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Jimmy & Me (MP3)

words & music by Jimmy Webb

Favorite version: Art Garfunkel, Angel Clare, 1973

Notes:

This song is the most famous one of the entire collection. Though it's been recorded quite a few times, I think the original version is still my favorite. Some have called "Wichita Lineman," another of Jimmy's more famous works, the "perfect song." While I agree that one's hard to beat, for my money, it's this one. It would be hard to find a more sincere, beautiful, heartbreaking ode to loss. There've been so many times in my life when all the wrangling and ranting and raving has...

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Jimmy & Me (MP3)

words & music by Jimmy Webb

Favorite version: Art Garfunkel, Angel Clare, 1973

Notes:

Couldn't think of a better song to end this collection with than this gorgeous lullaby. It's for my newest grandniece, the "Big Mac," my future grandnieces and nephews, my nieces and my nephew; it's for my sister, my sister-in-law and my brother and brother-in-law (even though they're technically already covered in "Wooden Planes"); it's for my wonderful Mom, and for Dad, and for my grandparents and all the rest of my marvelous family; it's for you and yours,...

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Lyrics & notes

17 Oct 1971
(music adapted from "Recitative and song" from Dido and Aeneas, by Henry Purcell)

sometimes I see people crowding by
in sorrow they die
in sadness they cry
and follow after a lie

when the whole world cries out
in torment and despair
how can I stop the pain?
Lord, hear me and help me to care
a tender touch—a healing touch
as You came to me come to them
You died for them
now gently lead them to life that's new

now He is pleading for you
to open your heart
don't just turn Him away
don't shut Him out
invite...

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I've Been Freed (MP3)

Lyrics & notes

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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Lyrics by Hannah Hurnard,
based on The Song of Solomon

by night on my bed I sought him
he whom my soul loveth so
I sought but I could not find him
and now I will rise and go

out in the streets of the city
and out on the broad highway
for he whom my soul so loveth
hath left me and gone away

(instrumental)

and then in the dawn I saw him
he whom my heart loveth so
I found him, held him, and told him
I never could let him...

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18 Jan 1977

this morning when the sun rose
there was a rainbow in the clouds at the horizon
it made a circle 'round the sun
to warn the fleeing darkness
a multicolored halo
a ring to wed the weeping with the joy

and when the night had broken
the colors ran to take there proper places
the blue filled all the sky
the yellow crowned the sun
the green was told to wait another season
and whiteness fell to cover all the rest
and some fell in my eyes
and in my heart

You are the sunrise in my morning
You are the rainbow in my sky
the darkness...

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I've Been Freed (MP3)

Lyrics & notes

6 Dec 1973

if I could
I would stay above the clouds
above the people and the city
what a shame
most of them will stay earthbound
and think that I'm the one to pity

if they could only see
what they look like
from the air
the problems seem so small
don't seem big at all
from up there

if I could
I would go away somewhere
where all the hurting was behind me
but I know
I could not be happy there
if you were not right there beside me

the sky would seem so gray
and so empty
without you
and if I found the dawn...

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Lyrics & notes

31 Aug 1976

ah, Falling Star,
You fill my eyes with such surprise
and the sky seems
more empty than before when You're gone

oh, how You shine!
You can break right through
this darkness of mine
oh, how You shine!
You can take away
this darkness of mine

ah, Morning Star,
You fill the night with such pure light
and You cause the morning sun
to blush for shame
when You rise

ah, Morning Star,
You fill me with such glory when You rise
Falling Star,
You fell down from the sky
to give me light

℗ © Love's Music...

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I've Been Freed (MP3)

Lyrics & notes

(lyrics by Mark Minor)
22 Oct 1975

life holds no fear
when in death there is victory
there's no need to shed a fear
when I think what Jesus did for me
before Pilate's mockery
He could see what the end would be
and now I know what He must have said
as He gave His life on Calvary

"for you to live, I must die
for you to win, I must try
for you to hope, I must give myself
to die upon a tree
for you to see, I must go blind
for you to have, I must find
for you to know, I must pass the test
and claim the victory
I'll claim the victory"...

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