High On A Mountain

Lyrics: Ola Belle Read, Brian Lesh
Music: Ola Belle Read, Phil Lesh

Introduced by Furthur in 2010. Brian Lesh had this to say about the origins:

"High On A Mountain is another song that follows in the same tradition as ‘The Mountain Song’. Originally written by Ola Belle Reed, the song has had many incarnations in the country and gospel genres. Knowing how incredibly powerful traditional songs can be (see; I Know You Rider, Long Black Veil, etc.), my dad came up with a beautiful new rendition of the song. However, the one problem was that the song was too short. Ola Belle Reed’s version only had two verses, and the universe doesn’t allow Furthur to play a song under five minutes long. I was given the honor of solving this problem, and soon came up with three new verses. While the original song was something of a sad love story, I aimed for a different type of love, that of brothers. Working on this song was an incredible experience, and I hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
These are the lyris sung by Furthur:
Chorus
High on a mountain, standing all alone
Wondering where the years of my life have flown
High on a mountain, wind blowing free
Dreamin’ on the days that used to be

As I look at the valleys far below
They are green just as far as I can see
As my memories return, oh how my heart does yearn
For you and the days that used to be

(chorus)

To my brother I said, 'brother walk with me
Roam above and beyond the whisperin' trees
We can climb the highest mountain, the whole world for to see
If only you would come and walk with me'

I remember the way he grew his hair
And the way he could melt away despair
With a smile on his face, made our climb into a race
Dreamin' of days that were to be

(chorus)

So lonesome did this mountain seem to be
The day that your spirit caught the breeze
As I sit here all alone, like a child on a throne
I wonder what I now am 'sposed to be

Oh, I wonder where in heaven you might be
And if love has preserved your memory
As I listen to the breeze whisper gently through the trees
I will always cherish what you mean to me

(chorus)
As Brian Lesh says, Ola Belle Reed sang only two verses:
High on a mountain, wind blowing free
Wondering about the days that used to be
High on a mountain, standing all alone
Wondering where the years of my life have flown

As I looked at the valleys down below
They were green just as far as I could see
As my memories returned, oh how my heart did yearn
For you and the days that used to be

Oh, I wonder if you ever think of me
Or if time has blotted out your memory
As I listen to that breeze whisper gently through the trees
I will always cherish what you mean to me

High on a mountain, wind blowing free
Thinking about the days that used to be
High on a mountain, standing all alone
Wondering where the years of my life have flown