The Thirty Words For Snow

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When you live up near the Arctic Circle amidst so much snow and ice, familiarity breeds vocabulary--in Finnish, for example, there are over 40 words for different types of snow. But sometimes you’re tongue-tied. Sometimes you only have one word for snow.

Global climate change will eventually render this metaphor into science fiction.

from the album "Deceptively True:" truemargrit.bandcamp.com/album/deceptively-true

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lyrics:
in northern lands you gotta know
the thirty words for snow
sometimes it melts away so fast
when you want to last

softly how it lies on the earth
in helpless surrender

but don’t curse the sun
the spring made it show
you only have one word for snow

it’s up to you to conjure clouds
and coax their treasure down
every storm that never falls
would come if you could call

softly whisper an imperfect name
never are there two the same

but don’t curse the sun
the spring made it show
you only have one word for snow

you will walk through desert heat
never will you see
that exact splintered light
over fields of white

softy how you lay entwined
with a season so rare to find

but don’t curse the sun
the spring made it show
you only have one word for snow
one word for snow

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from 50​,​000 Words For Snow, track released November 11, 2011
piano, keyboards and voice: Margrit Eichler
written by Margrit Eichler ©2011 You Djinni Us Songs, BMI

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