Breakneck Ridge

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An ode to the Hudson Highlands north of New York City.

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Breakneck Ridge music and lyrics (c) Andrew Revkin

I came from old New England’s shore. I miss those salty tides.
My friends from Rocky Mountains high, they crave their starry skies.
Some flock to California towns, where sunsets glow like ale.
But it’s Hudson River banks and hills that make my soul set sail.

From Breakneck Ridge to the Bear Mountain Bridge, and all that lies between.
In autumn’s gold and winter’s snows, and spring and summer’s green. [repeat]

A billion years of time and toil are etched in these old hills.
Carved by ice and dynamite, but they stand firm here still.
Seen tomahawks and cannon fire, and mighty industries.
But these Hudson Highlands will endure when we are history.

From Breakneck Ridge to the Bear Mountain Bridge, and all that lies between.
In autumn’s gold and winter’s snows, and spring and summer’s green. [repeat]

I’ve been around this whole wide world. I’ve been up toward the Pole.
But when I’m gone please let me lie in Hudson Valley soil.

From Breakneck Ridge to the Bear Mountain Bridge, and all that lies between.
In autumn’s gold and winter’s snows, and spring and summer’s green. [repeat]

credits

from A Very Fine Line, released November 28, 2013
Breakneck Ridge features master pipe maker (and player) Seth Gallagher on uilleann pipes, Steve Kent on bansuri flute, Al Hemberger on bass, Joe Johnson on guitar and synthesizer, Eric Starr on drums and Al Hemberger and Motherlode on harmonies. I play guitar, mandolin, banjo and fiddle.

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Andy Revkin Garrison, New York

Best known for his environmental journalism and books, Andy Revkin has long been a performing songwriter (here seen on the Clearwater; photo by Susan English).

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