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Come Back Home (John Muir)
Song For Teaching Lyrics and Sound Clip
Jonathan Sprout


This song is available on Jonathan Sprout's American Heroes #3

John Muir (1838-1914), the most influential conservationist and naturalist in America, is known as "the father of our national parks." An ingenious inventor who was blinded by an injury, he vowed that if his sight were restored, he would devote himself to the study of the inventions of Nature. Gradually, his vision returned, and he courageously took a stand against the destruction of America's great western forests.  With his poetic writing, he taught us that wild places are precious and fragile spiritual resources that must be preserved. A compassionate dreamer, he forever changed the way we see our mountains and forests. 

"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountain is going home; that wildness is necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life." -- John Muir


Lyrics:

I dream of mountains
I hear them calling me back home.
I hear them calling,
Calling – come back home!

Far from the reach of the city,
Where mountains give way to the sky,
This is where I long to wander,
Watching the seasons go by.
Nothing could feel more exciting
Than being there, ready to roam.
No place could be more inviting.
It’s calling me “Come back home!”

Refrain:
Let me stand in the heart of a redwood grove
Lightly sprinkled with fresh white snow,
May I just catch a glimpse of a mountaintop
Awash with alpenglow,
Let me live out a dream on Yosemite Stream
Where my wilderness joys abound,
To discover the truth of eternal youth
Upon that sacred ground.

 

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Many thanks to Jonathan Sprout for permission to publish these lyrics.
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