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Thin Little Veil

March 31, 2012

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If you let your guard down long enough
You might just like what lets itself on in
If you open the door just a crack or two
You’ll get a flash of what you’ve been missing

These days and days they’ve turned into years
And the years have built these walls
But that little old crack lets in a sea of light
And then there’s colors, there’s colors

So you let it shine, shine

And then the darkness, the one you’ve called your friend
May no longer be so welcoming
They say there’s no greater gift than feelings lost and found again
Because it’s your right, it’s your essence, it’s your rainbow, it’s your golden vine

So you let it shine, shine

When you reach up and you reach for the stars
And they’re farther than they’ve ever been
You raise your hand and you raise your heart
And you’ll finally be listening to that voice, to that little ol’ voice
The one that screams like a lion

Sayin’ let it shine, shine

When you lay down your head you want to sleep at night
But you’re wide-eyed and worrying heavy on the state of your life
Just let go, let go, let go, leave it by the side of the pillow
Because the looser the grip, the lighter the load

You’ve been playing this game waiting on your finest hour
But that need to win will drain you of power
Put down that number one, put down control
The looser the grip, the lighter the load

When the weight of the world has descended on you
They say be strong, hold on, your pride will carry through
I say the stronger your pride, the longer the road
And the looser the grip, the lighter the load

When your heart is heavy it’s from a mind that’s full
When your spirit is weak the world seems so cruel
But it all falls away when you let go, let go, let go

Well the looser the grip, the lighter the load
I said the deeper the love, the higher we’ll go
The less that you need, the faster it flows
And the looser the grip, the lighter the load

Did you know that some things can change without a whole lot of pain
Just take your love and pour it in and watch it grow
Did you know that good will prevail, the signs are everywhere
It’s all over the faces in strange little places and dancing in the air

Peace signs and laugh lines
Are what makes, the world go round and round and round
Children’s smiles and loving eyes
Are what makes the walls come tumbling down

I don’t have to convince you, I don’t have to change your mind
Just step outside and feel the breeze blowing back the time
Because there’s a love train a-comin’, yeah we’re on the very next stop
Just get on board and open your heart, there ain’t no goin’ back

Peace signs and laugh lines
Are what makes, the world go round and round and round
Children’s smiles and loving eyes
Are what makes the walls come tumbling down

Tumbling down, everything old Everything old, is new again

The doors to heaven are open whatever your heaven might be
Or maybe it’s always been right here and now just between you and me
This place is where magic can happen beyond what we ever believed
It’s like rolling hills of giant sunflowers as far as the eye can see

Peace signs and laugh lines
Are what makes, the world go round and round and round
Children’s smiles and loving eyes
Are what makes the walls come tumbling down

If only you could see
If only you could see what everybody else can see
About you child, it ain’t no lie

If only you believed
If only you believed when they said you could fly to the moon
Don’t need a magic carpet or a red balloon

If you were listening
If only you were listening, you would hear the bells that ring
The sweet sound of your melody

Then the world wouldn’t seem so incomplete
Because now you’re in with both your feet

If all the world proclaimed
If all the billboards lit up with your name
Then would you start noticing

If all your soldiers died
One by one surrendered to your good side
Finally some peace of mind in your battered mind

If all your angels cried tears of a raging river
Just wild enough for you to ride

Then the world wouldn’t seem so make believe
Because now you’re in with both your feet

You got one toe in the water, one foot on the dance floor
And she’s waiting for you, waiting for you
You can twirl around in colors and leave the black and white behind

If only

Life has a way of making you drop down to your knees
Breaks your dreams down to nothing more than what you think you need
Time has a way of picking up the pieces from the cracks in the floor
Of all those little dreams that had shattered, they find their way to your life once more

If you open up your eyes and just let it all shine
It’s amazing, it’s amazing, it’s amazing, it’s amazing, aint’ it

There was a time when all the love in the world was enough
The grasses were green and the flowers were seen as pure holiness
The lilies and the jonquils and the rice flower paper you can see right through
It reminds you of that thin little veil that floats between me and you

It’s amazing, it’s amazing, it’s amazing, it’s amazing, aint’ it

You were bathed in the light when you came to this life
You’ll be bathed in the light when you leave

Life has a way of making you drop down to your knees
But your cast of characters find their way into your story just when you need
To remind you and to bind you to the path that you already see
And that thin little veil disappears and melts into you and me

It’s amazing, it’s amazing, it’s amazing, it’s amazing, aint’ it

Your words can often fail to sell
The nuance of emotions you try to speak so well
Your actions are to speak louder than your words
But somehow all the doing, doing, doing just don’t take away the hurt

They won’t remember everything you did
They won’t remember everything you said
But their heart it won’t forget and they’ll always remember
How you made them feel

You know your smile can cut right through the thickest heart
It can’t take away a lousy day but it’s a heck of a good start
It’s not the cards that you send or the money that you lend or the standard response
It’s the sharing of the silences, the dropping of the differences, and forgiveness

How you made them feel, the unmistakable light in your eyes
How you made it real, everything a little larger than life
How you made them feel so strong
When their weakened little heart couldn’t go on

It’s the slowing down and listening to a heart that speaks from honesty
It’s part of the great emancipation, disassociation from the separate lives we lead
Because the essence of the question, isn’t it all about connection, the mark we leave
Because long after you’re gone, your feeling lives on and on and on and on and on

They won’t remember everything you did
They won’t remember everything you said
But their heart it won’t forget and they’ll always remember
How you made them feel

I don’t wanna talk about it, I don’t wanna cry about it
I don’t wanna worry anymore
I don’t wanna look down from a higher place
I don’t need to feel enlightened
I just wanna be right here face to face

I don’t wanna plead no more, get you to believe no more
Convince you, then put my hands in my pocket
‘Cause this beautiful world I’m waiting to see
I think I’m done trying to change you, this time I’m changing me

I don’t wanna think about it, I don’t wanna fight about it
I don’t wanna ponder anymore
I don’t wanna read about it, I don’t wanna meet about it
I don’t wanna ask someone else what they think
‘Cause silence is a dangerous thing
Yeah this bird is telling me it’s time to sing

I wanna walk like it, I wanna live like it, I wanna feel it in my bones
I wanna breathe it in, end my sufferin’, so maybe just one soul will see
That this beautiful world we’re trying to find
We’re only gonna get there when we change on the inside

On the inside…

If you wanna see the light you gotta be a light shining on the darkest day
If you wanna see the change you gotta be the change, just takes one to show the way
‘Cause there are hands to be held and stories to tell
And hearts that ache to be freed
Love to share from within, peace to begin
If not you and me then who, where, or when

On the inside…

You can take my heart, drag it on the ground
Ride my emotions because they go up and down
Test my resolve, crush it in the palm of your hand

You can scare up my ghosts and my devils inside
Say hello to my angels and scrape at my pride
And lull me down to the darkest, deepest corners

And it’s perfectly find with me because alone we all must eventually be
Alone is not without, alone is within, therein lies your beauty

Well alone is not a time, alone is not a place
Alone is where you’re witness to your loveliness and grace
Alone I found but alone I did not seek

And it’s perfectly find with me because alone we all must eventually be
Alone is not without, alone is within, therein lies your beauty
Well it’s perfectly fine with me

I will never place my star in another hand
Because no one else can make my light shine the way I can
But I won’t grow old being shy and wondering

And it’s perfectly find with me because alone we all must eventually be
Alone is not without, alone is within, therein lies your beauty

This is where empty comes to be alone, boundless golden plains, big blue sky
Radiant expanse in all her splendor, towering, protecting her dominion
In spite of all you’ve known, there is always something grander than you

This is where quiet comes to be known, dancing with stillness to an endless song
In this mighty wondrous wordless space, silence often comes here to hide his face
In spite of all you’ve known, you are part of something grander than you

Never are you alone, ‘cause as above so below

This is where everything is from, the mystery, the great unknown
This is where empty comes to be alone, this is where everything is home

Here we are darling and we sure didn’t get here slow
If we stand in the perfect light we look just like we did 50 years ago
We’re the same shoe size and the look in your eyes hasn’t gone away
I still got the suit, you still have the dress, maybe we could step on back to that day

One Mississippi, two Mississippi, counting all the years go by
We passed by the place where half the memories have erased
Everything left now is a feeling inside

Trouble was at the back door but Lord we never let him in
You took my hand, jumped into the deepest waters and together we learned to swim
Everybody wants to know the secret to a lifetime of love
Take care of yourself, learn to forgive, and never try to figure out what they’re thinking of

One Mississippi, two Mississippi, counting all the years go by
Love’s a wild pony and boy she loves to run
So just hold on for the ride

Yeah she swings you up and she spins you around
And you never know where you’ll land
So just hold on and let that pony ride

Here we are darling and we sure didn’t get here slow
If we stand in the perfect light we look just like we did 50 years ago

Adopted from Kris Delmhorst, album Strange Conversation

We’ve come to the place where everything is music
Everything is music, everything is music
Well we’ve come to the place where everything is music
Everything is music, let it play

Why do you stay in jail when the door is wide open
The door is wide open, the door is wide open
Tell me why do you stay in jail when the door is wide open
Let the beauty that you love be what you do

Stop talking now, open up the window
The one right there in the middle of your heart
Let go your hands, sit down in the circle
You know you got no need to keep yourself apart

The day you wake up sad and empty, don’t go back to sleep
Don’t go back to sleep, don’t go back to sleep
The day you wake up sad and empty, don’t go back to sleep
Because there’s a million ways to kneel and kiss the ground

Don’t worry now about saving all these songs
There’s so many more just waiting to be found
If all these instruments should disappear
We’d still hear something coming up from way down in the ground

We’ve come to the place where everything is music
Everything is music, everything is music
Well we’ve come to the place where everything is music
Everything is music, let it play