Who Will Bend Like the Willow​/​Limber Zeal

from Shaker Songs by Winterbirds

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Who will bend like the willow
Who will turn and twist and reel
In the gale of simple freedom
Wring the wood, wreck the steel

Who will drink the wine of power
Tip your head and drop it down
Pride and bondage all forgetting
Mother's wine is freely found

Oh that drink I will have it
I will bow and bend below
I'll be reeling, twisting, turning
No more flesh and pain to know

I will shake every fetter
From my soul as I go
I will feel the gospel power
Burning in my very soul

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from Shaker Songs, released January 24, 2019
Text: adapted from "Who Will Bow and Bend Like a Willow," Canterbury Shaker Village, 1843, "Limber Zeal," Chosen Vale, Enfield, 1848, and "I feel the gospel power burning in my very soul," Maine Hymnal (Sabbathday Lake), undated, recorded in "The Gift to Be Simple" by Edward D. Andrews
Music: Nick Rich

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Winterbirds offers a powerful take on Progressive Folk. Deeply versed in traditional Appalachian Folk, Bluegrass and Newgrass, Classical Music, and Contemporary Chamber Music, these young performers cloak timeless melodies in unusual instrumental colors and thrilling textures. ... more

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