Tread Gently

We’ll be doing this dance on Friday in Ladner along with another “four elements” dance: Los Cuatros Elementos … and of course about eight other “Sunshine and Showers” dances.

Lyrics

Music by Carolyn Hillyer

Tread gently on the earth

a song by Carolyn Hillyer (tune on YouTube)

Drum your footsteps to the sacred mountain
Lay down on the bleeding earth and sigh
Breath the rhythm of the Mother sleeping
Listen to Her dream, She whispers: Come alive!

Tread gently on the earth
Breathe gently of the air
Lie gently in the water
Touch gently to the fire.

She bears the scars of our fears and our follies
The dark night hovers and the world sits blind
But the waters flow and the moon is singing
Daughter winds are gathering and hope is high.

Tread gently on the earth
Breathe gently of the air
Lie gently in the water
Touch gently to the fire.

You were born of Her, She gave you being
She healed your body and brought your soul fire
As the Mother wakes we must awaken with Her
We will fade away if we let Her die.

Tread gently on the earth
Breathe gently of the air
Lie gently in the water
Touch gently to the fire.

This is one of those dances with village variations.

Bethan Freedman (the choreographer) has done a video where the group walks forward holding hands on “Tread gently on the earth.” Locally we often walk forward not holding hands and pressing palms down and up as we walk.

In the video they walk an extra two steps when there are extra drum beats. Some facilitators like to stand still during those two extra beats.

Sometimes a version of the music is used where the extra drum beats have been removed.

And so it goes… (as Kurt Vonnegut would say)…

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