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MIST COVERED MOUNTAINS OF HOME

Oh a cold steady snow is a-falling
And I hear the mountains a-calling,
As a misty cloud cover brings
The very last snow of the spring.
Oh a hanging mist hovers
And the pine boughs are covered,
And only a true mountain lover
Would climb through the snow that has blown
On the mist covered mountains of home.

This day attracts few mountain rovers,
For you canít see the next ranges over;
But Iím sure that the mountains are there,
For Iíve seen them when the weatherís been fair.
Oh the mist it is thick,
But the snow it wonít stick
For itís wet and it melts pretty quick;
And the only footprints are my own
On the mist covered mountains of home.

And as sure as it came without a warning,
The snow will be gone by the morning;
And not until late in the fall
Will there be a snow cover at all.
Oh soon I must part
But I sure leave my heart
With the mountains that gave me my start;
And maybe some day Iíll never more roam
From the mist covered mountains of home.

Greenfield, Massachusetts, 1987



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