Trade Winds

04:31
Kenn Morr

Story

I've used the expression "the song wrote itself in almost the length of time it takes to sing it..." to describe the writing process of certain songs. Trade Winds most-definitely falls into this category.

In 2010 in a very short span of time we lost our 14 yo Golden Retriever (see the tune "My Friend"), my close friend and ex-sound engineer Ben Moskey and shortly thereafter my mom. It was a difficult period. At the time I had been reading about trade winds and imagined myself jumping on a ship to...well...anywhere... to kind of break the cycle we were in.

To this day Trade Winds is among my favorites. Although it was inspired by a difficult period, the process of writing it really did help me through. To this day when we perform the song the feelings I have are more more joyous than anything else. I'm reminded not only of the loved ones who are gone but also how the song itself helped me through that period...

Lyrics

Trade Winds

Too many things are changing fast

Just like the trade winds

The old dog’s gone and so is Ma

And it’s hard to lose a friend 

It seems my lucky dice are frozen

Trapped inside mid-air

There’s a faint fine line

Between outlook and despair

 

I’m not sure just how you do it

But sweet music saves my mind

It can keep you cool in the summer sun

And warm in winter time 

But like so many other things

We forget to know

And once you think you lost it...

 

Chorus:

Trade winds blow below the hemisphere

And deal’s going down right now my dear

I can’t count the times I’ve been down

Can you feel the trade winds coming ‘round?

 

Too many things are spinning out

Spinning out of control

Seems we always buy in bunches babe

Then have to pay for what we owe 

When trade winds blow

Ships leave to make their trades

While the rest of us are waking up

With the choices we made

 

Chorus:

Trade winds blow below the hemisphere

And deal’s going down right now my dear...

I can’t count the times I’ve been down

Can you feel the trade winds coming ‘round?