Lover's Leap

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Avery Hill
09/01/2015
Avery Hill

Story

I heard a story growing up about my great-grandmother, who was an immigrant from Germany. When she was a young woman, she was proposed to by a nice young man and had every reason to say "Yes". Instead, she said "no" - and that made all the difference in the rest of her life, which brought her to the United States to raise a family and be mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to all of us. I didn't realize how much this story would come to mean to me in my own life until I had to be brave and say "no" to something and someone. As I began writing this song, I was traveling through Missouri, and standing on the banks of the Mississippi River, I looked across to a high cliff. According to local legend, this cliff was called Lover's Leap.

Lyrics

They say up on that ledge, high above the river’s edge

Where lovers take their flight

A young Indian maiden who couldn’t have her lover true

Flew into the light

But how can you be so sure

That it was really love she leapt for?

Have you ever been up there?

Have you ever had to bear 

The burden of what you see from that height?

 

If I took a lover’s leap off into the mighty Mississippi

It’s just because I know

Sometimes you have to be your own hero

Blood is what reminds us

And water is what guides us home

 

I can see her over there, moonlight spills upon her hair

He’s bent down on one knee

Then everything turns cold, she looks as if she’s seen a ghost

Who says “You’re not where you should be”

But how can you be so sure

It was really a ghost she left for?

Have you ever held a map, walked along some distant path

You can only see in your dreams?

 

If I took a lover’s leap off into the mighty Mississippi

It’s just because I know

Sometimes you have to be your own hero

Blood is what reminds us

And water is what guides us home

 

I hear her voice out on the wind, I feel her blood beneath my skin

And she’s not the only one

Their stories are not mine to tell, but I’ve got dreams and ghosts as well

I can hear the songs they’ve sung

 

 

 And we can never be so sure

But I’d like to think it’s life we leap for

‘Cause I wasn’t trying to say no

But sometimes that’s the only way to know

To say yes to what comes next

 

So if I took a lover’s leap off into the mighty Mississippi

It’s just because I know

Sometimes you have to be your own hero

Blood is what reminds us

And water is what guides us home