Culpeper Tavern

Words and Music by Raccoon

as recorded on Rainbow Warrior

 

 

I saw an old friend at the Culpeper Tavern

We drank some wine and we had a good time

We traded stories like any good travelers

But stories of truth was all we could find

 

I told him of the way that I’ve searched for God’s valley

Ever to wander – never to find

Then he told me of a place where an old white-haired man lived

Fishin' the rivers and casting the sea

That’s just what I need

 

By seven a.m. I was saddled and traveling

Riding for the valley on the words of my friend

I rode for three days till I came to the tall trees

I found a sign that said this is the boundaries of man

 

I rode one more day till I came to big mountain

I climbed to the top and there did I stand

That evening the rain came riding the thunder

The winds played a song till the first grey of dawn

I had to hang on

 

In the morning the birds came dancin' and singin'

Leading me the way to the valley below

I let my horse go

 

I found the old man – He was down by the river

With an eagle on his shoulder and a line in his hand

We traded stories like any good travelers

But mostly we spoke by moving our hands

 

He found his wife on the raging grey river

He gave her his love – She gave him her hand

They had ten children – The eldest a daughter

Who spoke to the deer by moving her hands – Understand

 

I saw an old friend at the Culpeper Tavern

We drank some wine and we had a good time

We traded stories like any good travelers

But stories of truth was all we could find