Topophilia

from A Woman's Way by Crosscurrents Music

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about

With love to Gros Morne and Ferry Gulch, Newfoundland, August 10, 1986.

At the root of every long-distance relationship is the love of the road, or a love of place. There's a word for it: topophilia. All traveling women have it.

lyrics

Did you ever write a love song to a landscape?
Send a sonnet to a swiftly setting sun?
Have you fished in rushing rivers 'til you shiver
Or worked in watercolors just for fun?

If you're crazy 'bout the land
There's someone who'll understand
There's a word for what you're feeling through and through
If you've wondered what to say
When they look at you that way
Just smile a great big smile and say
That you've got

CHORUS: Topophilia! Topophilia!
You've got to tell the world that you're in love
That's Topophilia! Topophilia!
with a very special place you're thinking of.

When you're hiking through the hills and hear your heartbeat
Up its tempo with each look around the bend
When your paddle stills the pond to painted silence
And you hold your breath for fear the world would end

There's a word that can express that certain surge of happiness
That being where you love to be can bring
And I'm here to tell you true, 'cause I know, I've felt it too
And when I do, I open up and sing that I've got

Topophilia! Topophilia! I've got to tell the world that I'm in love
That's Topophilia! Topophilia! with a very special place I'm thinking of.

Now, whether it's a place or special person
Relationships are never easy stuff
You've got to learn to show them how you're feeling
And listen when they say they've had enough

Now you might be feeling blue like true lovers often do
Or shy to share your sentiments out loud
But we can make a start if we say it from the heart
And sing out all together that we're proud that we've got

Topophilia! Topophilia! We've got to tell the world that we're in love
That's Topophilia! Topophilia! with a very special place we're thinking of.

Yes, I said
Topophilia! Topophilia! We've got to show the world that we're in love
That's Topophilia! Topophilia! with all the special places that we love.

credits

from A Woman's Way, released May 18, 2018
© 1987 Crosscurrents Music. Mark Fulton, Rebecca Lee, and Kevin Clark, harmony vocals. John Kraniak, guitar.

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Crosscurrents Music Boston, Massachusetts

Lynn Noel brings traditional song and heritage arts online to create digital community. Lynn has a voice of striking clarity and power, equally at home in rhythmic chanteys and flowing ballads.

Lynn is a respected song session leader on both sides of the Atlantic and the producer and host of the Mermaid's Tavern online folk club. She has earned awards from the IUCN, NRCA, and CDSS.
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