Away To The Mountains

by Jacqueline Cates Johnny Burgess

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Away to the Mountains - Prologue

I have hiked with family and friends on mountain trails in the Cascade Mountain range, and also trails in the Olympic Mountain range. The eternal presence of the sacred seemed to accompany us as we hiked through forests, near mountain lakes and experienced the force of winds on cliffs or above the tree line. These past experiences inspired this song. Johnny and I were still working on this song when our friend Rich past away. Rich was a talented bass player, a chef, and the guy who remembered everyone’s birthday. Rich often spoke fondly of his family, especially his mother, Donna. Johnny asked Donna if we could add this song as a tribute to Rich, to the song list for his memorial. “Away to the Mountains” was performed at Rich’s memorial by Johnny, Rich’s niece Rebecca and nephew Michael.

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I’ll climb trails leading to the sky
Through the forest where winds, whisper and sigh
I’ll hike to the highest mountain streams
Where no one may follow or find me

Away to the mountains is where I’ll be
Do not follow or look for me

I’ll hear an eagles piercing cry
Gaze at clouds ‘till I’m quiet inside
I’ll roam through meadows with the deer
Smell alpine flowers, eat berries there

Away to the mountains is where I’ll be
Do not follow or look for me

I know you love me but I must go
You’re in my heart, this you know
My spirit yearns to fly away
When I find what I seek, home I’ll stay

Above the trees the winds blow wild
With the sacred I’ll stay awhile
My heart will heal, my soul find peace
Embraced by the sacred, fear will cease

Away to the mountains is where I’ll be
Do not follow or look for me

credits

released May 5, 2020
Lyrics and vocals by Jacqueline Cates, Music and backing vocals by Johnny Burgess. All other instruments by Johnny Burgess. Recorded at Cinderblock Studio, Ruston WA 2019-2020. Mastered by Mark Simmons, Pacific Studios, Tacoma WA (via "cloud") Thanks to Dan Hill for the fine photos of Rich and myself. Thanks to Janice Jensen for Jackie's mountain hike photo. .

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Jacqueline Cates Johnny Burgess Tacoma, Washington

From Tacoma WA, Jacqueline & Johnny have collaborated writing songs since 2009. Jacqueline, formerly a technical writer and trainer for Carlson Marketing Inc, began writing lyrics for Johnny's style of music.
Johnny enjoys
composing and arranging the music for Jackie's lyrics.
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