The Year the Birds Came Back

from by Kathryn Overall

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Written in the autumn of 2014

Not all the leaves are falling
Not all of the flowers are dead
And the late summer rose is still blooming
High on the hill.

Not all the songs have been sung yet
Not all of the sonnets been read
There’s a half written tale in motion
The sun hasn’t set.

There is still some truth worth perceiving
Whispers of stories to tell
And I guess that I’m still believing that all will be well.

Not all the wells have run dry
Not all of the springs have been spent
Not all the rivers have yet
Run their course to the sea.

Strange creatures dwell in the ocean
Mysteries hide in the deep
Breakers still crash on the shore of an isle never seen.

There’s starlight that hasn’t yet reached us
From thousands of light years away
Not all the frontiers have been travelled
There’s stakes still unclaimed.

There are friendships that haven’t yet flourished
Letters that haven’t been sent
There are words that are waiting for courage that need to be said.

There still is a love to find yet
There still is a battle to win
There is room in the inn for a woman
Who carries a dream.

There are trials that have to be gone through
Sorrows that haven’t been sensed
There’s a house on the hill still to build
With a white picket fence.

There are children that I haven’t met yet
Babies known only to God
There still is some life yet unwritten, a path to be trod.
There still is some life yet unwritten, a path to be trod.

Not all the leaves are falling
Not all of the flowers are dead
And the late summer rose is still blooming
High on the hill.

© Kathryn Overall 2014

This song is the title track from Kathryn Overall’s debut album, ‘Not All the Leaves are Falling’.

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from Not All the Leaves Are Falling, released August 4, 2016

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Kathryn Overall Tauranga, New Zealand

This debut album from Tauranga based singer/songwriter, Kathryn Overall, offers an emotive collection of folk-inspired, soulful, story-telling songs with depth, beauty and a sprinkling of whimsy.

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