acceptance

Song #37: Always

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I was browsing some work by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda this week and came across his piece "Always." It spoke of acceptance, forgiveness, patience and desire and I found myself blown away by how much depth was communicated in a few simple words. Although it was not my intention to add anything to his poem or write a companion song, I did use it as inspiration and borrowed several of the ideas and images for this week's song.

See Pablo Neruda's "Always" here. 

PLAY:

LYRICS:

everyone has their story

all the people they carry

on their shoulders, in their hair

scores of lovers and families

children born and dead buried

and the fear you think I care

 

bring it all to where i'm waiting for you

 

there's wake of destruction

behind every someone

it's just the way it is

so you can come as you are, dear

wear it proud like a scar, dear

it's just the way it is

 

bring it all to where i'm waiting for you

 

and in this holy union

watch the fire burn up all that lied in ruins

and we will stand, alone,

always

Song #11: All of It

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Turn on any pop radio these days and you're likely to hear Bruno Mars crooning about how his girl is "amazing... just the way [she is]."

While it's a great song, what irks me is that he praises only her wonderful qualities and how great he makes her feel. The thing is - once you get past the initial stages of dating, no one is all bubbles and unicorns all the time - even the most beautiful woman on the planet. Once lusty attraction turns into a committed relationship, some of the more... hidden... sides of our character start to rear their heads. This is where love begins to replace lust: when we begin to accept and even love ALL that makes someone who they are, rough edges and all.

I thought it'd be fun to write an honest song that challenged the Bruno Mars track - praising a lover's "shadow side" and loving someone TRULY "just the way they are."

PLAY: 

LYRICS:

I could write a thousand lines

about your hair, about your smile

it's true you are beautiful the way that you are

but we've all got our shadow side:

bad mood and fears and age-worn lines

and just as many times as you make me laugh,

you can be a real pain in the ass

 

your tears mix with makeup and create a mess

you're out late with friends sending drunken texts

you kick back at home in old baggy sweats

and I just can't get enough of you

 

and I choose all of it

I'll take all of you

if it weren't for all of it,

you wouldn't be you,

and I wouldn't know what to do

 

the worst thing I could ever dream

is your compromising anything for me

you were fine before you even knew my name

so don't you dare go change a thing

or settle for less than amazing

and I promise you that I'll do the same

 

so what if it's been months since you touched a broom

and damn girl if you can't clear a room

I just can't get enough of you

 

and I choose all of it

I'll take all of you

if it weren't for all of it,

you wouldn't be you,

and I wouldn't know what to do

 

you sure clean up nice when you go out to dance

but I like you in that tank top and those yoga pants

it's safe to say I'm your biggest fan

and I just can't get enough of you

 

I choose all of it

I'll take all of you

If it weren't for all of it,

you wouldn't be you,

and I wouldn't know what,

no i wouldn't know what to do

Song #3: Behind the Scenes

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Intimacy is nakedness. Letting someone in to see our true, unpolished selves takes trust and transparency. It's a beautiful thing indeed when in that vulnerability we find ourselves accepted, flaws and all.

"Behind the Scenes" was inspired by a conversation I had with a good friend. The first stanza is based on an analogy he mentioned in passing. I was inspired, took it from there and ran with it.

Make sure you let it play through the bridge [2:45]: that's where things really pick up!

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LYRICS:

there is a stage and there is a curtain

outside's the show, but hey don't you know:

that behind the scenes things ain't what they seem

the cards are all shown, the tricks are exposed

 

we do our dance, we put the act on

out under bright lights, out on the stage

but all that's the show, there's something secret

behind the scenes, come back with me

 

when the lights go down 

and the walls come down

and there is an ending to all the pretending

I'll let you in

come see my sin

where all is uncovered is where the true lovers live

 

let's take it off, take off the makeup

take off our clothes, 'til all is exposed

I'll show you mine, if you show me yours

back behind the scenes, where it's just you and me

 

when the lights go down  

and the walls come down 

and there is an ending to all the pretending 

I'll let you in 

come see my sin 

where all is uncovered is where the true lovers live

 

a place of refuge where naught is forbidden

where trust is drunk freely and nothing is hidden

where you can be you without bullshit pretension

where baggage is welcome and girl did I mention

that behind the curtain there's no condescension

we'll reveal more than a stripper convention

and no matter what you still get my attention

I guess that's what love's all about 

 

when the lights go down  

and the walls come down 

there is an ending to all the pretending 

I'll let you in 

come see my sin 

where all is uncovered is where the true lovers live