Ode To Black Elk

Story Behind The Song

I was on a week long bike ride in Eastern Oregon when the 9/11 attacks occurred. There were 2000 riders and we had no access to television and no accurate picture of what happened. It was a surreal experience but all we could do was pack up our tents and

Song Description

The song addresses the hopelessness and loss of faith that occurs after such an unthinkable tragedy but moves into the belief that all things do ultimately turn around and people move forward in spite of their losses and pain.

Song Length 4:35 Genre Folk - Contemporary, Folk - General
Tempo Medium Slow (91 - 110) Lead Vocal Female Vocal
Mood Poignant, Moving Subject Karma, Justice
Language English Era 2000 and later

Lyrics

There is no justice for the weary
And no fortune for the brave
No forgiveness for the guilty
No message from beyond the grave

There's no forever or tomorrow
Or ever after to ease the pain
No plain and simple truth to guide you
Safe and warm through the bloody rain

(chorus)
But if the power of the world
Always works in circles
And the rivers ever run into the sea

I guess I'll have to trust the sun
And wait on the moon to rise
And hope that you'll come running back to me


There's no transcendence in mere survival
No hallowed visions of days to come
No path of glory paved with diamonds
For every seeker
Not just for some

There is no shelter for the wounded
No holy manger in which to lay
No star to guide us through the darkness
And light our paths along the way

(chorus)
But if the power of the world
Always works in circles
And the rivers ever run into the sea

I guess I'll have to trust the sun
And wait on the moon to rise
And hope that you'll come running back to me

Lyrics Shelly Lecher Music Shelly Lecher
Producer Shelly Lecher Performance Shelly Lecher

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