disappointment

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I've Been Freed (MP3)

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20 Mar 1976

blessed be His name
glory to His name
Jesus holds all things in His hand
let us praise His holy name

(repeat chorus)

even in our darkness
we know His love won't fail
when the best that you can seem to feel is bad
so bad
His love will show the way
when those that you look up to let you down
Jesus won't desert you
He'll heal when others hurt you
He'll chase away the memories
and help you love again

(repeat chorus)

℗ © Creative Measures (ASCAP) (originally Trinity Sound Corporation,...

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4 Sep 1980

you telephoned
how can you sound so close, yet distant
we keep pretending time is nonexistent
you’re laughing like you used to do
but the most that I can seem to do is
smile at the illusions I had planned
cause now I hold your laughter in my hand
somehow it’s lost the power of command

I can’t feel it anymore
can’t conceal it anymore
neither joy nor pain can enter through a bolted door
and I can’t feel it anymore

ghost towns
they lived here once, but now they’re gone
they gave up all the hopes they...

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11 Nov 1975

how can you look without seeing?
your eyes look at me almost every day
and yet you never see me
not the real me
that lives behind my eyes
you never let your eyes
touch mine for very long
you know that touch could
make us so strong
tell me—would touching be so wrong?

how can you listen without hearing?
your lips ask me questions almost every day
but you can't wait for answers
I can see the clock that's there
behind your smile
you never give yourself
to feel my pain
and as long as I can smile
we just maintain...

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7 Oct 1976

all my life I've lived alone
they just can't seem to remember my name
I'd live and die—and still I'd be unknown
guess there's really no one else to blame

but then You came into my world
You gave me love I'd never known
You sang me songs I'd never heard
and then You touched me
and made me Your own

Hallelujah, Jesus loves me
Hallelujah, Jesus cares
Hallelujah, Jesus loves me
Hallelujah, praise His name

now I need no place to hide
I know I've found just what I'm looking for
and now I know I've got love on my side
how could...

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I've Been Freed (MP3)

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6 Feb 1975

here I am
crying again
my heart is breaking in two
here I stand
my love in my hand
I'm ready to give it to you

somehow I'm always expecting too much
and right now I long for your healing touch

here am I
just one lonely guy
that don't wanna hear no more lies
here I am
and here I will stay
please teach me to rest in your ways

(repeat chorus)

here I stand
my love in my hand
I'm ready to give it to you

just let me be what you want me to be
and from all of myself, Lord, please set me free

here I am...

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Jimmy & Me (MP3)

words & music by Jimmy Webb

Favorite version: Jimmy Webb, And So: On, 1971

Notes:

Oh, the images in this song! This one is right up there with Joni's "River" in the "running away" genre. "If I could fall up the long night, reach to time gone..." These are not only wonderfully evocative lyrics, but true in an astronomical sense. When you lie flat on your back and look up, you're looking out, really. Out of the world, and back in time. And if you could turn off gravity, you could literally fall up the long night, and reach to time gone.

I used...

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Jimmy & Me (MP3)

words & music by Boudleaux and Felice Bryant

Favorite version: Jimmy Webb, Letters, 1972

Notes:

Jimmy didn't write this song, but I discovered it on his Letters album. And the way he sings it, he might as well have written it. As I said, I often performed it, and I think I rather shocked people with it. I was doing contemporary Christian music mostly, and when I unleashed this one... Well, jaws dropped. It's the flip side of the coin, you see. Love could not be quite so wonderful and heavenly if it could not also hurt like...

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6 Aug 1980

oh, September
why’d you have to come so soon
just when I finally started to have some fun
I remember well
the spell of an August moon
and I was just gettin used to livin in the sun
look what you’ve done,
September

summer’s warmth is gone now
there’s that coolness in the air
seems like love is changing with the leaves
how can I be happy when the trees stand stripped and bare
it’s plain to see it’s summertime that this boy needs

oh, September
why’d you have to come so soon
just when I...

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Jimmy & Me (MP3)

words & music by Jimmy Webb

Favorite version: Linda Ronstadt, Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind, 1989

Notes:

Even though I love Ronstadt's version of this, I've always thought it was too short. I guess I just love the song so much I never want it to end. (Ever feel that way about a song?) Anyway, I added a repeat so it wouldn't end quite so soon.

What a simple, beautiful lyric. And the surprise chord that shatters the middle of each verse... Another perfect one. I think it follows "Simile" exceptionally well, not just because it starts in the same key...

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I've Been Freed (MP3)

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3 Mar 1974

there's a difference in the way I feel today
it's not that I don't know that you don't love me like before
but it just doesn't hurt me like it used to anymore
there's a difference in the way I feel today

I can see the love light fading from your eyes
and though your love for me has died
my love for you has grown
I can tell you may soon be gone
but I won't be alone
I can see the love light fading from your eyes

Jesus is the first love of my life
I know He'll do what's best for me although it may seem wrong
and when your precious love is gone
He'...

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