The Night Sky

“I was inspired to write this song after camping at Arches National Park in southeastern Utah, which now suffers light glow from the light polluting the nearby town of Moab,” Erskine relates. Though greatly cleaned up, a few parts of the lead vocal come from the original 1988 demo recording of this song. Erskine says he “wanted to capture the sense of wonder we all share looking up and into the cosmos.”


words and music by Tim Erskine

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The Milky Way glows like the whitest satin sash
against the blackest cloth
The dipper spoons out love on you
and fills your heart ’till all your cares are lostAndromeda reaches out to touch your forehead
bends down to kiss your eyes
The North Star is always there for your confessions
to tell you it’s all rightYou can hide away within your mansion
and hoard what you think you’ll bring along when you die
You can have your piece of the action
I’ll just take a piece of the skyThe night sky
The night skyLong ago I’d lay in fields of grass, alone
beneath the dome of stars
and I’d wonder how to show the world
the peace I found at night in my back yard

A few long years of knocks have done their best
to make me put those dreams away
but everyone finds happiness, joy and hope and love
in their own way

So lock yourself away within your mansion
and hoard what you think you’ll bring along when you die
You can have your piece of the action
I’ll just take a piece of the sky

The night sky
The night sky

T.E. – Acoustic Guitar, Synthesizer and Vocals
Michael Dowdle – Electric and Classical Guitar
Vince Frates – Piano
Gregg Bissonette – Drums
Matt Bissonette – Bass
Kelly Wallis – Percussion
Kelly Eisenhour – Backup Vocals