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Judy, and two songs for the cold time, just because . . .

The Blizzard

Colorado, Colorado
When the world leaves you shivering
And the blizzard blows

When the snow flies and the night falls
There’s a light in the window
And a place called home at the end of the storm

One night on the mountain, I was headed for Estes
When the roads turned to ice and it started to snow
Put on the chains in a whirl of white powder
Half way up to Berthoud, near a diner I know

And the light burned inside, shining down through the snowfall
God, it was cold and the temperature droppin’
Went in for coffee and shivered as I drank it
Warm in my hands in the steam as it rose

Sitting there at the counter was a dark headed stranger
Me and the owner and him, keepin’ warm
Nodded, Hello and I said, It’s a cold one
Looks like there might be a blizzard tonight

And “Yes”, said the owner”, there’s a big storm on the mountain
Good thing, we’re open, we could be here for hours
There’s nothing for miles and it’s too late to get to Denver
Better not try for the summit tonight”

And the snow fell
And the night passed
And I talked to the strangers
While the blizzard blew

Me and the stranger, you know I don’t talk to strangers
I’m a private sort of person but a blizzard is a blizzard
And somehow I found myself saying you’d left me
Tellin’ him everything I wanted to say to you

You know how it is when you can talk to a stranger
Someone you’re quite sure you’ll never see again
Soon we were talkin’ and laughin’ and drinkin’
He said, “You must know, you’re too good for him”

And the snow fell
And the night passed
And I talked to the stranger
While the blizzard blew

The stranger said, “Love, it can cry you a river
Me, I’m a loner ’cause I can’t take the heartache
Sometimes I’m a fighter, when I get too much whiskey
Here have a whiskey, pretend you don’t give a damn

My cabin’s up here on the side of the mountain
You can go up there and sleep through the blizzard”
I put on my parka, said goodbye to the owner
Followed the stranger through the snow up the mountainside

Woke in the morning to the sun on the snow
My car was buried in six feet of snow drift
They dug me out, just the owner and the stranger
Sent me on my way when the snowplow had been by

And the roads were all clear, the sun on the mountains
Sparkled like diamonds on the peak to peak highway
Then I knew that I would get over you, knew you could leave me
But you’d never break me

Colorado, Colorado
When the world leaves you shivering
And the blizzard blows

When the snow flies and the night falls
There’s a light in the window and a place called home
At the end of the storm

The Fallow Way

I’ll learn to love the fallow way
When winter draws the valley down
And stills the rivers in the storm
And freezes all the little brooks

Time when our steps slow to the song
Of falling flakes and crackling flames
When silver stars are high and still
Deep in the velvet of the sky

The crystal times, the silence times
I’ll learn to love their quiet breath
While deep beneath the glistening snow
The black earth dreams of violets
I’ll learn to love the fallow time

I’ll learn to love the fallow way
When all my colors fade to white
And flying birds fold back their wings
Upon my anxious wanderings

The sun has slanted all her rays
Across the vast and harvest plain
My memories mingle in the dawn
I dream of joyful vagabonds

The crystal times, the silence times
I’ll learn to love their quietness
While deep beneath the glistening snow
The black earth dreams in of violets
I’ll learn to love the fallow times

No drummer comes across the plain
To tell of triumph or of pain
No word of far off battle’s cry
To draw me out or draw me nigh

I’ll learn to love the fallow way
And gather in the patient fruits
And after autumns blaze and burn
I’ll know the feel of still, deep roots

But nothing seem to do or need
That crack the ice in frozen ponds
And slumbering in winter’s folds
Have dreams of green and blue and gold

I’ll learn to love the fallow way
And listen for the blossoming
Of my own heart once more in spring

As sure as time, as sure as snow
As sure as moonlight and the stars
The fallow time will fall away
The sun will bring an April day
And I will yield to summer’s way

The Fallow Way, The Blizzard lyrics © Judy Collins
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