adventures in dysthymia

Friday, April 29, 2016

Riddle Songs

BRAND NEW DAY – a song by Mean Mary

If I gave an inch
and asked to go for a mile,
would you cross that sea
to carry me
forever and a while?
If I close my eyes,
If I close them tight,
would you stand near,
stay right here,
and make my darkness bright?

Would you marry me
before you kiss me?
Would you wait for me
before I’m gone?
Would you celebrate
all the things I should have won,
and start a brand new day with me,
before the old day’s done?

If we lost it all,
if we had no home,
all the world would see
is you and me
together on the road.
And if we lost our way
in life’s blowing sands,
all the world would see
is you and me
in a desert, holding hands.

Would you marry me
before you kiss me?
Would you wait for me
before I’m gone?
Would you celebrate
all the things I should have won,
and start a brand new day with me,
before the old day’s done?

a song by ‘Mean Mary’ James from her album ‘Sweet’ ©2016 

I had to share this lyric (not that there are not plenty of other good ones on her new album release) by my niece, Mary James. All her own (some she co-writes with her mother, Jean James) , lyric and music. A riddle song --- which made me think of a riddle song/poem I wrote and tucked into the first Donzalo's Destiny novel, THE SONG OF THE SWORD. Who knows, maybe I inspired Mary to turn her hand to a riddle song of her own. :)

Be that as it may, it did inspire me back to pull out my effort and decide maybe it should have music. A couple of the song pieces in the Donzalo books do have music. The song that actually inspired the title of the novel, 'The Song of the Sword,' was written well before I started in on the book. And I sometimes play a song I wrote for one of the later novels, titled 'I Who Was Young.' I'll probably trot it out in public someday.

I am working on some sort of tune on this one right now. Maybe it should have a title too, huh?

What shadow does a shadow cast?
How long does forever last?
Where sleeps the wind before it blows?
Where is love when it goes?

If I passed beyond the sea,
would you wait and watch for me?
If I crossed the mountains high,
would you pray for wings to fly?

Who am I without my name?
Are the gods or we to blame?
Why must dreams fade with the dawn?
Where is love once it is gone?

If I passed beyond the sea,
would you wait and watch for me?
If I crossed the mountains high,
would you pray for wings to fly?

Could a man count every star?
Why are all things as they are?
Do you love me when you sleep?
Answer these or silence keep.

Stephen Brooke ©2013

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