Dancin' Moon Songcast

Dancin' Moon Songcast

An exploration of songs and songwriting via the music of Scott Simpson and Dancin' Moon Studio of Spearfish Canyon in the Black Hills of South Dakota... Show More

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Featured song from 2012's The Long View L

Deepen the Well

In the fall, my ego needed sleep;
He sat up nights composing poems I could not keep.

My strong root is when the quiet reveals my voice;
My strong root is when stillness makes my choice;
My strong root is at the bottom of this hand-dug well;
How far the bucket has to drop? I cannot tell.
I cannot tell.

The winter came and the snow began to fall;
I built no shelter, had no coverin...






























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Featured songs from 2020's Being Human (Instrumentals) L

Starting Out, Grindstone & Unmarked Trail

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Featured song from 2012's Nebraska Catfish L

Winter Fields

Out here in these winter fields
silence is the only thing that's growing,
even now when it's not snowing
and there's nothing but the wind.

And I want to know--- do you remember
weren't those seeds that we were sowing?
Didn't our bodies ache with knowing
that our love would never end?

Hey-hey-yey-ee-yey-ee-ay
Hey-hey-yey-ee-yey-ee-ay

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Featured song from 2010's Letting the Sunlight Back In L

Don't Grow Away

I watched the sun come up this morning
just like a million times before
but when I watched your face awaken
it was like something I’d never seen before

You’re ever growing ever changing
just like a river on its way
and don’t you ever stop that growing
but don’t you ever grow away.

I know the world is full of mystery
full of pleasure, full of pain
like the burnin...












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February 21, 2020 44 min

Featured song from 2015's Circuitous & Before the Great Divide Double L

What I Got


I’m the poet without a pen,
and the priest who can’t hear God;
I’m the dancer with two clubfeet,
and the farmer who can’t break the sod,
yeah, I’m the farmer who can’t break the sod.

Mine’s the wagon with square wheels,
and the house without a door;
my only hat doesn’t fit my head,
and my feet won’t touch the floor,
no, my feet never touch the floor.

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Featured song from 2017's Refuge L

Love You Perfectly

All my love
All my doubt
All the things I've done
All the things I could do without…

Oh, it's you
You are the one who sees me through
Yeah, and it's me
Gonna try to love you perfectly.

On the day we met
I didn't yet know you owned my soul
I only saw your beauty there, on the surface shining
Waiting to make me whole.

Oh, it's you
You are the one who sees me through
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February 7, 2020 35 min

Featured song from 2018's Gravitate L

Heatwave

Three dogs and a hammock
And a cool breeze after a hot day
Heatwave in the canyon
You’re singin’ Eagle and the Hawk from memory
Seems like we were just kids
Thirty years and a lifetime away
Seems like all the hard times
Come and go like a heatwave…

Open the windows, turn off the lights
Bring on the thunder—flash in the night
Rain on the rooftop… try as we might
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January 31, 2020 23 min

Featured song from 2018's A. Dream L

Alone

He was alone, he was alone.
She was alone, she was alone…

And we’re born, and...
And we’re born, and...
And we’re born, and we don’t know nothin’…

Gotta find a face, gotta find a place…
Gotta find a heart, gotta find a hand…

He was alone, he was alone.
She was alone, she was alone….

 

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Featured song from 2014's LIVE in the Black Hills L

People As Tall As Mountains

There's a bird here,
It has a broke wing
And there are coyotes
On the prowl;
And there are people
Forgot how to sing,
They are broken Somehow.

There is a pine tree
Once struck by lightening
Its needles red-brown
As blood;
And there are people
As tall as mountains
Who now have fallen
Right where they stood.

There's a bird here,
It has a broke wing
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Featured song from 2015's Circuitous & Before the Great Divide: Remasters L

In the Hills

Something’s blowing through the Hills tonight
something’s riding on the wind
Orion’s lying down beside me now
just to comfort his old friend
I can’t remember when we made the change
I can’t remember what went wrong
I’m just here waiting for the wind to shift
bring me words to sing this song

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Featured song from 2000's Topo: Acoustic Landscapes L

Across the Canyon
(instrumental)

 

Welcome to VOTE SPEARFISH WEEK!

 

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Featured song from 2015's The Road Behind L

Photo Graphe'
(instrumental)

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Welcome to VOTE SPEARFISH WEEK!

 

Vote here:

https://smallbusinessrevolution.org/small-business-revolution/main-street/season-five#voting-form

The nationwide vote is on! Help Spearfish, South Dakota win $500,000 for small business. The winning town is decided by popular vote. We need you to rally your friends, fa...







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Featured song from 2015's The Road Behind L

Close to Home
(instrumental)

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Welcome to VOTE SPEARFISH WEEK!

 

Vote here:

https://smallbusinessrevolution.org/small-business-revolution/main-street/season-five#voting-form

The nationwide vote is on! Help Spearfish, South Dakota win $500,000 for small business. The winning town is decided by popular vote. We need you to rally your friends, family, co-workers from acros...







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Featured song from 2015's The Road Behind L

Spearfish Canyon
(instrumental)

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Welcome to VOTE SPEARFISH WEEK!

 

Vote here:

https://smallbusinessrevolution.org/small-business-revolution/main-street/season-five#voting-form

The nationwide vote is on! Help Spearfish, South Dakota win $500,000 for small business. The winning town is decided by popular vote. We need you to rally your friends, family, co-workers from ac...







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Featured song from 2010's Letting the Sunlight Back In L

Punch Another Hole 

Oh, this ship’s a-sinkin’
Oh, this ship’s a-sinkin’

There’s a hole in the bottom of the ocean
there’s a hole in the bottom of the sea
Lots of muck coming up on the beaches
as far as I can see, yeah;
lots of people feeding their addiction
everybody got some place to go
every rig is another shared needle
got to drill baby drill some more.

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January 3, 2020 29 min

Featured song from 2018's Gravitate L

Cracks 

What is broken in me
is open in me...
Where you see me split apart,
you catch a glimpse of my true heart...
my true heart.

It’s song that opens the cracks.
Each beat divides me front from back, yeah.
I’m opened up by melody;
I’m laid bare with harmony...
with harmony...

Unmusical days limp by.
Instead of dancing they
heave and they sigh.
To stay intact
is not to act on beauty...
beauty...

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Featured song from 2014's Do Not Rush the Dawn L

Jeff Davis Pie

Well Mamma called me up 'n said,
"It's your grandma's birthday son, so you 'n
Sheryl need to come--- and bring the girls."
She said that it was 80 years since
Grandma'd taken her first breath,
and a party with all the family'd "mean the world..."


Well 80 years is a
long time to hang around
if you count your age by time.
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December 20, 2019 38 min

 

Featured song from 2002's Grace E

Down


Autumn’s come around again
and the world is turning brown, brown
something’s fallen from the highest limb
all her friends, they say, “She don’t come around
anymore

There’s a sidewalk running past her gate
and a welcome sign on her front door
but they’re just throwbacks to another time, another place
and no one knows her—no, I don’t know her
anymore

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December 13, 2019 29 min

Featured song from 2012's Nebraska Catfish L

Playdough Boy

He had a cassette recorder, he had songs in his head
He placed them into the microphone.

Playdough boy, Playdough boy, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Playdough boy

Middle school is a playdough factory
Put them in and push the plunger down
Playdough boy…
He lost the top of his head
He lost the tips of his fingers…

Playdough boy, Playdough boy, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Playdough boy

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Featured song from 2017's Refuge L

My First Song

I was only six or seven years old,
You must've been a worn-out thirty-two.
Don't know what stories you'd been told;
Don't know what you went home to…
But you brought a tiredness behind your eyes,
And you brought a shuffle in your walk.
They only left when your anger flared--
Felt like hell made out of ditto ink and chalk, yeah
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