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Dream Ditty

Where do you dream little one?
Tucked up, cuddled up under eiderdown in trundle beds?

In sailing ships that steal into bedrooms in the night
And launch a journey of a thousand miles?

In nests, high in tree tops
In tree houses and forts
Built where eagles fly?

In meadows of dandelions puffing out to seed
After one glorious life of solar saffron!

Do you remember your dreams little one?
Do you remember?

Nightscapes crowded with adventure and beauty
And your very own nasty beasties
Filaments, scenes and images
Nonsensical and real

They are the shapes and the dances
Of the next round of life
Dreams are the secret drawers of hope
In the ark of life
Open that drawer and out spills
Gardens and rose trees
Cascading like waterfalls
Sunlight dancing in petals

Infinite spinning, infinite weaving
You becoming, earth becoming
Life becoming, life becoming new again
On the looms of dreams, On the looms of dreams…

Dare to dream little one, dare to dream

That is the work of the real hero.


from Games We Play, released February 10, 2018
Words by Deborah Ackley (copyright control) and Music by Jennifer Schaffer (SOCAN)

Jennifer Schaffer - Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocal
Simon Law - Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals
Astrid Foster - Bass, Background Vocals
John Teshima - Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Jonathan Marks - Violin, Background Vocals
Carmen Wiebe - Grand Piano, Background Vocals

Recorded at Canterbury Music Co. Toronto by Jeremy Darby; Studio Wolfrey Toronto and at SonyAtv Music Publishing Canada by Simon Law.


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Jen Schaffer and The Shiners Toronto, Ontario

Jen Schaffer is a Montreal-born, former Ohio and now Toronto resident singer-songwriter. Jen has honed her own brand of original soulful acoustic roots music with the help of her dedicated band and collaborators, The Shiners - Simon Law (a.k.a. The Funky Ginger), Astrid Foster, John T, and Jonathan Marks. ... more

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