Life Cycle: More Lyrics 1

This Saturday, Life Cycle – music by Emily Hall, words by me – is being performed in a new orchestral version by the Aurora Orchestra. This is happening at King’s Place. The wonderful Mara Carlyle is singing, and the brilliant John Reid is playing piano.

In advance of that, I thought I’d post some lyrics that I wrote for the song cycle (which is about motherhood), that didn’t end up being used.

If you’d like to listen to the whole thing, it’s on bandcamp and spotify.

 

The Things I Can’t Forget

The speeding car

the traffic jam

the who we are

the who I am

the rushing in

the waiting room

the pushing when

the boom-boom-boom

but most of all I can’t forget

the things which haven’t happened yet.

 

The gripping hand

the feeling worse

the midwife and

the second nurse

the breathing in

the blowing out

the seething pain

the growing doubt

but most of all I can’t forget

the things which haven’t happened yet.

 

In time long gone, in time to come,

I am your home, I am your home

The meeting you

the sensing then

the passing through

the moment when

the eye so clear

the eye so bright

the fading fear

the pure delight

but most of all I can’t forget

the things which haven’t happened yet.

 

The beating heart

the size and weight

the time apart

the time and date

the golden light

the sight and feel

the holding tight

the right and real

but most of all I can’t forget

the things which haven’t happened yet.

 

In time long gone, in time to come,

I am your home, I am your home

The newest new

the oldest face

the welcome to

the human race

the life, the laugh

the given name

the photograph

the tiny fame

but most of all I can’t forget

the things which haven’t happened yet.

 

In time long gone, in time to come,

I am your home, I am your home

 

 

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