Nashville Singer/Songwriter Inspired by Seneca White Deer

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Nashville area singer/songwriter and musician, Cathy Lynn Wilson, has written and recorded an original piece, “The Archer” and dedicated it to the effort to save the Seneca White Deer. The song tells the story of a hunter who encounters a white stag deep in the forest.

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“Hopefully, this will be something that might encourage people to value the preservation of the white deer herd and other animals and the property at the Depot,” said Cathy, referring to Seneca White Deer, Inc.’s effort to acquire a portion of the former Seneca Army Depot to establish an ecotourism center that would protect and preserve the world’s largest heard of white, white-tailed deer.

Cathy Wilson is a native of Cookeville, TN, in the outskirts of the Nashville area. She has a flair for conveying her passion and life perspective through folk and Celtic ballads. She has taught guitar and songwriting in area art and performance schools, performed locally, as well as “spent a lot of time writing music over the years,” she said. Her music is inspired by faith, family, friends, and the hills of Tennessee. More of Cathy Lynn’s Music is available at reverbnation.com/cathylynnwilsonmusic and soundcloud.com/CathyWilson.

The song in turn inspired her friend and artist Adrienne Stone to create a painting for the song’s cover art. According to Adrienne, “My painting, inspired by Cathy Wilson’s song ‘The Archer,’ is my contribution to the Seneca White Deer Inc.” More of her work is available on her website at adriennestone.com.

 

THE ARCHER

 

The archer, and the arrow, and the bow

Went high into the mountains full of snow

He said I’ll kill the greatest stag alive,

And we will have a hearty feast tonight.

Oh, oh, oh, oh. 

 

He left before the breaking of the dawn.

And he waited in silence for so long.

But at last the stag appeared from deep within,

The dense forest haven he lived in.

Oh, oh, oh, oh. 

 

The archer sat in silence,

And he marveled at the sight,

Of the stag so majestic, 

Like a warrior dressed in white.

His passion for the hunt

Had always driven him to score. 

But the beauty of the creature

Never conquered him before.

 

The archer, empty-handed 

Finally turned, homeward bound.

Picked up the bow and arrow 

That he laid there on the ground. 

And though he had no prize,

He was fully satisfied,

In awe and admiration

For the warrior clothed in white. 

 

The archer, and the arrow, and the bow

Went high into the mountains full of snow

He said I’ll kill the greatest stag alive,

And we will have a hearty feast tonight.

Oh, oh, oh, oh. 

 

Lyrics and music by Cathy Lynn Wilson, copyright 2015, *Used with permission.