GENTLE ARMS OF EDEN

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GENTLE ARMS OF EDEN

 

“Gentle Arms Of Eden” is a song written and performed by Dave Carter. He was an American folk singer-songwriter who described his style as “post-modern mythic American folk music.” He was one half of the duo Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, who were heralded as the new “voice of modern folk music” in the months before Carter’s unexpected death in July 2002. They were ranked as number one on the year-end list for “Top Artists” on the Folk Music Radio Airplay Chart for 2001 and 2002, and their popularity has endured in the years following Carter’s death. Joan Baez who went on tour with the duo in 2002 spoke of Carter’s songs in the same terms that she once used to promote a young Bob Dylan: “There is a special gift for writing songs that are available to other people, and Dave’s songs are very available to me. It’s a kind of genius, you know, and Dylan has the biggest case of it. But I hear it in Dave’s songs, too”.

“Gentle Arms of Eden”, was added to the hymnal in at least one Unitarian Universalist congregation. More of Carter’s songs were recorded by Tracy Grammer on her 2005 album Flower of Avalon.

 

On a sleepy endless ocean when the world lay in a dream

There was rhythm in the splash and roll, but not a voice to sing

So the moon shone on the breakers and the morning warmed the waves

Till a single cell did jump and hum for joy as though to say

 

This is my home, this is my only home

This is the only sacred ground that i have ever known

And should i stray in th dark night alone

Rock me goddess in the gentle arms of eden

 

Then the day shone bright and rounder til the one turned into two

And the two into ten thousand things, and old things into new

And on some virgin beach head one lonesome critter crawled

And he looked about and shouted out in his most astonished drawl

 

This is my home …

 

Then all the sky was buzzin and the ground was carpet green

And the wary children of the wood went dancin in between

And the people sang rejoicing when the field was glad with grain

This song of celebration from their cities on the plain

 

This is my home …

 

Now there’s smoke across the harbor, and there’s factories on the shore

And the world is ill with greed and will and enterprise of war

But i will lay my burden in the cradle of your grace

And the shining beaches of your love and the sea of your embrace

 

This is my home …