Every December Sky

The first time I met Beth Nielsen Chapman, I told her Every December Sky is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. I asked if I could have her permission to perform it, and she gave me her blessing. I felt like I’d been trusted with a child.

This song is my response to dormant trees, dark days and nights full of fear, doubt and loss.Β  It expands me and connects me with heaven, earth, nature and humanity, with those I’ve loved and those I’ve lost. It makes me feel calm, hopeful, trusting, prepared, full of faith and lucky to be loving and living with every fibre of my humanity. It makes me glad I believe in angels.

Every December sky
Must lose its faith in leaves
And dream of the spring inside the trees
How heavy the empty heart
How light the heart that’s full
Sometimes I have to trust what I can’t know
Sometimes I have to trust what I can’t know

We walk into Paradise
The angels lend us shoes
‘Cause all that we own
We’ll come to lose
And Heaven is not so far
Outside this womb of words
With every rose that blooms
My soul is assured
It’s just like a song I’ve known
Yet still unheard

And every leaf of fire lets go
Melting in the arms of earth and snow
And if I could hold you now
You’d enter like a sigh
You’d be the wind that blows
The answer to “why?”
You’d be the spring-filled trees
Of every December sky


    1. Thanks for letting me know, Barbra. I’m going to have to figure out why only UK readers have been able to access it from my blog and why it’s no longer showing up for me when I go to You Tube.

    1. Hi, Hilary. I’m always happy to have you visit, whenever you can. I haven’t been able to enjoy your A,B,C of Cornwall because I like to make time to read the entries properly and haven’t been able to. I’m looking forward to it.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Linda. I’m sorry you can’t listen. It plays OK on my site, but when I went over to YouTube to get the link to send you in an email, I, too, got a message saying it wasn’t available. I used that link because it was posted by Beth Nielsen Chapman herself so I didn’t think there’d be any legal/moral issues. Because Gilly and I can still see the video, I’m wondering if it’s a UK/rest of the world thing? Please try and listen to a version Stateside or ask Sara for the link; the music is even more beautiful than the words.

  1. Dear Janice, I am in exactly the same position as Linda above. Loving these magical and evocative words but receiving the same message when I click. Technology eh?!
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    1. Hi, Jane. I hope you were able to find a YouTube version that works Down Under. As I said to Linda, this song is much bigger than the sum of its lyrics and music. I wish I could send you a link. Thanks for trying.

  2. Beautiful words and music – I didn’t have any problems with the video. Loving the first three lines: Every December sky/Must lose its faith in leaves/And dream of the spring inside the trees – I think we all lose our faith in leaves at times when we’re trapped underneath our personal December skies. Spring always seems like such a miracle to me – so full of joy and life that all bursts out in the space of a few weeks. My favourite time of year.
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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Gilly. Because of your latest photos of winter trees, I decided not to wait till December. Prescient, as it turns out.

  3. WOW. I couldn’t get the video to work, but I just went to YouTube and found the song. It’s so calming and yet, UP lifting at the same time. πŸ™‚

    But you know what my favorite part of this post is…your last words: “It makes me glad I believe in angels.”

    Me, too. πŸ™‚
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    1. Thanks Sara. I’m glad you liked it. Music is so important to me, I only share my favourite songs with folk I trust and I’m glad I could do it here, for friends who comment and those who don’t.

  4. Hey,

    Just wanted to say hello to you. I’m finally back from my trip to England to visit my daughter. We almost made it to Scotland, but decided to stay closer to home and visited Cornwall. It was stunning, but now that I’m watching the Open (golf) on TV, I having regrets…

    I hope all is well with you. Best wishes:~)
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    1. Is it ever too late to reply to a comment? I’m so sorry this one slipped through the net. Today’s my first day back online, feeling my way around, getting the feel of my laptop again.

      Thank you for staying in touch, even when I leave my cyber world abruptly to focus on real life. A death in the family, the day after my last post, left me unable to write honestly online; I’ve always tried not to write about family members, but the ensuing entropy for those most badly effected by grief made it almost impossible for me to blog with integrity. So many ripple effects and vortexes of loss.

      I wish you’d been able to visit Scotland; a real life conversation would have been lovely! (The Open was held in the county I was born in.) Hope you had a great holiday in Poldark territory! We loved the holiday we had there – big, big skies, scary cliffs and sweeping sea!

      Hope all’s well.

  5. Hello, your blog is looking lovely, so very fresh and simple. Maybe as the season turns into the gorgeousness of autumn it’ll be time to blog again. Hope you’re okay x

    1. Thank you! It’s much tidier than my old Thesis theme and gives fair warning to those who are repelled by overt lyricism, but I still have a love – mehh relationship with it. I tweaked it to keep that glow of pleasure I used to get from my old tulip banner and colour matched links etc, but there are times I find it a wee bit cloying, usually when I’m craving simplicity and white open spaces.

      Good to see you. Sorry your comment got stuck in moderation, but it came from a different email address.

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