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    Tuvalu Coffeehouse & Gallery

    Verona

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5. I know beauty

Track 5, "I know beauty" [listen here], is one of the older songs on Journeyman. It was part of the original track listing for the first version of the album, and was retained because I love singing it. 

When you love a singer, you hear yourself in every song…

When I lived in Boston, I developed a habit of noticing a "beauty of the day." A person, a situation, a moment, a light pattern through windows--any of these could qualify as the day's highlight, passing fleetly and unrecorded, perhaps unnoticed by anyone except me. This was especially frequent when riding subway trains. The song is built around that idea, and compares the momentary beauty of a passerby to the momentary bliss of a relationship that won't last, yet is still worth exploring and enjoying.

Album cover

When you live for beauty, you make a game of the daily find…

I always imagined "I know beauty" would be a good match for a sustained string instrument accompaniment. When I first heard cellist Eric Miller perform with another songwriter, I knew he would manage it brilliantly. Soft percussion and background vocals complete the arrangement. 

Tuning: CGDFAC ("Mars" tuning), Key of C.

Keith Hampton: voice, guitar
Eric Miller: cello
Todd Thompson: percussion

(c) 2014 Keith Hampton/BMI

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when you live with darkness
you understand the need for light
i know beauty
i know you

each taste of madness
renders serenity divine
i know beauty
i know you

i know what you're gonna bring me
i'm willing to pay the price

when you love a singer
you hear yourself in every song
they know heartache
they know you

when you choose a lonely road
someone always follows along
they know heartache
they know you

i know what you're gonna bring me
i'm willing to pay the price

when you live for beauty
you make a game of the daily find
if you knew me
you'd know it's true

if you knew me
you'd know it's true
you'd know
you'll know