Gordon Thomas Ward

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Sky

Talent

Gordon Thomas Ward on lead and harmony vocals, and 8-string chromatic bass walkabout dulcimer. My friend Maggie Fischer added her beautiful lead and harmony vocals to this track.

Background & Inspiration

I wrote this song in 45 minutes while on a run in May of 2013. This is another song that felt as if someone else was writing through me. The whole song just appeared out of nowhere in this Appalachian spiritual style. I’m referring to heaven when I mention “sky” and “love,” but I suppose they could represent whatever or whoever you’d like. The instrument I’m playing was custom-built for me by Kevin Jones, owner of the Olympia Dulcimer Company. The walkabout is basically a dulcimer that has been turned on its side and redesigned to have a neck, body, and a chromatic fingerboard (optional). You end up getting a dulcimer sound out of an instrument that plays like a guitar or mandolin. I’m very pleased with the blending of the instrument’s sound with our voices on this track. Maggie Fischer takes the lead vocal on the bridge. The end chord was accomplished by Eric Troyer by recording and then reversing the sound of a walkabout strum blended with some strings.

Lyrics

Beautiful sky, sky, wonderous sky, 

I hear you calling to me.

Beautiful sky, sky, wonderous sky, 

you hear me calling to thee.

 

Beautiful child, child, wonderous child, 

calling you back home to me.

Beautiful child, child, wonderous child, 

calling me back home to thee.

 

When the day is done and our journey’s been run 

and the twilight looms low in the west

We lift our eyes and homeward we spy where 

the weary find comfort and rest.

 

Beautiful Love, Love, wonderous Love, 

wrapped in your arms I will be.

Beautiful Love, Love, wonderous Love, 

wrapped in my arms you will be.

Wrapped in my arms you will be.

Beautiful sky, sky, wondrous sky, 

I hear you calling to me.