© words & music by Annie Wilson
from CD Music of the Emma Chase

Album  note:   On the ranch, we all really appreciate a good, normal growing season - too often a rarity.  But 2006 was a good year.   Everything was moderate:  rain, heat, wind. The cattle and crops did well.  It seemed like a such a gentle year.  We were thankful, and I felt inspired to write this song.

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The rain is a’driftin from the low hanging cloud 
The streams are swellin up healthy and loud 
The cattle are lyin on their bed of deep green 
The dust from their faces washed clean 

        This midsummer shower so sweet that it feels like a dream 
        And the hot July winds have forgotten to blow
        The grasshoppers all moved away 
        This sweet Kansas summer’s more like a long spring 

The night breezes blow cool and clear 
And we all will remember that this was a very good year 
The corn in the bottom tassels deep dark and tall 
The beanpods are filling up fastest of all 
Their leaves broad and dark just to drink in the sun 
And the rains still amazingly come 
This fall when we harvest, the yields may be second to none 


The prairie grass seedheads are shootin up high 
They’re brushin my stirrups as we ride on by 
Their deep roots are growin down solid and true 
With wildflowers bloomin anew 
A calico blanket of green purple yellow and blue