The Corner Post – © Annie Wilson 2007

Album Note:  My husband has built miles of fence in the
Flint Hills, and this song reflects what I've learned about
his philosophy of work, cattle, weather, land, and
permanence.

Lyrics:

A cowboy who’s just spent all day
Bringing back some skittish strays
Dreams that night of a mighty fence
That withstands all the elements

He knows a fence needs most of all
A corner post that’s thick and tall
Anchored deep beneath the grass
Its place for years and years to last        
     
     As suns rise and set
     On this green, rolling land
     The corner post withstands
     
     Barbed-wire loops around its chest
     Shoot off north south east and west
     A medieval torture stretching rack
     Wires so tight they spring right back

Snakes will cool beneath the shade
Its massive limestone braces made
Deer will leap and leave some hair
But no steer wants to jump up there                                

Orange-ringed bow wood trunk
Spawned from seed of emigrants
This human marker holds its grip
To cast its net of ownership
     
     Across an unsuspecting
     And cornerless land
     The corner post withstands
     
     Sun and wind, rain and cold
     Work to loosen up its hold
     Fires singe away its bark
     Cattle rub and leave their mark        

The toughest job a cowboy knows
Is settin a big corner post
He hopes for all his sweat and strife
The corner post will last his life

Miles of posts and wire pull
But his corner post stands like a bull
This heavy hedge log rooted
deep                                        
Its place for years and years to keep

     After the storms
     On this wild, open land
     The corner post withstands        

     The world can make us lose our way
     Hurt the ones we love the most
     When we stray away from home
     We wish we had a corner post

A cowboy who’s just spent all day
Bringing back some skittish strays
Dreams that night of a mighty fence
That withstands all the elements
     
     As the suns rise and set
     On this green, rolling land
     The corner post withstands
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