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Alone

I love ‘Heart’ – two very talented sisters from the Great Northwest – who have performed together for 30+ years.  They are still magic after all these years.  Here are Ann and Nancy Wilson in a live performance singing their legendary song, ‘Alone’.

You will have to watch it on youtube – just follow the link.

Enjoy!

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Concrete Sky

The artist is Beth Orton.  Love the guitar on this song.  Love the lyrics too – very expressive.  Don’t you just love a song – where you can actually identify with what’s being said?  Somehow these lyrics make total sense to me – it’s like something I would write – because it talks about life, heartache, remorse, and resignation.  It’s a lot like real life, isn’t it?

Enjoy!

Faith has a good side still everyone she ever loved they all turned bad
Constance his own way of breathing and you know
You couldn’t will him to survive
Couldn’t will him if you tried

And there’s a concrete sky
Falling from the trees again and I know now why
It’s not coming round too soon
It’s harder than a heartbreak too

I’ve seen your good side but I still don’t know just what it is
That you might want
See you’ve got your own way of moving
And you know you could save me
Save my soul, I’ll save some for you
Oh my soul, feel like I’m falling feel like I’m falling
And there’s a concrete sky
Falling from the trees again and I know now why
It’s not coming round too soon, it’s harder than a heartbreak too
It’s tough enough what love will do

So much time gets lost in my mind
But I know now what I must rely on
It’s a sound and forgetting, ain’t the worst thing
I’ve been out walking don’t do too much talking
Don’t take too much time, wouldn’t take all your time
Cause it’s as precious as mine –  Save my soul, I’ll save some for you
Save your soul feel like I’m falling feel like I’m falling
And there’s a concrete sky
Falling from the trees again and I know now why
It’s not coming round too soon, it’s harder than a heartbreak too
It’s tough enough what love will do
And you’re as precious as mine
And you’re as precious as mine…

I Belong

It’s so nice to know.

God Bless

What About The Love?

A song that was written 30 years ago – but is still relevant today – the lyrics are hauntingly real and VERY convicting.

 

God Bless

What About the Love?
Written by Kye Fleming, and
Janis Ian

I went to see my sister.
She was staying with a friend
Who had turned into a preacher
To save the world from sin.
He said, "First deny your body,
And then learn to submit.
Pray to be made worthy,
And tithe your ten percent."
I said, "Is this all there is,
Just the letter of the law?"
Something's wrong.
I went to see my brother
On the 32nd floor
Of a building down on Wall Street;
You could hear the future's roar.
He said, "Here we make decisions,
And we trade commodities;
If you tell me where there's famine,
I can make you guarantees."
I said, "Is this all there is,
Power to the strong?"
Something's wrong.
Something's wrong in heaven tonight.
You can almost hear them cry.
Angels to the left and the right,
Saying, "What about the love?
What about the love?
What about the love?"
I went to see my neighbor.
He'd been taken to a home
For the weak and the discarded
Who have no place to go.
He said, "Here I lack for nothing;
I am fed and I am clothed.
But at times I miss the freedom
I used to know."
I said, "Is this all there is,
When your usefulness is gone?"
Something's wrong.
Something's wrong in heaven tonight.  (Something's wrong.)
[From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/a/amy-grant-lyrics/what-about-the-love-lyrics.html]
You can almost hear them cry.         (Cry.)
Angels to the left and the right,
Saying, "What about the love?
What about the love?
What about the love?"
(Yeah, yeah, yeah....)
(Yeah.)
(Yeah.)
I looked into the mirror,             (Yeah.)
Proud as I could be,                  (Yeah.)
And I saw my pointing finger          (Yeah.)
Pointing back at me,
Saying, "Who named you accuser?       (Yeah.)
Who gave you the scales?"             (Yeah.)
I hung my head in sorrow;             (Yeah.)
I could almost feel the nails.
I said, "This is how it is
To be crucified and judged
Without love."
Something's wrong in heaven tonight.  (Something's wrong.)
You can almost hear them cry.         (Cry.)
Angels to the left and the right,
Saying, "What about the love?
What about the love?
What about the love of God?"
Something's wrong in heaven tonight.  (Something's wrong.)
You can almost hear them cry.         (Cry.)
Angels to the left and the right,
Saying, "What about the love?"
What about the love?
What about the love of God?"
Something's wrong in heaven tonight.  (Something's wrong.)
You can almost hear them cry.         (Cry.)
Angels to the left and the right,
Saying, "What about the love?
What about the love?
What about the love...?"

Loving Arms

love

Image by Robert Scales via Flickr

A couple of years ago – in this season of the year –  this song by Darden Smith would come across my Pandora radio.  I remember stopping and absorbing the lyrics while I was reading other blogs, writing or chatting with friends online.  This song was one that brought comfort and validation during a troubled time.  Even now as I listen to it – I am reminded of God‘s faithfulness and His grace.   And though it is very much a ‘love song’ from a man to a woman – I also imagine that it is my ‘love song’ to my heavenly Father.  I know that whenever I question, stumble and fail – I can always run to His loving arms. And that He will always be there.

I hope that this song will speak to you as it has to me.  That  no matter what this life brings or what joys and troubles  find you – that you will always know that you can  run to Him and His loving arms.

This video was my first attempt at  ‘movie maker’  – I wanted to bring this great version of his song with the lyrics to youtube.com – so that you could also enjoy it.

 

God Bless

Famous Blue Raincoat

Famous Blue Raincoat (album)

Image via Wikipedia

I first heard this song several years ago – as a ‘cover‘ of the song written and sung by the legendary Leonard Cohen.  The artist is Tori Amos.  I remember the lyrics – thought-provoking and deep – and the beautiful arrangement on the piano.  A song that you can listen to many times and get something different every time.  It is a song for every man – it is universal.

Who is the man in the ‘Blue Raincoat’?  Is he a long-lost friend – or foe?  We will never really know.  But there seems to be an emotional attachment that the three people in these lyrics share.  And although a picture is painted with words – and are special in their own way  – Leonard Cohen said, “I was never really happy with the lyrics – they never felt finished to me”.   In them I see  many images and pictures – and you can slip into the story and mystery of his feelings and even get lost in the story and in your own imagination.   Great lyrics always tell a story – and are usually born out of someone’s experience.  And these ones are.

Cohen said that it was many years ago when written (more than 40 now) and that it involved a triangle relationship between his then girlfriend and another man.  The relationship is sketchy – but there was enough relationship between the two men – that he wrote him a letter.  The man was not his brother but probably a good friend – and the woman was not his wife – but a girlfriend.  The lyrics work better with wife – so he used it.  He had to resign himself to the past – accept it – and allow her to do the same.  He had to come to terms with his own jealousy – either real or imagined.

It is a song about dealing with the past. It is a song about coping with the memory of  that past.  It is about the timeless struggle to feel emotion – and  be allowed to feel.

But it’s more than that.  It’s about a journey into self discovery. His own – and hers.

It is also about resignation – it is about giving up control. It is about self-realization that the past does not need to cast a shadow over the present and future.  It is about letting gogiving in and learning to cope with things that you can’t always understand.

The past is what it is – you can’t change it – you can only come to terms with it.  And learn how to deal with it.  It’s called – life.

And sometimes, writing a letter to a ‘blue raincoat’ in your life – is a good way to do that.

One of my favorites – hope you enjoy it!

It’s four in the morning, the end of December
I’m writing you now just to see if you’re better
New York is cold, but I like where I’m living
There’s music on Clinton Street all through the evening.

I hear that you’re building your little house deep in the desert
You’re living for nothing now, I hope you’re keeping some kind of record.

Yes, and Jane came by with a lock of your hair
She said that you gave it to her
That night that you planned to go clear
Did you ever go clear?

Ah, the last time we saw you looked so much older
Your famous blue raincoat was torn at the shoulder
You’d been to the station to meet every train
And you came home alone without Lili Marlene

And you treated my woman to a flake of your life
And when she came back she was nobody’s wife.

Well I see you there with the rose in your teeth
One more thin gypsy thief
Well I see Jane’s awake

She sends her regards.
And what can I tell you my brother, my killer
What can I possibly say?
I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you
I’m glad you stood in my way.

If you ever come by here, for Jane – no – for me
Your enemy is sleeping, and his woman is free.

Thanks, for the trouble you took from her eyes
I thought it was there for good so I never tried.

And Jane came by with a lock of your hair
She said that you gave it to her
That night that you planned to go clear

Sincerely L Cohen

Remember Yesterday

Heard a great song on Pandora Radio yesterday sung by Joshua Payne called “Remember Yesterday”  and tried in vain to find the youtube video for it!

These lyrics are powerful and the music haunting.  It got me thinking – as I have been a little ‘nostalgic’ in the past day or two.  Oh you know what I mean – you hear something or see something and you remember. Usually it’s a great memory from something in your past that makes you smile – but sometimes it makes you sad.

I kept journals in high school and still have them.  As I was thumbing through them the other day I was reminded that much of me – what I was doing and thinking – is in those journals – my past.  It is important to see where we’ve come from in order to fully embrace the present and then to see clearly – the future. I cannot simply dismiss events and people in my past – just because they are no longer a part of it. It doesn’t always work that way in our heart and emotions.  Instead I salute  those things and people who brought me to this point.  And if I am a little melancholy some days – it’s okay.  It means I loved deeply – and miss special people who made a difference in my life.

Remember  Yesterday

Nothing ever lasts for long
I can’t believe the time is gone
I’ve tried all I know to say
I can’t give up on yesterday

Searching all my life
Finding love to make it right
Loving you I found a way
Take me back to yesterday

And love, learning how to hold the time
And knowing you I’ve come to find
That even if we let it slip away
It won’t be long
Love will remember yesterday

Giving over to the sand
A solid room to hold you in
Promises my love to stay
But I won’t give up yesterday

And stretching out across the miles
Horses running in the wild
Beckon the moon to keep you safe
Don’t give up on yesterday

And love learning how to hold the time
And knowing you I’ve come to find
That even if we let it slip away
It won’t be long
And I know it won’t be

Nothing ever lasts for long
I can’t believe the time is gone
I’ve tried all I know to say
Love will remember yesterday
I can’t give up

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