Needle’s Eye (Christian Jr.)

Christian and Dorothy’s eldest son, Christian Jr., grew to adulthood and started his own family.  It had long been Christian Jr.’s dream to work alongside his father on the Ghost Creek Ranch.  Christian and Dorothy expanded the operation to support two families.

Tragedy struck…

Christian Junior was three or four
When the Navy called his daddy
Off to war.
When it ended they made
Their way to the Ghost Creek Ranch
Up in the North.
He found his place in the Mountains.
Their glory shone all around him.
He found a lady, they married.
He brought her home and they
Touched the bluest sky
Through the Needle’s Eye.

Little Christie was only two
When tragedy ran her parents through.
Christian and his wife were broken
And Christie would never
Leave the Mountains’ view.
Their anguish rang
Through the Mountains:
The joy, the love and the promise lost.
He struck an arc on
The cold stone,
Hot slag rained down on him
And the bead he ran on high
Shut the Needle’s Eye

No happy ending,
That’s just how the story goes.
Find your silver lining in
Some other thick, black cloud.
He thought he’d leave it all behind
If the Needle’s Eye was blind,
Or at least, that’s how the story goes.

Christian Junior and his wife
Moved on and left the
Ghost Creek Ranch behind.
He thought there were no
Landmarks watching,
Because the Needle’s Eye was blind.
But the Mountain stalks its children,
Knows when everything is wrong,
And so it was the younger Christian
Came home.
He touched the face of the Mountain.
He swung his hammer with all his might
And broke the bead of his sorrow.
The sun shone down on him
And he saw the bluest skies again.

No happy ending,
That’s just how the story goes,
But there’s a silver lining
Once the storm has passed.
It was with him all the years:
The Mountain washed away his tears.
‘Cause the Needle’s Eye knows
The story doesn’t end.
Yes, the Mountains are a story…

Chapter VIII: “The Little Tree”

© 2014 Jack Nielsen
℗ 2014 Jack Nielsen
Music and Lyrics by Jack Nielsen
Performed by Pawn’s Logic ™
from the Meta-Ballad
Under the Mountain.

Steel string acoustic, acoustic electric and electric guitars: Jack Nielsen
Bass: Jack Nielsen
Vocal: Jack Nielsen