our way home
We know our way home

Now is the time for crossing the water
Now is the time to go
Breeze is behind us, carry me over
Feels like we’re coming home

4000 miles and my heart is beating
200 miles to go
Over the marshes, over the city
Follow the river home

Over the hills and down to the wetlands
Down to the fields of home
Hundreds are with us and waiting there for us
Safe in the fields of home

We know our way home
We know our way home
We know our way home


released March 30, 2021
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Chris Chambers Leicestershire, UK

Singer / songwriter, indie musician
Songs of love, life and landscape, featuring
Mandolin, dobro, acoustic, electric and lap steel guitar.

Based in Leicestershire, England
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