This song is actually the oldest song on the CD. I wrote it a couple of weeks before my daughter was born, and like “Don’t Wait Too Long” (which appears on our double CD Rock All Day/Rock All Night and which I wrote when I first found out I was pregnant) I still didn’t know the being I was writing to. It was also right before Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth came out, and news about the various ways in which we were trashing the planet were being regularly broadcast. That evening on the news I’d heard (again, in a new way) the ways in which the rays of the sun are so much more dangerous now than they were fifty years ago. Who knows what we are going to witness in this lifetime? But do we have a choice?
I Choose This Era
We go round the sun The Moon goes round the earth When the day is done Sometimes something hurts There’s danger in the papers Danger on the radio But I’ll put my arms around you and I Will not let you go.
There’s a place called Kansas Dorothy called it home To me it’s just a grassland Where I’d be frightened to be left alone I’d much prefer a city Even if it’s Emerald green Home is where ever I find you But it’s also wherever I’ve been.
And it’s not the same sun my father knew It can burn in ways that don’t heal But I’d take these rays with this place and your face If that is going to be the deal
I’ll take you to the ocean To every edge that invites me close And there I’ll make my vow to you Before everything I love the most There’s danger in the ocean Danger from the sun above But I’ll put my arms around you And surround you with my love. I’ll put my arms around you And I will not let you go.
Nerissa Nields April 20, 2006
We recorded the acoustic very early in the process–I think in December 2009. We didn’t put the final vocals on until December 2011, maybe even January 2012. I love the way the song came out. Katryna and I did some three-part harmony, and I am trying to get Abigail (our other sister) to learn it so she can jump up on stage with us and sing it sometime. A girl can dream.