From the recording Fighting the Light

A moment of grace near the end of life. We should all be so lucky.

Lyrics

SHE EXPECTED IT TO SHINE
(Rick Lugg)

We headed out of Boulder north
To Lyons, then turned west
She didn't like the route at first
She wouldn't let it rest

Until we got to Eagle Plume's
And the Chapel in the Rock
Where, overcome by wildflowers,
She drifted out of talk

Did she know it was
Her last good week?
Did she sense it was
Her time?
As we drove that road
From peak to peak
She expected it to shine

She gazed at snowy August peaks
Some close, some far away
She breathed them in like they were air
She wanted just to stay

But we went rolling down to Nederland
Before that setting sun
On the Carousel of Happiness
She rose & fell & spun

Did she know it was
her last good week?
She said, "My life's been fine"
As we drove that road
From peak to peak
She expected it to shine

Glass of wine at sundown
Beside a mountain stream
Her eyes glowed in the firelight
As she watched her daughters sing
Dona Nobis Pacem
Grant us peace
Dona Nobis Pacem
Oh lord, grant us peace...

[Gerry's 12-string solo]

Her legs, they hurt a little bit
She didn't want to know
She said, "If I go see the doctor now,
I'm never coming home"

Did she know it was
Her last good week?
Did she sense it was
Her time?
As we drove that road
From peak to peak
She expected it to shine
As we drove that road
From peak to peak
She expected it to shine...

CREDITS
Rick Lugg (vocals, acoustic & electric rhythm guitars)
Luke Fischer (intro electric guitar)
Gerry Putnam (12-string electric guitars, synth strings)
Beth Fischer Reasoner (shadow vocal, backing vocals)
Ruth Fischer (backing vocals)
Rebecca Fischer (backing vocals)
Matt Reasoner (backing vocals)
David Goossen (backing vocals)
Dan Morrissey (bass)
Mitch Simon (drums)

Produced by Rick Lugg & Gerry Putnam

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Gerry Putnam
CedarHouse Sound & Mastering, North Sutton, NH
(c) 2021 Richard Lugg / Subscale Records LLC