Walking Lightly (demo)

by Elyse Miller

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The story in this song is based on real people in my life. I wanted to honor my parents and thank them for the things they have taught me. If I have children someday, I want them to have all the beautiful things in the world and never to have to worry about an polluted air, unemployment, war, or food shortages.

Walking lightly, to me, means using only what you need because you respect the needs of others. It means cleaning up after yourself. It means teaching your kids to consider other people. Pay it forward and pass it on.

I'm going into the studio to record this song in honor of Earth Day.

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"Walking Lightly"
by Elyse Miller

My momma feels the breath of the seasons
Each little bud of spring, it's like she reads them
Buzzing bees and big shade trees, dragonflies and long-neck geese
She tells me we're all tied and how we need them

She took me to the heart of the forest
Showed me secret redwoods where the birds nest
And I said, Momma, whatcha doin'
Dancin' softly through the trees?
She said, I'm walking lightly

I'm walking lightly so others may walk here
I'm letting in the love of the sunshine
Planting daisies as I go, so someday, Dear, I hope
Your walk will be as beautiful as mine

She didn't tell me not to run or shout there
She didn't soap my mouth or hold my tongue
She just glowed with the life all around us
And taught me how to love
And taught me how to love

My daddy loves the late afternoon shadows
Painting cowboy colors as the sun goes
Gliding through the evening still, laughing with the whippoorwill
And in my thoughts his wisdom flows

He took me to a lightning-hollowed giant
Inside it the entire world was quiet
Blackened bark didn't care, it had a reason to be there
Taught me the value of silence

He took me to the beach in my Sunday best
We swam in the ocean fully dressed
And I said, Daddy, whatcha doin'
Singin' songs out to the sea?
He said I'm walking lightly

I'm walking lightly so others may walk here
I'm letting in the love of the sunshine
Planting daisies as I go, so someday, Dear, I hope
Your walk will be as beautiful as mine

Wandered south and found myself in love
Awake in all the riches I'd been dreaming of
We made bonds beyond all time with atoms thrilled to reunite
I'm free again and walk on light

I took him for a picnic on the lake
We made all the love that we could make
He said, Honey whatcha doin'
With your arms around that tree?
I said, I'm walking lightly

I'm walking lightly for those who haven't come yet
I'm walking lightly for those who went before
I'm walking lightly so they too can see this sacred place
We'll gift it to the ones who will be born

We went back home and made a little one
And all together we went walking many times under the sun
Sip of honey and bide my time, wouldn't trade it for a dime
It's all yours and it's all mine, help it grow and walk on light

He took our babe to the waterfallWhere we drank in the wonder years before
She said, Papa whatcha doin'
Singin' wishes on the breeze?
He said, I'm walking lightly

I'm walking lightly so others may walk here
I'm letting in the love of the sunshine
Planting daisies as I go, so someday, Dear, I hope
Your walk will be as beautiful as mine
Your walk will be as beautiful as mine
Your walk will be as beautiful as mine
Your walk will be as beautiful as mine

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released April 22, 2013

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Elyse Miller Los Angeles, California

Elyse Miller has played alongside world class artists like nine-time Grammy Award winner, Asleep at the Wheel, folk legend John Gorka, and the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Her voice has been described as "soulful, rich, warm," "beautifully haunting," and "like butter." With "whip-smart lyrics” and "a playful sense of humor," her striking melodies stay with you well past the last listen. ... more

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