From the album I Carry Your Heart - Alexis Cole Sings Pepper Adams
For Cannonball Adderley:
Within the beat he drove his sound
from the cannon out to the stars.
He never knew fangs of fame.
For they played Mercy Mercy
under his spell;
they played it well.
Within his heart he struck a match,
lit the wick, preserving the flame,
and Cannonball became his name.
Never was the end in sight. It never came;
he flew so high he never died.
And the music is now, now burnished bright.
Note follows note to be reborn.
The sounds in tune do a free fall
into the folds, the folds of time.
Oh shine on gold and silver horns,
staying true beyond all remorse.
Your inner breath beats so true.
Now untamed to the lonely soul,
too wild to lose, or to live without.