Sanna Songbird | Always on the Road

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Always on the Road

by Sanna Songbird

An acapella multi-vocal track telling the compelling story of a Santiago pilgrim moving through the Pyrenees mountains in winter. The proceeds from all downloads for this track are for the benefit of this pilgrim - read her story below!
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Always on the Road
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Album Notes
Imagine this… You’re hiking to Santiago de Compostela. But you are not alone – you are with your two horses. After a journey filled with challenges, wonderful encounters and painful confrontations, you reach Santiago. Now imagine that you continue your journey through Spain by car, your horses in a trailer behind your jeep. And your car starts to break down… while you are driving in a snowy mountain highway tunnel. Despite your panic, you manage to make it to safety, with sweaty palms and a racing heart.

But this incident starts to repeat itself and your car keeps failing on you, putting you and your horses in danger several times. Then you discover that your car has a manufacturing defect that renders it useless for the purpose that you bought it for – to tow a heavy horse trailer through the mountains. You are stuck: you have no permanent place to stay and over and over you have to get back on the road with your potentially lethal car, because you spent your savings on it and have no money left to buy another. The manufacturer, meanwhile, is refusing all cooperation – you are on your own. Makes your blood pressure rise just thinking about it, doesn’t it?

This is the story of my friend Mirjam Voets. Together with Meknes and Nikka she hiked hundreds of miles, all three on foot. Santiago, however, was never the goal of their journey. They had set out to meet inspiring people and interesting projects. On Facebook, Mirjam shared both the good and the not so good experiences she had on her trip, and so came to inspire people herself with her openness and authenticity.

Her terrifying experience inspired my new song Always on the Road, the first of the four songs I have been working on these past few months. Luckily, Mirjam is very resourceful and incredibly brave. She asked for help on her Facebook page, offering her services in exchange for financial support on the purchase of a small horse truck. Mirjam is a coach and horse trainer, and works from a place of empathy and connection to make a better world for horses and their humans.

If you happen to be in Portugal and you would like to work with Mirjam, you can contact her on If, on the other hand, you happen to be not in Portugal and you would still like to help, you can download Always on the Road. Of every download, about 1.5 euros will go to Mirjams cause. She’ll be happy, you’ll be happy because you’ll have a lovely song to listen to (and that’ll make me happy, too). This offer will stand until Mirjam gets her truck.

Always on the road

Stranded on a highway
With a heavy load
I am going my way
I am always on the road
Some days are heaven, some are hell
My heart has learned its lesson well
Sempre no camiño
Always on the road


There’s no easy answer
There’s no wrong or right
There is only me and
my two shadows and their light
So up we climb and down we go
through pouring rain and heavy snow
Sempre no camiño
Always on the road


Over lonely mountains
Winter drawing near
On this road we all dance
With our sorrow and our fear
Like monsters in a deep dark hole
But I won’t let them steal my soul

Sempre no camiño
Always on the road
Sempre no camiño
Always on the road



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