Guiding Light – A song for the trail


One song that haunts me wonderfully as I hike and backpack the trail is this one by Irish worship leader Robin Mark.  Ponder the lyrics; enjoy the video.

 

O the road is wide,

And water runs on either side.

My shadow in the fading light

Is stretching out towards the night.

 

For the sun is low,

But I still have yet so far to go.

My lonely heart is beating so,

Cause I’m tired of the wandering.

 

There’s a sign ahead,

but I think it’s the same one again.

I’m thinking about my only friend,

so I’ll find my way home.

 

Chorus:

When I need to get home

you’re my guiding light, you’re my guiding light.

When I need to get home

you’re my guiding light, you’re my guiding light.

 

And the night is cold,

and yonder lies my sleeping soul

by all the branches broke like bones,

but this weakened tree no longer holds.

 

And the night is still,

but I have not yet lost my will.

So think I’ll keep on moving still,

til I find my way home.

 

Chorus:

When I need to get home,

You’re my guiding light, you’re my guiding light.

When I need to get home,

You’re my guiding light, you’re my guiding light.

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Filed under Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking, Long distance backpacking, The Appalachian Trail, Timothy J. Hodges

3 responses to “Guiding Light – A song for the trail

  1. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    A CELTIC SONG FOR A SUNDAY MORNING…!

  2. Kevin

    This song has captivated me as well. I see these lyrics printed in the brochure at someone’s funeral. I see myself singing it someday.
    Surely it is about someone approaching the end of their life, not wanting to go but becoming accepting of the fact that it may be time to let go. Weak and tired, no longer holding fruit, looking to the signs and moving toward the light.
    Would you agree this is about someone dying??

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