Cloudberry Mountain

by Nina Nielsen

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On Cloudberry Mountain
Over the Herring Sea
And our tired old town
Up north, in the monarchy

In the finest of the seasons
You sang songs in the minor key
And I could find no better reason
Than the gifts you’d bring to me

We ran, we lived on that mountain
In the brightest nights I’ve seen
And I could not believe our fortune
When we were both sixteen

We lay on a bed of gold
In cloudberry fields no one saw
The lies and the secrets we shared
Between us and the outlaws

I waited for you one last night
Under rain and weeping willows
At last went down the hillside
And so I heard that you had gone

And all of the town had stories
Of how you drowned in the Herring Sea
They said you’d gone without glory
So I left them without grief

And never did I return
North to the monarchy
But I remember the mountain
And your songs in the minor key


released August 3, 2005
Nina Nielsen & Knut Jonas Sellevold



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Nina Nielsen Oslo, Norway

Nina Nielsen was born in Stony Plain, Alberta. She’s a writer and musician. Moving between Norway and Canada, she grew up touring as a member of folk groups.

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