The Spell of the Yukon

from by Kyle Rightley

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There's a land where the mountains are nameless,
And the rivers all run God knows where;
There are lives that are erring and aimless,
And deaths that just hang by a hair;

There are hardships that nobody reckons;
There are valleys unpeopled and still;
There's a land—oh, it beckons and beckons,
O I want to go back—and I will.

They're making my money diminish;
I'm sick of the taste of champagne.
Thank God! when I'm skinned to a finish
I'll pike to the Yukon once again.
I'll fight—and you bet it's no sham-fight;
It's hell!—but I've been there before;
And it's better than this by a damsite—
So for me... the Yukon once more.

There's gold, and it's haunting and haunting;
It's luring me on as of old;
Yet it isn't the gold that I'm wanting
So much as just finding the gold.

It's the great, big, broad land 'way up yonder,
The forests where silence has lease;
It's the beauty that thrills me with wonder,
It's the stillness that fills me with peace.


We sleep in the sleep of ages, the bleak, barbarian pines;
The grey moss drapes us like sages, and closer we lock our lines,
And deeper we clutch through the gelid gloom where never a sunbeam shines.



from The Bleak, Barbarian Pines EP, track released September 30, 2014
Music by Kyle Rightley
Lyrics by Robert Service



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Kyle Rightley Madison, Wisconsin

Kyle Rightley enjoys an active career as a performer and composer in a wide variety of musical genres. He has contributed as a guitarist, songwriter, and arranger to award-winning rock/pop groups The Big Payback, Driveway Thriftdwellers, and his solo project, Io. He has been featured as a trombone player with Five Points Jazz Collective, The Gadjo Players, and Charlie Painter and Friends. ... more

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