Discography

 

The Distant Call of Home

Liner notes

The Distant Call of Home was especially commissioned for “The War That Changed Us” documentary series broadcast in August and September 2014, on ABC1. 


The Distant Call of Home


Written by Marita Dyson & Stuart Flanagan
Performed by The Orbweavers
Recorded & produced by Marita Dyson & Stuart Flanagan
Art & design by Marita Dyson & Stuart Flanagan



When the sun is rising east
Won?t you think of me dear Mary
For the same sun will be setting
Where I lie on distant shore
Every letter you have sent
I keep folded to my chest
And I read them in the evening
When the shells are laid to rest

And it heartens me to learn
That you wait for our return
From hearth to trench so far away
Watching waiting day by day
The distant call of home

When the sun is rising east
At the end of Albert Street
How I think of you each morning
And the night that you will greet
And if there is any good
You?ll return to where you stood
Not a home is without sorrow
Not a house is without hope

Neighbours gather at the gate
As we watch and as we wait
Shadows fall from door to door
Things that once were are no more
The distant call of home

Yet the sun still rises east
Light dapples through the leaves
Of eucalypt and wattle
As though war had never been
In the eyes of those returned
Untold visions deeply burned
A grief that can?t be measured
For peace we ever yearn

Oaks and elms form avenues
In memory grow to honour you
A magpie sings out to the dawn
A song for those we mourn
A distant call from home