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I write songs from a place of inner awareness and deep-seated feeling.
But mostly, I write from a place of love.
As I said to Janis Ian when graced with her presence briefly after her concert at the Garde Arts Center in New London, her music, heart and soul somehow gave me permission to write and sing. Mostly to sing. Because I do not have a voice that justifies its own existence. I have a range. I write for it. The rest comes.
I guess, though, that in fact somewhere along the line four or five years ago I gave myself permission to write and sing. Regularly. For real.
This song seems to be asking permission. Yet it blends spiritual and earthly love in a way that is different from most of what I write.
Hope you like it. Let me know what you think.
Say You’ll Love Me
I am going down the mountain
I am finding my own way
Looking back on sudden sorrow
In the winds of yesterday
I am holding onto something
That I knew was never mine
And it makes me sad to know it
But I think that it’s a sign
Tell me why
Tell me when
Say you’ll love me
I’ll say, ‘Amen.’
God is riding in the breezes
God is hiding in your eyes
And the devil’s in the details
But it makes us sure and wise
If I knew where I was going
I would take you out that way
But it’s raining til tomorrow
So I’ll kiss you for today. (refrain)
Grieving’s part of daily passing
Gladness comes fast from behind
If you merge the two together
You never know what you will find
Giving is the spirit’s window
Claiming love imbues the soul
With a quiet mind that’s loving
And a heart both young and old (refrain)