EVENING STAR AT COOPER'S CROSSING

1. Over all the cooling sand,
the darkening blanket falls,
and just beyond the Coolibahs
I see the evening star - I see the evening star.

2. Nothing breathes to move a leaf,
and silence like a load.
no insect wing to tremble air,
but still the evening star - but still the evening star.

3. Furnace-hot, each midday taunts
and lies with mirage haze,
but twilight brings its truthfulness,
the lovely evening star - the lovely evening star.

4. Burke and Wills lie sleeping here,
the sands and stones their bed,
where all the world has lost its breath
except the evening star - except the evening star.

5. Jesus, when we lose our way
and silence taunts us through
our parched and burning emptiness -
please be our evening star - please be our evening star.


1983. Another of Aub Podlich's lovely poems. The melody is actually a very simple tune, and could easily be an Australian-Irish melody. The song was transformed for me when Gerard Holmes, keyboard player and songwriter with an angelic voice, did a very different treatment of it in preparation for recording the collection of songs that became RECONNECT US. With Doug Petherick doing his usual great bass work, & some inspired lead guitar from Rick Nankivell, the song became a strong finish for the collection.


 

Thanks ...

Last Monday, November 19, I got back home after a 4 week trip, mostly in Queensland.Only possible because of
Ray Shillabeer.
He's been my driver for the past 7½ years, for trips to Victoria, ACT, NSW and Queensland. He likes to label himself as 'Ray the Roadie', but he's a lot more than that. For the churches & schools I've sung at, we both set up the sound gear - the amps, guitars et al. He then retires to a back seat, while I sing & play. Afterwards, at schools, we take the gear down together. But at churches, he looks after the gear, while I talk with people & sell CDs & books. We get to stay with people most places , & we both love meeting people, enjoying their terrific hospitality.
This trip was his swan-song. I know he's enjoyed the driving & meeting people, but I still don't know how to say thank you. In his modest, self deprecating way, he'd reject the label of 'Servant of Christ', but he's been that for me, & together we've been able to serve people in many places.

THANKS, RAY!!