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This song arises from our family trips deep into Denali National Park. The veiling and unveiling of Denali’s face by the weather she creates around her makes her presence seem mystically regal.

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DENALI
©2016 Mary Elaine Mahon/Six Pelicans Publishing, BMI

Rising o’er the lowlands over 18,000 feet
She surpasses Everest in vertical relief
She thrusts her grand granitic dome into the Arctic sky then
Wraps the weather round her, disappears before your eyes

(Chorus) When she lifts her veil to show her face
It feels like grace, it feels like grace
She weaves her mystic spell in time and space
Then vanishes without a trace

The midnight sun is circling low, she steps into its light
Her pale face flushed with Alpenglow, she is a wondrous sight
O'er the grand Alaska Range Denali reigns as queen and
All that gaze upon her know that she commands the scene

(Chorus) When she lifts her veil to show her face
It feels like grace, it feels like grace
She weaves her mystic spell in time and space
Then vanishes without a trace

More than forty climbers lie lost upon her slopes
It was not within her power to fulfill their dreams and hopes
When winter comes she’ll take them deep into the Arctic night
To dance beneath the polar stars and shimmering northern lights

Then she lifts her veil to show her face
To gaze on all in her embrace
She weaves her mystic spell in time and space
Then vanishes without a trace

Denali, I sing
Denali, I sing
Denali, I sing … Denali

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from REACH FOR THE STARS, track released February 3, 2017
Lead Vocal & Acoustic Guitar: Elaine Mahon
Bass: Lon Williamson
Cello: Hannah Alkire
Vocal Harmonies: Penny Nichols & Elaine Mahon
Vocal Harmony Arrangements: Penny Nichols

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Elaine Mahon Gainesville, Florida

With her 2017 release, REACH FOR THE STARS, Elaine Mahon has written a collection of songs that evoke a sense of wonder while inspiring hope and offering empowerment. Mahon's songs reflect her perspective as an astronomer, while remaining deeply rooted in the natural world we all live in. Mahon performs solo at festivals, venues and house concerts in Florida and throughout the Southeastern US. ... more

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