Song-of-the-Week #17: Love Behind the Word

This song was commissioned by someone for a new love in their life. I drew upon their story and my own love learnings to create the song.

Cello part written and performed by my beautiful friend Isabel Castellvi.

Thank you to Paul Curreri for engineering and co-producing this recording. I sang and played live on a grand piano at the First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, VA.

Speak and speak–I start to choke
Lungs exchanging air and smoke
Oh, wisps and rings that divvy up the space
A curtain parting way around the freshness of your face

You say, “Lie quiet with me, friend.
Words make shapes we don’t intend.
Slow down. Soul can’t always find its best expression through the mind.
Just being near you is how I hear you.
No need fear you won’t be heard–
Feel the love behind the word.”

I wouldn’t deign to train the vine
Shake down fruit and call it mine
Still I’m at stake with root aglow
Around which wildness can grow
I’m spun along ecstatic length
A spool summoning his strength
Do you have any idea?…

You say, “Lie quiet with me, friend.
Words make shapes we don’t intend.
Slow down–soul can’t always find its best expression through the mind.
Just being near you is how I hear you.
No need fear you won’t be heard–
Feel the love behind the word.”

Sun warming sleeping seed covered over
Light will bleed through each cracked and wounded part
Respect for every waking heart

Lie quiet
Words make shapes
Slow down
Just being near is how we hear
Before you fear you won’t be heard
Feel the love

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8 comments on “Song-of-the-Week #17: Love Behind the Word

  1. Heavenly song, Diane, sent me into a dream where this cold evening was transformed to green summer streams, barefooted and newly, madly in love.

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