The Sheaves
Poem by Edwin Arlington Robinson
Music by Tom Chapin
2009 The Last Music Co. (ASCAP)

Where long the shadows
Of the wind had rolled,
Green wheat was yielding
To the change assigned;
As if by some vast magic undivined
The world was turning slowly into gold.

Like nothing that was ever bought or sold
It waited there, the body and the mind;
And with a mighty meaning of a kind
That tells the more the more it is not told.

So in a land where all days are not fair,
Fair days went on till on another day
A thousand golden sheaves were lying there,
Shining and still, but not for long to stay.

As if a thousand girls with golden hair
Might rise from where they slept and go away.


This song appears on Tom Chapin's Let The Bad Times Roll CD.

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