Aurora Borealis Lyrics

C.W. McCall


writers: Curt Kirkwood
album: Track 12 in album Wilderness
release date: 1976
popularity : 27 users have visited this page.
genres: Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country
length: 4:09

Album Information

label: Polydor
country(area): United States
format: Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

C.W. McCall Wilderness cover art


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(C.W. McCall, Bill Fries, Chip Davis)

One night last summer we were camped at ten thousand feet up where the air is clear, high in the Rockies of Lost Lake, Colorado. And as the fire burned low and only a few glowing embers remained, we laid on our backs all warm in our sleeping bags and looked up at the stars.

And as I felt myself falling into the vastness of the Universe, I thought about things, and places, and times.

I thought about the time my grandma told me what to say when I saw the evening star. You know, Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.

The air is crystal-clear up here; that's why you can see a million stars.

I remember a time a bunch of us were in a canyon of the Green River in Wyoming; it was a night like this. And we had our rafts pulled up on the bank an' turned over so we could sleep on 'em, and one of the guys from New York said, "Hey! Look at the smog in the sky! Smog clear out here in the sticks!" And somebody said, "Hey, Joe, that's not smog; that's the Milky Way."

Joe had never seen the Milky Way.

And we saw the Northern Lights once, in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana. They're like flames from some prehistoric campfire, leaping and dancing in the sky and changing colors. Red to gold, and blue to violet... Aurora Borealis. It's like the equinox, the changing of the seasons. Summer to fall, young to old, then to now. And then tomorrow...


Track Listing

Vinyl 1
  • 1 Wilderness
  • 2 Jackson Hole
  • 3 Riverside Slide
  • 4 Crispy Critters
  • 5 Roy
  • 6 The Little Brown Sparrow and Me
  • 7 There Won't Be No Country Music (There Won't Be No Rock 'N' Roll)
  • 8 Telluride Breakdown
  • 9 Four Wheel Cowboy
  • 10 Silver Iodide Blues
  • 11 Columbine
  • 12 Aurora Borealis