First, an apology to those who read my posts because they tend to find them to be be uplifting, heart-warming, and/or funny–well, at least I ATTEMPT to write them that way. I have a great life and hope this blog reflects it while bringing smiles, hope, or reminders about the positive sides of life to readers who may need or enjoy such posts. I figure readers can get all the negative and cynical stories they want from the news and elsewhere.
Back to my apology: This post is different, so I wanted to warn you that it is sad (and possibly hopeful at the same time). I sometimes write song lyrics and they often try to evoke or capture various typess of situations or feelings that I’ve felt at various times in my life. They are sometimes the opposite of the upbeat tone I attempt to take in most of my posts. So, if you are not in the mood for a “downer” lyric or post at the moment, you might want to skip the rest of this post.
At one time or another most people have experienced the pain of being in a dying relationship that had once been very much alive.
In the song lyric below I’ve tried to capture that moment when one of the lovers realizes that the relationship is dying and reaches out to the other to see if there is any hope for rekindling the flame. It is only the first draft of what tends to be many drafts, but I like it enough to share it with you right now.
I’d written the draft some time ago and one of my songwriting collaborators recently saw it as he was going through old files and asked if I wanted to work on it with him. I enthusiastically responded “YES!”
“Shadow Of Our Love”
You used to kiss me like you meant it
Now you pull away as our lips touch
When we embraced our fire was all-consuming
Now it’s a chore to give me a hug.
What we had means everything to me
And I’m afraid what we’ve lost may never be found.
What can I do to bring the magic back
And to turn your heart around?
What we had was like the sun, great and hot and huge
But now all that’s left’s a shadow, a mere Shadow of Our Love
And it’s time you heard my truth that it’s not nearly good enough for me
I want so much more for the two of us than a Shadow of Our Love
I need to feel the fire burn bright again,
So if you want me in your life—and I really hope you do
Let’s feed the fire and keep it growing strong
‘cuz I want to spend my whole life with you
But if the flame in you for me is gone
Then let’s not live a lie
It’s time for me to pack my things
Softy close this door and say goodbye.