Winding Stream (The)

  • Title: The Winding Stream
  • Music: Conrad Askland
  • Lyrics: Melanie Ficenc and Conrad Askland
  • Vocalist: Melanie Ficenc
  • Producer and Engineer: Conrad Askland
  • Released: 1997
  • Album: New Faces Volume Two
  • Label: Road Records
  • Copyright: © 1997 Conrad Askland
  • Style: Country, bluegrass, folk, celtic

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The Winding Stream – New Faces Vol. 2


Your love was like a shallow crick
Filled with twists and turns
An inner voice kept telling me
Our love would wash ashore
Now that winding stream
Has finally found it’s end
I never knew another love
Was waiting round the bend

Wandering through the woods
Gently kissed by morning mist
A maiden in a long white gown
Came floating through the leaves
Her pallid face gazed down
At cuts upon her wrists
And as she gazed
She sang about the pain that love can weave


The song lives in my broken heart
The music haunts me still



I imagined a woman that was so broken hearted that she committed suicide. She found out later that she just had to get out of that relationship before she would meet her true love. But now she was dead. So she wandered the forests gliding in all white singing her song of sorrow as a warning to others.

The story was a type of myth story so I gave it a bluegrass and celtic feel.

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2 comments for “Winding Stream (The)

  1. Melanie Ficenc Macek
    May 10, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    You’re missing the lyrics credit for me on this one also. Glad you have them online. I can show more people my songs and writing.

  2. June 30, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Credits fixed. Thanks for pointing that out to me.

    I really love this song. I still distinctly remember a caustic relationship I was in and had gotten out of – felt like I had saved my life. The lyrics “your love was like a shallow crick filled with twists and turns” rang very true for that experience to me.

    It remember wondering how many people kill themselves after an emotional breakup – not knowing that a great person was right around the corner to enter their life. This thought was veiled in the story.

    Only change I would make on this is to make the ending not resolve to a major key – but stay in minor. I think originally I made it resolve to major to give it a sense of optimistic resolve. To me the ending feels a little rushed – I’d like to hear the ending trail more – or perhaps a fade out.

    Was great working with you on this song too! Hope all is well.

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