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Hem — Half Acre
Album: Rabbit songs
Avg rating:
7.6

Your rating:
Total ratings: 1939









Released: 2000
Length: 3:20
Plays (last 30 days): 2
I am holding half an acre
Torn from the map of Michigan
And folded in this scrap of paper
Is the land I grew in

Think of every town you've lived in
Every room you lay your head
And what is it that you remember

Do you carry every sadness with you
Every hour your heart was broken
Every night the fear and darkness
Lay down with you

A man is walking on the highway
A woman stares out at the sea
And light is only now just breaking

So we carry every sadness with us
Every hour our hearts were broken
Every night the fear and darkness
Lay down with us

But I am holding half an acre
Torn from the map of Michigan
I am carrying this scrap of paper

That can crack the darkest sky wide open
Every burden taken from me
Every night my heart unfolding
My home
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Nice use of banjo
I feel like I just heard this, or another song from the same album...
Every time I need quiet, comforting music I turn to Hem. Thanks Radio Paradise for introducing me to them 13+ years ago with this song!
Michigan - my home too.  So I'm sort of a sucker for this song 
Great article on Dan Mess' and Hem on addiction and their near demise: Q&A: Dan Messe of Hem
Some knobs just won't look at the lyrics.  How do you sing this?  To a heavy metal - Rolling Stone - Reggae type of music?
If you can't relate to these lyrics then you probably have a trust fund and never had to move around.
 Grammarcop wrote:
Michigan. My home. 
 

Michigan. My home. 
Love these guys...sadly I learned of them just about the time they quit touring........
Holds up well, pleasant to listen to each time . . . off on a niche all its own. 
Really like this one. Took a while for me to notice it.
 coccyx wrote:

so...your fantasy involve boring the he%& out of your partner to the degree that she feels she has to go to her 'special place' and sing a song that she's sung literally hundreds of times before, just to pass the time....  !

 

oh, i hate this so much.
One of the handful of 10s I've given out. This song is magical.
decent song, interesting sound

btw, the Wiki link goes to hem as in when a person is sewing 
Yes yes. Good set for crunching data this AM.
I haven't heard this in a while.  Nice.

Bill is on another segue roll:

Adios to California into Isn't It A Pity into Half Acre

The transitions are seamless and meaningful.


I agree - this whole album is great.  Would be nice to hear it all the way through sometime...{#Clap}
 Imkirok wrote:
Beautiful song.  Wish we'd here something else from this album though.

 
5 tracks from this album in the RP library.  15 tracks by Hem all told. {#Good-vibes}
 leafmold wrote:
This song bores me to tears.
 
Ditto. It's pathetic. And I wish I had a button on the remote that controls my home stereo. 
Lovely song from a most pleasant album.  
Her voice, filled with clarity and sweetness, couples with a confident clarinet to raise goosebumps.  I vote 9, looking wistfully out the window ...
Beautiful song.  Wish we'd here something else from this album though.
pixie music
I'll give it a 7 even though a voice like this would normally annoy me 
Joni Mitchell knock off
 
 ThePoose wrote:
I have this sexual fantasy. It involves making love to the woman I love as she sings like this.

 
so...your fantasy involve boring the he%& out of your partner to the degree that she feels she has to go to her 'special place' and sing a song that she's sung literally hundreds of times before, just to pass the time....  !
So this is what a Hemmed Half Acre sounds like.....
7>>8 {#Cheers}
Startlingly beautiful; gives me chills. 
Jeez it sure is funny to see how much venom A SONG can produce. I'd never heard this song before this and think it is pretty darned good. I click on the comments and apparently a bunch of people think it's the worst song ever. Oh well, the variety is why I listen to 'rp'.
Bite it haters - still rates high without you lot
 jackiewelsh wrote:
gets a 1 bc i'm soooooooooo sick of hearing this song on this station (or anywhere now for that matter)
 
Bummer.
 jameshay wrote:


One of the things I like about RP forums is the contributors' sense of humour. (Or not, as the case might be!)
 

Thanks, James..........or not, whichever might be the case here.
 sirdroseph wrote:
This is one of those songs that sends me into a murderous rage.
 



Zoinks!!!
 leafmold wrote:

Oh, please. Have none of you ever produced a typo? It was supposed to be "go lower than a one." So sorry for the confusion!

(I'm sure you understood the original post, but just disagree—which is fine.)

 

One of the things I like about RP forums is the contributors' sense of humour. (Or not, as the case might be!)
This song is so beautiful.
{#Good-vibes}
 TerryS wrote:

Could lower a what lower?
 
Oh, please. Have none of you ever produced a typo? It was supposed to be "go lower than a one." So sorry for the confusion!

(I'm sure you understood the original post, but just disagree—which is fine.)

 leafmold wrote:
wish I could lower than a 1
 
I wish you could too.
 leafmold wrote:
wish I could lower than a 1
 
Could lower a what lower?
wish I could lower than a 1
It's just wrong to follow George Harrison's magnificent "Isn't It a Pity" with this. Nonetheless, it's better than the 3 rating I gave it last time. Bumping it to 4.
 Kokoloco53 wrote:

What a great song. Gives my pause, nice thoughts, life is ok, kind of feeling. I like the cover, rabbit song deal. If you want to read the best, and possibly only long fantasy novel with rabbits that speak to each other, read Watership Down. Along with Lord of the Rings, it's about the only book that I read more than once. Watership Down is one of the very best books of all time for me personally. I also have a copy in Spanish which I've only read once, but I read the English copy every 2-3 years just to keep my life in proper perspective. Compared to rabbits, we humans have it way easy, though the social differences between rabbit warrens in this book actually mimic our own cultures in so many ways.

 

I read the English copy every 2-3 years just to keep my life in proper perspective

- I love to read a good description for some habit I can't explain or some feeling I can't grasp just yet. Thank you :)
 ThePoose wrote:
I have this sexual fantasy. It involves making love to the woman I love as she sings like this.
 
That's probably better than fantasizing about her singing like Carol Channing.  NTTAWWT.
Nice tune, by the way.
So so so love this song, please keep playing it.
so so so so sick of this song. PLEASE stop playing it so often.
 Otomi wrote:


Source: https://www.davidmack.pro/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/bunny_facepalm.jpg
 

Thought it was lhasa de sela - cute bunny :)
This song bores me to tears.
What did the farmer get when he stepped on the rake? 

Two acres!

Sorry...I'll get my coat...

Love the song by the way... 
I have this sexual fantasy. It involves making love to the woman I love as she sings like this.
 frankgindc wrote:
Not a bad song but here's the deal breaker:  it evokes an insurance company.  For me that overshadows any other message the song might have. 
 
You know, I had no idea, but it doesn't break the deal for me.  Once, a student employee was in my office while RP was playing, and when some song used in an iPod commercial came on, he said "I've never heard anyone actually listening to that song, you know, other than the Apple commercial."  I told him that was the beauty of RP.
Not a bad song but here's the deal breaker:  it evokes an insurance company.  For me that overshadows any other message the song might have. 
 Otomi wrote:


Source: https://www.davidmack.pro/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/bunny_facepalm.jpg

 

 
Pretty sure that's illegal in most places...
 kharrigan wrote:
I can't believe I thought this was Sarah McLaughlin for eleven years.

 

Source: https://www.davidmack.pro/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/bunny_facepalm.jpg


Before Liberty Mutual...There Was "Rabbit Songs". Great Tune
this song is hope that makes the heart soar.  lovely.


I can't believe I thought this was Sarah McLaughlin for eleven years.
I love this song - very gentle and simple. Soothing. {#Meditate}{#Sunny}
Lovely!
Best song on a great album, IMO.
This is one of those songs that sends me into a murderous rage.
Commercials be damned, it's a beautiful song.
Aww, it's my and n4ku's wedding song! Or my "walking down the aisle" song, I should say.

(I chose this long before that insurance commercial was ever aired.)

Have I already said this before? Sorry.

 Kokoloco53 wrote:

What a great song. Gives my pause, nice thoughts, life is ok, kind of feeling. I like the cover, rabbit song deal. If you want to read the best, and possibly only long fantasy novel with rabbits that speak to each other, read Watership Down. Along with Lord of the Rings, it's about the only book that I read more than once. Watership Down is one of the very best books of all time for me personally. I also have a copy in Spanish which I've only read once, but I read the English copy every 2-3 years just to keep my life in proper perspective. Compared to rabbits, we humans have it way easy, though the social differences between rabbit warrens in this book actually mimic our own cultures in so many ways.


 

You might also enjoy Brian Jacques' Redwall series.
 fredriley wrote:
Nice bunny on the cover, though :o). Or is it a hare? The ears look a bit long, and the paws look a bit doglike. Maybe it's a GM hybrid...


Watch out for the fangs; that rabbit's dynamite!
Liberty Mutual — admit that the "pay it forward theme" is a stroke of genius for them.  The song is sweet.
 Jelani wrote:

Yeah, with all that phony pay it forward tripe, and fallacious introspective love thy neighbor posing.

 

{#Yes}
One of the first songs I remember RP turning me on to.  Thanks RP!  Still gives me chills....
 Kokoloco53 wrote:

What a great song. Gives my pause, nice thoughts, life is ok, kind of feeling. I like the cover, rabbit song deal. If you want to read the best, and possibly only long fantasy novel with rabbits that speak to each other, read Watership Down. Along with Lord of the Rings, it's about the only book that I read more than once. Watership Down is one of the very best books of all time for me personally. I also have a copy in Spanish which I've only read once, but I read the English copy every 2-3 years just to keep my life in proper perspective. Compared to rabbits, we humans have it way easy, though the social differences between rabbit warrens in this book actually mimic our own cultures in so many ways.

 
*sets trap*

What a great song. Gives my pause, nice thoughts, life is ok, kind of feeling. I like the cover, rabbit song deal. If you want to read the best, and possibly only long fantasy novel with rabbits that speak to each other, read Watership Down. Along with Lord of the Rings, it's about the only book that I read more than once. Watership Down is one of the very best books of all time for me personally. I also have a copy in Spanish which I've only read once, but I read the English copy every 2-3 years just to keep my life in proper perspective. Compared to rabbits, we humans have it way easy, though the social differences between rabbit warrens in this book actually mimic our own cultures in so many ways.


 FrankMc wrote:
The commercial mentioned below has a sort of sweet message about looking after our neighbors, saving one another from disasters of varying scale. Not sure what they are selling but they do a good job of saying, "Look out for each other."
 
Well said - it was one of those rare commercials that actually complements the song appropriated for it.


This was on a CD my teenage daughter burned for me a few years ago. For that simple reason, this is special to me. {#Sunny}

The whole CD is great, my daughter's favorite.  Very kind music.
 AliGator wrote on 8/28/2008:
OK, I can say it now. This was the processional for our wedding. I imagined it sometime in 2005. I made it happen on August 1, 2008.
 
I still love this song so much.

(I'm still married to n4ku)


 window wrote:
A stunning, beautiful song!  Thanks to Bill and RP for turning me on to this album many years ago.
 
Agreed.  I first heard it as background music during a voiceover on my local public radio station (WUFT).  It is just lovely.  I need to buy the CD...


thoroughly enjoying this
So glad I don't have television and have never seen the ad mentioned below: nothing to ruin this fabulous song for me! {#Smile}
Ok you guys, come clean ''Who's Got The Other Half'' ? ?  (Beautiful voice Beautiful song)


FrankMc wrote:
The commercial mentioned below has a sort of sweet message about looking after our neighbors, saving one another from disasters of varying scale. Not sure what they are selling but they do a good job of saying, "Look out for each other."
It was indeed Liberty Mutual, with the message of looking after neighbors. Beautiful, really. Some art is ugly and mean, some commercials are stirring and gorgeous. Defy those categories.

 sirdroseph wrote:
I am sorry, but the commercial has ruined this song for me! When I hear it all I can think of is Prudential insurance or whatever the product is!{#Eek}
 
Yeah, with all that phony pay it forward tripe, and fallacious introspective love thy neighbor posing.

A stunning, beautiful song!  Thanks to Bill and RP for turning me on to this album many years ago.
 fredriley wrote:

The fact that you can't remember the product/service being advertised shows that the advertisers have failed. Which is no bad thing. Luckily, I've not seen this ad (I video most progs and FF through the ads) so my experience of the song isn't ruined. It's pleasant enough, but a little on the dull side and doesn't stick in my brain. 5 from the Nottingham jury.  Nice bunny on the cover, though :o). Or is it a hare? The ears look a bit long, and the paws look a bit doglike. Maybe it's a GM hybrid...

 

You crack me up fredriley! 
 sirdroseph wrote:
I am sorry, but the commercial has ruined this song for me! When I hear it all I can think of is Prudential insurance or whatever the product is!{#Eek}
 
The fact that you can't remember the product/service being advertised shows that the advertisers have failed. Which is no bad thing. Luckily, I've not seen this ad (I video most progs and FF through the ads) so my experience of the song isn't ruined. It's pleasant enough, but a little on the dull side and doesn't stick in my brain. 5 from the Nottingham jury.  Nice bunny on the cover, though :o). Or is it a hare? The ears look a bit long, and the paws look a bit doglike. Maybe it's a GM hybrid...

So, is this Jem's second elder sister?
Total perfection.
The commercial mentioned below has a sort of sweet message about looking after our neighbors, saving one another from disasters of varying scale. Not sure what they are selling but they do a good job of saying, "Look out for each other."
Beautiful...
 stescott100 wrote:
is it me or does this sound like Joni Mitchell?

 
I'm with you on this - Looked thru comments to see if I was the only one.  :)

What's your policy?
A RP staple.  I like.
Unfortunately, the advertisers that used this song in whatever bank or insurance commercial it was did a pretty decent job.  I've only seen the commercial a couple of times, but listening to the song now always conjures images of a guy in a suit standing on the edge of Central Park, or some suburban driveway.  Brainwashing, I tell you!

 jersey_birdman wrote:
i guess i do not watch enough tv: not sure what ad this is from...  It's easy to listen to right now... 
 


always puts me at peace...even in the commercial.
i guess i do not watch enough tv: not sure what ad this is from...  It's easy to listen to right now... 
Blech!
 sirdroseph wrote:
I am sorry, but the commercial has ruined this song for me! When I hear it all I can think of is Prudential insurance or whatever the product is!{#Eek}
 
Agreed. I hate when songs are used for commercials like that. But it's nothing new:

(Damn, can't find it. Anyway, the Jefferson Airplane did a Levi's commercial, way back when)

 sirdroseph wrote:
I am sorry, but the commercial has ruined this song for me! When I hear it all I can think of is Prudential insurance or whatever the product is!{#Eek}
Your loss - having watched TV by way of Tivo for over 5 years, I haven't seen this "commercial" of which you speak. 
Sorry for the shameless plug for a local, albeit struggling company.
This whole album is wonderful.  Highly recommended.  There is also an interview of the artists here.
 sirdroseph wrote:
I am sorry, but the commercial has ruined this song for me! When I hear it all I can think of is Prudential insurance or whatever the product is!{#Eek}
 
Seconded. {#Sad}
I bought this CD, and it turned out to my (6 year old) daughter's favorite CD. Really gentle, beautiful music.
I love this song.
Simple as that.
 stescott100 wrote:
is it me or does this sound like Joni Mitchell?

 
There are times I was thinking the same thing, then it would shift and it clearly wasn't.

Don't mean to damn with faint praise but this is really nice . . . (really).
 stescott100 wrote:
is it me or does this sound like Joni Mitchell?

 

Not in this galaxy, but still very nice.

I am sorry, but the commercial has ruined this song for me! When I hear it all I can think of is Prudential insurance or whatever the product is!{#Eek}
I dont know, Bill, do you think this is  morning music? I dont think, the folks will get up quickly and awake soon!   


This is my daughter's favorite CD (she's 6) and she listens to it every night when going to sleep. Very deep, calming and beautiful.
I have loved this album since it's release and this is my song today.
very, very nice.
do you picture rabbits?
very nice voice
 jagdriver wrote:
This just really blows...even with my headphones off.
 
Gee... I think we get it, you don't like it.  Sheesh.  
Gillian Welch  -  Has a sort of sensibility similar to this artist.

 vit wrote:
Darn it yes!
 
{#Eh} Well then, I think you might prefer a rather obscure version of this album they put out, with a harder edge, called Heavy Metal Hares.

is it me or does this sound like Joni Mitchell?

peter_james_bond wrote:

What....do you feel hemmed in?


Darn it yes!

What a fabulous album
 raulman1 wrote:
God, this song is heart-achingly beautiful . . . {#Sunny} (and I'm glad that I heard it here on RP long before it was featured in that insurance company commercial.)

 
I agree. Funny that I or you can't remember the name of the insurance company that was using it for advertising. Would that be bad advertising or just a bad memory?

God, this song is heart-achingly beautiful . . . {#Sunny} (and I'm glad that I heard it here on RP long before it was featured in that insurance company commercial.)

 jagdriver wrote:
Sheesh.... this song again?
 

{#Iamwithstupid}
 jagdriver wrote:
Sheesh.... this song again?
 
What....do you feel hemmed in?