Jonathan Wilson - Desert Raven Lyrics




Fuzzy white haze in the asphalt was a lake
And the sand it was a grayish shade of blue
Spirits held desire
While my eyes they did admire
The evening that we only thought we knew

Further out to see
I heard the birds wings over me
The vibrations in the air through my ears
The sun was rising slinking low
The day was saddled up to go
The desert's lonely nightfall disappear

The raven who flies through the desert sky
Is wiser than you or me
The birds have a peace
The stillness a sleeve
And the desert raven he has poetry

Close your eyes and fly to let the diamonds make the night
Crystal blue will turn to ruby red
The plants become a maze under the heavens stary hazel
Pegasus he gallops over head

The buffalo at night they follow close the river's edge while
Saffron slowly grows inside the cage
The starry minds of hyacinth the moon below the sun's eclipse
The sandy canyon floats beyond the wave

The raven who flies through the desert sky
Is wiser than you or me
The birds have a peace
The stillness a sleeve
And the desert raven he has poetry





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  1. Gilnéas Fogg

    Merci "Sol FM" !

  2. Glenna McNabb

    OooH #JonathanWilson,, sweetness sways my soul with this GEM☄️

  3. Josh Christman

    This song is going to be playing at the pinnacle moment of my life, Sandy beaches, surfable waves, a cool water on the table, I’m about 40 and I don’t need money, memory’s of my life sweep through my head. This song will be playing.

  4. fanch kergoat

    Après plusieurs mois d'écoute toujours un plaisir de planer sur ce morceau.

  5. Holly S

    Is he Norman Fucking Rockwell? 🤔🤔🤔🤔

  6. Josh Christman

    Saw this on a vid called Ivy by nobody surf, it’s so nice

  7. rukiddinbro

    Fuzzy white haze in the asphalt was a lake and
    The sand it was a grayish shade of blue
    Spirits held desire while our eyes they did admire
    The evening that we only thought we knew

    Further out to see I've heard the birds wings over me, the
    Vibrations in the air through my ears
    The sun was rising slinking low, the day was saddled up to go
    The desert's lonely nightfall disappear


    The raven who flies through the desert skies
    Is wiser than you or me
    The birds have a peace, the stillness asleep
    And the desert raven, he has poetry


    Close your eyes and fly to let the diamonds make the night
    Crystal blue will turn to ruby red
    The plants become a maze under the heaven's stary hazel
    Pegasus he gallops overhead

    Buffalo at night they follow close the river's edge while
    Saffron slowly grows inside the caves
    The starry minds of hyacinth, the moon below the sun's eclipse
    The sandy canyon floats beyond the waves





    The raven who flies through the desert sky
    Is wiser than you or me
    The birds have a peace, the stillness asleep
    And the desert raven, he has poetry

  8. Flahoo ?

    Found it after 7 years

  9. Fredd Gregg

    Incredible talent.
    The new rocknroll legend.

  10. Pedro Silva

    Any colour you like _ Pink Floyd

  11. james goldsbury

    Outstanding piece of work. Parts of his vocals sound a bit like Dusty Springfield.

  12. rodrigo motta

    Someone else linked Carlos Castaneda to this song?

  13. Icarus Windjammer

    Saw them open for Tom Petty in Germany. Such a great concert, both bands.

  14. Jorge Mariscal

    i can imagine a surfing edit with this song

  15. Dovla524

    He took melody from this song Riblja Corba - Lupa Bubanj Zveci Zvecka 1988...anyway,it sounds smooth

  16. Gerard O' Sullivan

    Very similar to 'California Silks and Satins' by Man. And that's not a bad thing.

  17. BlondeAryanMohawkHairDo skinhead punkPage

    ****************************************************

  18. Bethy2112

    Oh I love this song so much.

  19. mad muacelle

    Canciones del alma...para el alma! gracias por compartirlas al mundo!!!

  20. schmittza

    There's two things I like: boobs, music, chocolate and drugs that make me forget the meaning of the word 2. This song is better than all that.

  21. Frodo Bäggins

    Kazagastão brought me here

  22. Ferhat Karatay

    2018, radio paradise

  23. Desert Fevers

    absolutely beautiful tune. that guitar line is perfect. powerful stuff

  24. RV_Protoy

    eh je lis lis les commentaires , vous parlez de pink floyd , mais vous tombez sur la tête , parlez moi en référence Barclay James Harvest , oui je suis d' accord . Bon leur dernier album me surprend mais l'album " gentle spirit " est grandiose ! eh I read the comments, you talk about pink floyd, but you fall on the head, tell me about Barclay James Harvest, yes I agree. Good their last album surprises me but the album "gentle spirit" is great

  25. Алексей Красильников

    эту песню я разместил на своём канале ! это самая крутая композиция ! исполнение в стиле Pink Floyd - это круто ! крутая песня , крутой чувак ! I posted this song on my channel! This is the coolest composition! Pink Floyd performance is awesome! John is a cool dude! cool song ! John - hello from Russia!

  26. Ana Lídia Mendes

    #elenão

  27. James Smith

    Hjalte halberg brought me here

  28. DrDapper DrDapper

    Look at all these npcs below comparing npc shit.

  29. Enoch

    occult disguised as music

    Mark Jeavons

    Enoch how so?

    Enoch

    @Mark Jeavons
    0:20
    In the dialogue between them two. This is no accident ...

  30. Locomotiva Na Contramão

    que som massa é esse....

  31. thelandofmisteroz

    I smell hippies.

  32. Aaron Smith

    I smell a large influence from the band America in this song.

  33. The Smartian

    Fuzzy white haze in the asphalt was a lake
    And the sand it was a grayish shade of blue
    Spirits held desire
    While my eyes they did admire
    The evening that we only thought we knew

    Further out to see
    I heard the birds wings over me
    The vibrations in the air through my ears
    The sun was rising slinking low
    The day was saddled up to go
    The desert's lonely nightfall disappear

    The raven who flies through the desert sky
    Is wiser than you or me
    The birds have a peace
    The stillness a sleeve
    And the desert raven he has poetry

    Close your eyes and fly to let the diamonds make the night
    Crystal blue will turn to ruby red
    The plants become a maze under the heavens starry hazel
    Pegasus he gallops over head

    The buffalo at night they follow close the river's edge while
    Saffron slowly grows inside the cage
    The starry minds of hyacinth the moon below the sun's eclipse
    The sandy canyon floats beyond the wave

    The raven who flies through the desert sky
    Is wiser than you or me
    The birds have a peace
    The stillness a sleeve
    And the desert raven he has poetry

  34. Seranda

    *FANTASTIC!*

  35. Marcus Gaillard

    been loving your work for years brother. thanks from Australia.

  36. LilSparrow

    This is MUSIC.

  37. Hannes Amos

    Is it possible that this is a cover?

  38. Christian Richtsmeier

    Soo good, thank you!

  39. Lea Daccache

    When pink floyd meets indie

  40. Robert Mc Lachlan

    Very Steeeler's Wheel-ish - diggin' it!

  41. Jon Mcauleff

    Great, down to earth, honest music!

  42. Eralen00

    Heard this on WNCW, best radio station on the planet!

  43. Brandon Massengale

    Anybody know the actual lyrics to this masterpiece? All lyrics I can find online aren't right.

  44. Mike Kin

    An absolute gem of a jam. I put this on and just melt away.......

  45. Simon Yates

    Cool. Good song.

  46. AT - Burleism

    I hope Tom Petty saw this before he died........ He woulda loved it

  47. ariskapas

    awesome track !!!

  48. vicente rocha

    Lady gaga brought me here I love this song

  49. mandywithell

    Spent hours trying to find out what this track was. First heard it at end credits of "Close Encounters Tasmanian Devil" with Ray Mears. Was driving me nuts. Eventually found it thro. Lyrics.com.

  50. runchoide

    Gaga: five foot two brougthme here. Superb

  51. BowlofPosole

    Lady Gaga's Five Foot Two documentary brought me here! Amazing voice! Love the soul!

  52. Danny Miller

    Absolutely timeless
    This could have been released any time between 1966 and today
    Loving the whole laurel canyon vibe of this, it's just gorgeous...

  53. Ana S.

    vine aquí por "Five Foot Two"... he leído varios comentarios y les suena a Pink Floyd... a mi en lo personal me suena The Allman Brothers Band... Melissa con un toque genial de Jessica... los 70 años inolvidables del Rock.

  54. Tzeitel Bartholomew

    This song began playing on the NPR station while my son screamed in his car seat. He suddenly stopped crying, then began to cry again when it ended. So I took note of this but dismissed it as a fluke. Since then when we drive (he hates being in the car seat) I play it on repeat and he will stay calm. When I stop playing it he freaks out again. So, who cares what I think of this song? My 15 week old apparently loves it!! Thank you!!

    Tav Taverner

    First 0:54 seconds is irrelevant (CUT!), indicative of a drug problem, annoying, unnecessary, and maybe stop trying to be trippy Kanye West white guy or whatever, but rest of song good

    Sean Klein

    @Tav Taverner Lol ... what. Dude is playing a synth.

    BIÉ

    @Tav Taverner You have some ignorance problems, don't you?

  55. Linneker Ribeiro

    why this is not on Spotify anymore? so sad :(

    Carlos Carvalho

    Linneker Ribeiro it is

    Linneker Ribeiro

    Probably this is a problem with my region tho...

    SILVERAMMO

    dude you scared me it stilll is

  56. Dan D.

    What beautiful poetry! What groovy licks! My ears are smiling

  57. mandomtz

    David Crosby for hipsters

  58. RCKR RKCR

    Goood writing

  59. Sareth Roldan

    Roger Waters brouth me here. Awesome music!!

  60. Tamara Villa

    How can people dislike this?

  61. Gerard vuzz

    spectacular

  62. Ablequerq

    This video deserves more views.

  63. Caterina Femia

    meravigliosa!!!!!!!!!

  64. Berkay Karabağ

    Zihnimde hiç unutamadığım bir an-ı yaşatan parça olarak kalacak. Parça mükemmel hissettiriyor. ne olursa olsun

  65. Adriana Irrera

    J= juventus? ;)

  66. luca Santi

    A piece of art!

  67. Maria Diaz

    Fuzzy way
    Haze in the assault was awaking
    The sand was a grayish shade of blue
    Spirits of desire
    Were her eyes they did admire
    The evening that we only thought we knew
    Further out to see
    I held the rose wings over me
    Vibrations in the air turn my ears
    The sun was rising
    The day was saddled up to go
    The desert is a lonely night for disappear
    The rain in flowers through the desert sky
    Is wiser then you and me
    The birds now go east
    But still miss a sleep
    And the desert raven he has palm trees
    Close your eyes and fly away
    Let the diamonds make the light
    Crystal blue will turn your ruby red
    Pas with I'm amazing with a heaven story hazel
    Ever since it galloped over head
    Buffalo at night they follow close the river's edge while
    Saffron slowly grows inside the cage
    The star reminds of how you sit
    At home alone in the suns eclipse
    The sandy canyon flows beyond the wave
    The rain in flowers through the desert sky
    Is wiser then you and me
    The birds now go east
    But still miss a sleep
    And the desert raven he has palm trees

    Toby Warren

    Maria Diaz the desert raven has poetry

    Maria Diaz

    Yes. Palm trees too.:)

  68. Joel Oliver

    Beautifully mixed and mastered.

  69. Karimi

    Should have gotten someone else to direct the video. great song.

  70. trinocular

    thumbs up if Tycho brought you here.

    The Tao That Can Be Told

    What are you, an advertisement manifest?

    Obbi

    hell yeah :D

    White Buffalo

    tycho ain't got shit on jw (i love tycho tho lol- all relative)

  71. Maria Hernandez

    yessss!!!!!

  72. Alexandra Christian

    seals and crofts...america

    Young Dylan

    Say Wut?

  73. John Whitlock

    Too bad they kept that intro, rest of the song is pretty catchy

    Rafael Yanes

    John Whitlock What are you saying, the intro is excellent... It adds so much mystery to the song

    Andrea di mille

    John Whitlock or at least dropping it once more in the piece. YUP

  74. Caladobo

    Never get tired of this.

  75. Joe Togeski

    wow, this intro is very floyd! lana del rey go out with him, so i came check how he sounds like! totally great!

  76. Kerem Alptekin

    this is one of the 5 best songs I have ever listened... so many emotions...

  77. AnewKINDofFEELIN

    What was cut out from album version? The intro is as long as the album version, so was a verse cut?

  78. Adrianasco

    makes me want to slow dance in the middle of a lonely road

  79. White Foam Sea

    https://soundcloud.com/white-foam-sea/cHave you heard ‘Cause When I Said I Love You’ by White Foam Sea on #SoundCloud? #npause-when-i-said-i-love-you?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=twitter

  80. Jeffrey J

    WTF intro I love you

  81. ML V

    WTF intro I dont like you

  82. Bicho 65

    Me recuerda mucho esta canción a los primeros años de Pink Floyd,entre otros,se nota que este gran músico bebió de muchas y buenas fuentes,GRANDE!

  83. Harvey Dentist

    shortest 6 min of my life thats for sure ..

  84. heaven innblack

    DOPE ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  85. K GB

    The sound is incredible. What an atmosphere, how delightful is it for my ears.

  86. dark zaku

    I can't believe we have this in this day and age. Classic and fresh at the same time. My god.

  87. masterbaker1

    reminds me of Lady Eleanor by Lindesfarne

    Per Mattsson

    +masterbaker1 It shure has strong a resemblence - however this song has a lot stronger guitar licks. Fantastic production!

  88. Tav Taverner

    Just some constructive criticism. Love the tune, but the first 0:53 seconds or so is a waste of sonic space and is going to turn people off, who might otherwise listen to the rest of the track - which is brilliant. What the hell? Is this Logan's Run or some weird ass sci fi thing or, uh...a song? Please CUT OUT that first 53 seconds or so and you'll gain a lot more fans. It's irrelevant.

    T gnomechaser

    thats like saying Pink Floyd should cut out their wierd intros. Fair enough tho and appreciate your opinion :)

    Royally F*cked

    Tav Taverner maybe irrelevant to you. But other people find it entrancing and captivating. The quiet sonic sound in the beginning is a good build up to how Jonathan wanted this song to sound. But, that's also just my perception.

    Borg

    I first heard this track in Lovestruckk's Robot Heart mix a couple months back. The intro you contest allowed the song to be incorporated into a deep house mix. In that instance, it was a brilliant deviation from an otherwise 4-to-the-floor house and techno set. From a DJ perspective, the intro is a blessing. However, I get what you mean. This is why promo copies and singles often include radio edits. I had a similar initial reaction and believe a radio edit could really help propel this track from it's relative fringe standing to a broader audience.

    EDIT: Apparently such a thing exists.
    https://www.discogs.com/Jonathan-Wilson-Desert-Raven/release/3436557

    BlueOwlz

    By that logic, pink floyd would of never made it, considering how many weird intros they got. I believe whoever seeks music as this song, will love the intro and the mysticism is provides, almost kind of discomfort like feeling and then suddenly the sweetest guitar riff you heard lately.. Eventually it feels like that moment when ur done with something that makes u feel discomfort and then suddenly the moments of joy when its all over.. all part of the tune, love it!

    AT - Burleism

    as an artist, what you think and state is irrevelent........ a tune grows out of somewhere you were not. fuck your "constructive criticism" ---- Hey Jonathan, ya think ya coukld cut out the first 53 seconds? this guy doesn't like it....... oh yeah sure ....... let me make some changes to MY tune just for this idiot.

  89. antifolkhero

    Very similar to Neil Young.

    Danny James

    Pink Floyd meets Neil Young.

    CraftDutch

    i think neil young is very similar to jonathan wilson

    Bob Pie

    Yeah..very similar..except this guy can sing and he can play more than two chords...oh yeah and he has talent

  90. T gnomechaser

    this is prolly the best song i have heard in a very long time...HOOOOOLY SHIT!!!!

    Milďas K

    +Clayton land the same opinion here... can listen to this constantly :P eargasm

  91. Eefke Castelijns

    lovely....relaxing

  92. yazan3bsi

    the intro is very similar to (Schindleria Praematurus)" song by Yes.
    I love it though

    maestro mastah

    yazan3bsi yes! Thank you!! I was scratching my head forever trying to figure out what this reminded me of! You are absolutely right.

  93. plantium1000

    Beautiful!

  94. Suleyman Aktas

    39 kişi ferhat göçer ve doktor arkadaşları.

  95. Uso Indevido

    It sounds a lot like Yes - The fish, from fragile album... but still amazing!

    Uso Indevido

    @Petitehand This song guitar melody is nearly the same has the one in The fish from Yes. I never said JW in general sounds like Yes...  But he does have some prog rock influence.

    groomedtodie

    +Uso Indevido You're tripping.

    groomedtodie

    +Uso Indevido I get you now. Maybe you were trying to say that the main riff sounds like a riff used in 30 seconds of a 10 minute Yes song.

    cormac sweeney

    +Uso Indevido id never heard that song before but i listened to it , the riff is a carbon copy i would say

    Uso Indevido

    @cormac sweeney But Im glad Wilson did this song. Yes- The fish is more like an intro. Wilson turned that small song into a proper thing.

  96. Lance Kozlowski

    New to this... beautiful! Why the annoying first minute?