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7. Carry

Track 7, "Carry" [listen here], was written in honor of my brother and his wife. They asked me to write and perform a song for their wedding ceremony, and I was honored to do so. I've written a few other wedding songs, and wanted this one to have its own unique sound and feeling.

Endless wonder…

I interviewed the bride and groom separately. Many of the lyrics in this song are direct quotes, or adapted from what they said about each other. They both talked about a sense of feeling free to be completely and authentically themselves with the other person. They both brought up laughter and humor more than once. They discussed feeling fearless, and a sense of wonder at the idea of starting a life and a family together. So, the song was very easy to put together. I had the music already started and the lyrics fit right in.

Album cover

I walk away from the wishing well…

JT Bullitt is a songwriting friend, and also a brilliant artist and scientist. He added a beautiful piano performance, with hints of jazz, to this song from far away, recording at his home studio in Maine. I will always be grateful for the elegance he adds to this recording.

Tuning: DGCFAD, 1/2 capo (strings 2345) at 5th fret. Key of B-flat.

Keith Hampton: voice, guitar
JT Bullitt: piano

(c) 2014 Keith Hampton/BMI

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how could any harm ever come to me
when you carry my heart in your hands?
how could any trial ever trouble me
while you carry my heart in your hands?
so much joy
would be unseen
if not for you
you brought to me
endless wonder
and i'm free to be myself
i walk away from the wishing well

how could your laughter keep from lifting me?
you carry my heart in your hands
how could ever after dare to dance with me
and carry my heart in your hands?
so much joy
is yet to be
it's here for you
inside of me
endless wonder
and we're free to be ourselves
we walk away from the wishing well

even as we speak these words aloud
even as we light a candle
even as the whole world watches
i feel proud
i feel free
i know you
you’re part of me
you are my hero and
i'm here to walk you down
any road you can dream about

how could your smile stop from saving me?
you carry my heart in your hands
trusting tomorrow will bring the best in me
oh carry my heart in your hands

i will carry your heart
you will carry my heart
we walk away from the wishing well
these hearts walk away from the wishing well