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Lyrics by Hannah Hurnard,
based on The Song of Solomon

oh, where is thy beloved gone
thou fairest among women
where dost thou think he as turned aside
that we may seek him with thee

he is gone down into the garden
to the beds of spices sweet
for he feedeth among the lilies
tis there we are wont to meet

so I went down into the garden
the valley of buds and fruits
to see if the fruit trees budded
to look at the vinestock...

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16 May 1973

and I'm just not safe anymore
I can't go anywhere
but there's empty eyes and words and smiles
and lives that never touch
but long to be touched
and I walked into a picture show
I wanted to laugh
I just wanted to be uninvolved for a change
and then there you were

how could you touch my soul from the screen?
why was the smile on your face meant for me?
how could your shining eyes have seen the
tears in mine?

I guess apathy is a luxury I can't afford
and if money buys it
I pray I never have enough
and I don't know your name...

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Lyrics by Hannah Hurnard,
based on The Song of Solomon

set me as a seal upon thy heart
thou, love, more strong than death
that I may feel through every part
thy burning, fiery breath
and then like wax held in the flame
may take the imprint of thy name

set me as a seal upon thine arm
thou, love, that bursts the grave
thy coals of fire can never harm
but only purge and save
thou, jealous love, thou, burning flame,
oh, burn out...

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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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Jimmy & Me (MP3)

words & music by Jimmy Webb

Favorite version: Jimmy Webb, Twilight Of The Renegades, 2005

Notes:

A friend helped me discover this song, for I had somehow missed it when it was first released. I love how the rootless, restless lyrics float over the rootless, restless harmonies. Just how a song about skywriting should be. And as far as the flying genre goes, this song is right up there with Joni's "Amelia" (a judgment I don't pronounce lightly).

We did a promo poster about the time my Singer album came out that said, "...

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Lyrics by Hannah Hurnard,
based on The Song of Solomon

a garden closed art thou, my love
where none thy fruits can taste
a spring shut up, a fountain sealed
an orchard run to waste

awake, north wind, and blow, thou south
blow on my garden fair
that all the spices may flow out
as perfume on the air

All songs ℗ © 1983 Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. and Eden Records, assigned to Creative Measures. The title Hinds’ Feet On High...

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Lyrics by Hannah Hurnard,
based on The Song of Solomon

the song of songs, the loveliest song
the song of Love, the King
no joy on earth compares with his
but seems a broken thing
his name as ointment is poured forth
and all his lovers sing

draw me, I will run after thee
thou art my heart's one choice
O bring me to thy royal house
to dwell there and rejoice
there in thy presence, O my King,
to feast and hear thy voice

...

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Lyrics by Hannah Hurnard,
based on The Song of Solomon

the voice of my beloved
through all my heart it thrills
he leaps upon the mountains
and skips upon the hills
for like a roe or young hart
so swift and strong is he
he looketh through my window
and beckoneth to me

rise up, my love, my fair one
and come away with me
gone are the snows of winter
the rains no more we see
the flowers are appearing
and all the birds...

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Lyrics by Hannah Hurnard,
based on The Song of Solomon

thou art all fair, my dearest love
there is no spot in thee
come with me to the heights above
yet fairer visions see
up to the mount of myrrh and thence
across the hills of frankincense
to where the dawn's clear innocence
bids all the shadows flee

come with me, O my fairest dear
with me to Lebanon
look from the peaks of grim Shenir
Amana and Hermon
the lions have...

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6/73

willie is the name of a love
that I'm aching to know
I've never known you
but I miss you so
and why do you always
have to go?
why can't you ever
stay?

willie is the sweet simple smile
that my heart can't forget
at least I know it hasn't yet
and you might be the only chance I'll get
to give myself away

when I was young
I watched the clouds form
castles in the sky
but then as now
the things I'd dream
would somehow pass me by

willie is the name of a dream
that will never come true
after all, how could I...

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