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Bill: This song uses our pilgrimage up Mt. Fuji (all the way, mind, not from the tourist stop halfway up) as an exhortation to persevere in whatever endeavor you may find yourself pursuing.

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Words by Bill Sutton & Brenda Sinclair Sutton, music by Brenda Sinclair Sutton
©2008 Mad Tom Music

We took the pilgrimage to Fuji in our Summer of Japan.
Hiking from the very bottom was our goal.
Men of ninety do the climb in just seven hours time.
Twenty miles uphill is really just a stroll.

Take it step by step. You can walk the longest road.
Take it step by step. You can carry any load.
Take it step by step. You can bring it all together
You can make it if you take it step by step.

Twenty steps and stop and pant, then twenty steps and stop and pant.
It’s been hours and we’re only halfway there.
It we keep on pressing on we might make it by the dawnOr we could hitchhike with those piggies in the air.

Take it step by step. You can walk the longest road.
Take it step by step. You can carry any load.
Take it step by step. You can bring it all together
You can make it if you take it step by step.

When at last we reached the summit, we looked deep within ourselves
Even though the ashy clouds obscured our view.
Filthy, freezing, cold, and dead – then the thought cam to our heads:
“Now we’ve got the blasted climb back down to do!”

Take it step by step. You can walk the longest road.
Take it step by step. You can carry any load.
Take it step by step. You can bring it all together
You can make it if you take it step by step.

Take it step by step. You can walk the longest road.
Take it step by step. You can carry any load.
Take it step by step. You can bring it all together
You can make it if you take it step by step.

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from And They Said It Wouldn't Last, released August 16, 2016
Words by Bill Sutton & Brenda Sinclair Sutton, music by Brenda Sinclair Sutton
©2008 Mad Tom Music

Bill: Vocals, Guitar, Bass; Brenda: Vocals, Bodhrán

Recorded at Bedlam House Studios

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