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Once I climbed a lion mountain

Once I climbed a lion Mountain
In a quest to find the truth
Through the mist and the rain of Cape Town
I got water in my shoes

I feared the narrow pathway
And the sheer drop down below
So I called on my guardian angel
To lift my weary soul

Hope is your only friend
When everything disappears
And the memory of all you had
Was a childlike shimmer in the wind

Before the war of roses
You learnt by hard mistakes
Now your eyes are always open
To what the whispering winds will say

That voice will always guide you
If your heart it bears the truth
And you shed your skin of yesterday
No harm can follow you

Hope is your only friend
When everything disappears
And the memory of all you had
Was a childlike shimmer in the wind

Did you hear about the fire on the mountain
So wild and out of the blue
A heavy smoke came rolling into Cape Town
I got ash upon my shoes

The slopes were a fiery furnace
No mercy no escape
So I called on my guardian angel
To keep my loved once safe

Hope is your only friend
When everything disappears
And the memory of all you had
Was a childlike shimmer in the wind

Just a childlike shimmer in the wind

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from Crossing Borders, Driving North (Deluxe 2CD Anthology), released June 10, 2013
Once I climbed a lion mountain

Nibs – Guitar, Vocals
Gareth Gale – Drums, Percussion, Piano, Background vocals
Kieran Smith – Bass, Cello
Previously released in 2010 on ‘a House across the river’ SSCD 525

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Nibs van der Spuy Durban, South Africa

South Africa guitarist, singer-songwriter Nibs has been touring the world for well over a decade. Journalists from all over the globe and predominantly Europe have cited Nibs as a fresh voice in the ‘Nu folk’ movement. With his virtuosic acoustic guitar style and mesmeric voice he has enchanted listeners from small intimate theatres to large festival stages. ... more

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