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    Tuvalu Coffeehouse & Gallery

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8. Tears I Could Not Cry

Track 8, "Tears I could not cry" [listen here], is a sister song with "Dream vessel". Both tunes were inspired by a friend who came into my life just when I needed a strong support. In "Dream Vessel" that sense of support is outlined in a mystical way. In "Tears..." it is more concrete; dealing with a health scare brought out the best in both of us. "Tears..." is an older song, originally planned for the album Dream Vessel, that later became Journeyman.

What chaos lurks inside of me?

(Spoiler: It turned out that everything was okay.) Years ago, I had a medical test with implications, if it had gone one way and not the other, that could have radically altered my life at the time. In the interim between finding out I needed some testing, and the waiting for results, I found comfort and strength in an unexpected friend. Someone who was able to, literally, help me walk through the pain and fear. I will always be grateful.

Album cover

Arguing with my mortality and trying not to love out loud, til you shine a light…

It's just me on this one. There is a fun triple-vocal overdub in the bridge, though it's all my voice doing the "aaah" parts. My homage to Patty Larkin, who does amazing things with her voice in the background of her songs.

Tuning: CGDFAC, 1/2 capo (strings 345) at 2nd fret. Key of C.

Keith Hampton: voice, guitar

(c) 2014 Keith Hampton/BMI

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stillness
where is serenity?
what chaos lurks inside of me?
is my graceful mask on tight?

can i reach out?
i'm at my worst now
i won't take my own advice
i won't heed the helping calls

so i ruminate disaster
when you catch me falling
faster than i thought i would
before i wonder why
you’re rushing to me
as if by design
right on time
to wipe away the tears
i could not cry

one kiss
draws me in even as i resist
look at me! the lovelorn optimist
tumbling crumbling as i quake

so i contemplate forgiveness
and sketch the same old stories
in my sacred book
before the words are dry
you’re rushing to me
as if by design
right on time
to wipe away the tears
i could not cry

breathing
the best of my ability
arguing with my mortality
and trying not to love out loud
til you shine a light
and wipe away the tears
i would not cry
you wipe away the tears
i could not cry