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4. When you go

Track 4, "When you go" [listen here]. was also written during a Fearless Songwriting week. Fearless Songwriting is an online community of songwriters who challenge each other to write 7 songs in 7 days based on prompts offered by the organizer. The prompt on the day I wrote this one was "you can't take it with you." I just finished the thought: "when you go." 

Accumulate to guard and then defend…

I was between jobs, between living situations, and between relationships. I had recently put all my possessions in storage, and was about to drive cross-country a number of times for a variety of reasons. So, I literally couldn't take some of it with me. That's the first verse ("all the treasures in your collection").

As I traveled, I noticed that it didn't serve me to carry other forms of baggage either ("all the grievances in your garden" - second verse). The third verse offers the same idea of letting go, of something deeper: "this fiction of unworthiness." We don't have to carry these loads when they no longer serve us.

Album cover

All the emptiness unfolding…

This simple song was arranged by producer Michael Mood, and he says it's one of his favorites from the project so he offered to sing it with me - you can hear him doubling my voice in the choruses. Because I mostly perform solo, sometimes I beat on my guitar like a drum. Percussionist Todd adds a nice echo effect to the basic beat.

Tuning: DGCFAD, Key of D. Partial capo at 2nd on strings 1-5, resulting in DADGBE, a modified dropped-D.

Keith Hampton: voice, guitar
Michael Mood: vocals
Todd Thompson: percussion

(c) 2014 Keith Hampton/BMI

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all the treasures in your collection
sparkle on your shelves and windowsill
you swear you won't exist without them
someday you will
accumulate to guard and then defend
when everybody knows
you can't take it with you
when you go

all the grievances in your garden
well-tended like blossoms on a vine
they try to dry away and wither
but you feed the fire
accumulate to guard and then defend
when everybody knows
you can't take it with you
when you go

all the emptiness unfolding
all the fright that feelings make
and this fiction of unworthiness
will be replaced
accumulate to guard and then defend
when everybody knows
you can't take it with you
when you go
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