Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mine (Walk Beside Me) (Song)


I've never been any good at writing love songs. I actually wrote the first verse and chorus of this song years ago, but it never really went anywhere. Somehow it was processing our mortality together that inspired me to finish it. As much as the grief of probable mortality is stabbed into the heart of our love, and as much as there is much sadness, it also brings the joy and wonder I feel for her into a vivid relief. There is a delight in moments we share that is just as sharp as the grief, and I want as much as possible to lean into that delight as we walk through this season. This is my attempt to express that.

Lyrics:
I never had the secret to making pulses race
But when I cracked a joke you laughed like it was saving grace
They said you had gone crazy, that we were much too young
But we said “I do,” and hallelujah, look at all we've done

Walk beside me, slip your hand in mine
We've had a little too much wine
And you're giving every sign
That you want me to
Kiss you baby
Like it's the first time
And you'll stay by my side
Our arms and hearts entwined
So glad that you are mine

I was half disbelieving, we're only ten years in
But the doctors, they are leaving so the crying can begin
The jokes that came so easy are ashes on my tongue
But I'll be there to hold you till the final parting comes

Walk beside me, slip your hand in mine
We'll had a little too much wine
And you'll give me every sign
That you want me to
Kiss you baby
Till it's the last time
But I'll stay by your side
Our arms and hearts entwined
So glad that you've been mine

And now the end is drawing near
We'll face the grave and face our tears
And it's not nearly long enough, but it's sublime
We mocked the storms and cursed the rain
Made love in laughter and in pain
And having seen it all, I'd still ask you to

Walk beside me, till we're out of time
I'll write you silly rhymes
And you'll say they're divine
I'll never give up trying

As long as you  

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