Song written about Hanging Rock


By Nicholas Elmes - nelmes@civitasmedia.com



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From the Top of Hanging Rock

Lately I’ve been weary from the world and all its woes

I need a place to go and clear my mind

A place to take my shoes off- feel the earth beneath my toes

Then put them back on and take a walk and see what we can find.

Lets go to the cascades and listen to them run

Hear the water flowing over stones

Sit and watch the clouds go by- and soak a little sun

And give thanks to the mountains that are Mother Nature’s bones

——

Chorus-

Let us go up to the mountain and head out on a walk

A little more time to listen … a little less time to talk

The world is full of mysteries that are waiting to unlock

And you can see half way to forever … from the top of hanging rock.

——-

Lets go up to Moore’s Knob and imagine days gone by

When people touched the land a little more

When lightning bugs were shooting stars dancing in the sky

when the nature channel was always on and right outside your door

Down by the boathouse where the water’s cold and clear

Here the fish come jumping in the air

And know that there are places where problems disappear

If only for a moment- it’s a moment we can share.

——

Chorus

Fans of Hanging Rock State Park have a new way to celebrate the beauty of Stokes County, thanks to the musical styling of song-smith Keith Nealson.

Nealson, who serves as the Eno River State Park Park Superintendent, recently posted a new song, titled “From the Top of Hanging Rock,” focused on his love of Hanging Rock State Park on YouTube.

“I have always had a fondness for that park in my heart,” he said. “I have worked at Eno River State Park and William B. Umstead State Park, but there are two other parks I have spent countless hours enjoying and one of them is Hanging Rock.”

Nealson said Hanging Rock was his go-to mountain park as he was raising his oldest daughter.

“I was a stay at home dad with my oldest daughter,” he explained. “I spent a great deal of time hiking up Hanging Rock, swimming in the lake and camping in the campgrounds with her. Every time I think of Hanging Rock I think of my daughter who is now heading off to college.”

Nealson said he felt it was important for park rangers to spend time in parks they did not work in to help reinvigorate their love for the outdoors.

“You need to recharge why you are doing this for a living,” he said.

Nealson said he has also written songs about the two parks he has worked for and his favorite beach park, Hammock’s Beach State Park.

He said he enjoys playing music with friends and running workshops that focus on how music can be used to help aid in environmental education.

“I have no problem with folks playing my song at all, and in fact am always honored to have folks do so,especially folks who are better musicians than me,” he added. “But, I would insist on being credited as the author and if someone records any of my songs to make a profit I would want to be compensated under standard BMI/ASCAP policy.”

The song can be viewed online at https://youtu.be/oNOyUValh4s.

Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.

By Nicholas Elmes

nelmes@civitasmedia.com

From the Top of Hanging Rock

Lately I’ve been weary from the world and all its woes

I need a place to go and clear my mind

A place to take my shoes off- feel the earth beneath my toes

Then put them back on and take a walk and see what we can find.

Lets go to the cascades and listen to them run

Hear the water flowing over stones

Sit and watch the clouds go by- and soak a little sun

And give thanks to the mountains that are Mother Nature’s bones

——

Chorus-

Let us go up to the mountain and head out on a walk

A little more time to listen … a little less time to talk

The world is full of mysteries that are waiting to unlock

And you can see half way to forever … from the top of hanging rock.

——-

Lets go up to Moore’s Knob and imagine days gone by

When people touched the land a little more

When lightning bugs were shooting stars dancing in the sky

when the nature channel was always on and right outside your door

Down by the boathouse where the water’s cold and clear

Here the fish come jumping in the air

And know that there are places where problems disappear

If only for a moment- it’s a moment we can share.

——

Chorus


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