The Measure

by Marion Halliday

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Song written for a friend's project to create a seasonal compilation album of original music to support Philly area non-profits. To hear the complete album, go to

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Late on the longest night of the year
In total darkness, you just see the fear
What is the measure of what I have done
One year to another on and on

How do I greet it, beginning or end?
Like an old lover and no-longer friend?
What is the measure of what I have done
One year to another on and on

All I can hope for is a life well lived
That I might treasure the love that I give
No shame in failing so long as I’ve tried
Living in the here and now, true to what’s inside
True to what’s inside

What is the measure of what I might be
One year to another the mystery,
The mystery

Late on the longest night of the year
Out of the darkness the light reappears
The light reappears
The light reappears


released November 24, 2020
Song Composed by Marion Halliday

Performed by:
Marion Halliday: Vocals, Guitar
Jane Halliday: Viola da Gamba
Howie Gano: Piano, Percussion, Ensemble string arrangements

Mixed and Mastered by Howie Gano at Louisville Recording Arts
Produced by Marion Halliday and Howie Gano


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Marion Halliday Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Songwriter Marion Halliday is proud purveyor of her own special blend of bluegrass and bourbon-infused original women- powered, Americana. Marion, a Kentucky native, now living in Philly, writes on a range of contemporary as well as historical topics. Marion plays solo as well as with her band, Trickster Sister, comprised of Jane Halliday on fiddle and Donna Bostock on bass. ... more

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