lyrics: i’ll give you my wings

feels like dying feels like bliss
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if I didn’t sigh i’d be lying
if I tried to hide how I care
out on this road there’s bound to be crying
there’s a way of becoming sincere

I have argued and i’ve complained
but now I say yes to you
I want to learn to listen to you
I don’t care about my point of view
I don’t care about my point of view

there’s nothing cheap about having this
you’re gonna burn if you want this kiss
the moth sees the flame and he can’t resist
it feels like dying, it feels like bliss

i’ve been so restless, I couldn’t settle down
there’s been no place I feel at home
all i’ve been doing is looking for you
and you’ve been here all along

I stop running when I feel you near
you make it feel fine to stay
you touch me with the sun, you bless me with the rain
and you walk me into the day
you walk me into the day

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out on the roof, I hear the night crickets calling
i’m feeling the moon on my skin
all that I love will be gone in the morning
but now all I love is right here
now all I love is right here

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there’s a light
(for bill b.)
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you fed us
because we were hungry
the food was there
it was simple to you

you gave us a way
to care for each other
from our parched hearts
we thank you

in this ocean of need
this endless chorus of cries
you never forget, you always see
one face at a time

there’s a light
there’s a light
always here, looking through
every pair of eyes

so what is it we see
when we meet each other
who in us decides who gets tossed away

we want to get where we are going
but the broken slow us down
we don’t get that where we’re going is the grave

can we love what is broken
can we see that our true fortune
is what happens to our hearts along this way

we lay under the stars that night
you said you were tired
you gave to the ground
what you have carried all these years

there’s a time
there’s a time
when we can feel the One who’s here
beyond the silent sky

one day you’ll lay down this load
you have been beautiful and strong
and you know that love will last
after we are gone

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so where are we now my friend
what is the season
can you feel the stream carrying your life

you know what you are doing
and you know what’s going on
and what can pass between us every moment of the day

may you dwell here among us
may we feel your smile
may you feel the One who brought you here is near

there’s a light
there’s a light
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bow you down
learn to lose
that’s what love
will do for you

kiss the ground
take off your shoes
don’t be proud
let love have its way with you

my blood and bones
alive for you
lay down my life
that’s what I want to do
raise up my life and
live for you

the time will come
when you will know
what is real
and what we’re here for

the night is clear
the caravan waits
take up your load
we’re on our way

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dare to love
brave enough to care
walk out the door
into this world out here

let you touch, let you kiss, let you feel
let yourself be new
give it all, give it all,
it never did belong to you

chorus

pray for love
give yourself to love

 

i’ll give you my wings

let’s be real​​​​​​​​​​
there isn’t much time
there’s nothing to fear here
nothing to hide

let it all drop away
your image, your pride
then see who looks out at you
from deep inside

if you want to breathe the air of freedom
you’re going to want to give yourself away
love something greater than your little kingdom
that crumbles into dust in a day

can you feel me
lay your light on my face
let me know you
before I pass away
I want to touch you
reach my hand through the sky
i’ll give you my wings
so you can fly

let’s make a promise
think really hard
then whisper the vow you make
into your heart

give it your whole life
give it your care
let something matter to you
while you are here

if you want to breathe the air of freedom
you’re going to want to give yourself away
love something greater than your little kingdom
that crumbles into dust in a day

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where does the dawn come from
what is the sign
how do we know it’s coming
here in the night

i’m certain of something
I can’t see and can’t say
my love of that something
won’t go away

it’s time for us to pay close attention
someone is arriving as we speak
who only wants to know our intention
will we give up what we think for what we seek

can you feel me
lay your light on my face
let me know you
before I pass away
I want to touch you
reach my hand through the sky
i’ll give you my wings
i’ll give you my wings
i’ll give you my wings
so you can fly

 

stay awake with me
(new arrangement)
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who will listen to the rain
who will rise to greet the dawn
who will touch my waking skin
and taste the snowflakes on your tongue

who will sanctify life’s pain
who’ll redeem the heartless storm
who’ll walk slowly with the lame
and love us when we’re not young

stay awake with me
stay awake with me
I need your eyes to see
patiently, faithfully
will you stay awake with me

how do hearts grow glad again
and ripen till they’re sweet and strong
how do hearts forget their clever skin
and stand here with nothing on

it’s those who know where joy begins
and who remember freedom’s song
it’s those who stand in this cold wind
with the face of perfect calm

tell me honestly
will you wait with me
who knows how long it might be
patiently, faithfully
will you stay awake with me

who will listen to the rain
who will smile when springtime comes
who will sit in the darkest night
and know the midnight sun

stay awake with me
stay awake with me
I need your eyes to see
patiently, faithfully
will you stay awake with me

 

it’s all in the waiting

I said to my soul be still
and wait, wait without hope
for hope would be hope for the wrong thing
hope would be hope for the wrong thing
and wait without love, wait without love
for love would be love for the wrong thing

there is yet faith
there is still love and hope
but they are all in the waiting

there is yet faith
there is still love and hope
but they are all in the waiting

lyrics T.S. Eliot (slightly edited)

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Photo: John O’Neill

 

promise of the dawn

in the swinging of the branches
in the flying of the birds
and in the running of the water, Beloved
I see Thy waving hand, bidding me good-bye
I see Thy waving hand Beloved

in the cooing of the wind
in the roaring of the sea
and in the crashing of the thunder, Beloved
I see Thee weep and I hear Thy cry
I see Thee weep and I hear Thy cry

in the promise of the dawn
in the breaking of the morn
in the smiles of the rose, Beloved
I see Thy joy, I see Thy joy
at my homecoming

words by Hazrat Inayat Khan
music by Stephen Smith