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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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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 Jimmy Webb

Favorite version: Jimmy Webb, Letters, 1972

Notes:

This is the most beautiful song about writing a song I've ever heard, and I think it completely blurs the line between poetry and music. Songwriting has always been a mystical thing to me, and "Simile" lays bare that mystery like no other song I know. Lonnie (my poet friend who sang backup on this) absolutely fell in love with this song as she was learning it and included the lyrics in her journal. Check out page 4 of Tunesmith, Jimmy's book on songwriting, to read some of the...

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I've Been Freed (MP3)

Lyrics & notes

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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Jimmy & Me (MP3)

aka A Song for My Brother
words & music by Jimmy Webb

Favorite version: B. J. Thomas, Billy Joe Thomas, 1972

Notes:

Speaking of flyin' games, here's another. Again we're chasing after something unattainable. Again we think our flight will never end. It was the last track on B.J. Thomas's album, Billy Joe Thomas, and I played it until all that was left of the song was scratches, clicks and pops. Then I bought another copy and wore that one out, too. Definitely one...

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