Reality (In You I Live)

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This is the song that sparked off my recent bit of songwriting. I reworked the melody for this recording, having revised it multiple times already because I wrote it in a range that few people can sing in, least of all me. I hope to have at least one version to share in the near future with someone else singing the lead vocals, so that you can hear it as I imagine it in my head, and not merely in the best rendition I can offer with myself singing.

Here are the lyrics:

Reality (In You I Live)

Music and lyrics by James F. McGrath

© 2013

You are a puzzle that I can’t put together

You are a shelter in every kind of weather

But rain still falls, so all in all, my words are just a picture

Of one I can’t express, but still you’re there.

 

You are a strong wind that blows in all directions

You are a deep well that mirrors my reflection

But there within I find again, there’s water to refresh me

And when your wind fills my sails, I’m on my way.

 

CHORUS:

In you I live

In you I move

In you I am

On you I stand

There is nowhere else to be

Than in you – all encompassing Reality

 

You are a dark night that won’t reveal its mysteries

You are a bright light that shines through all of history

But when I think in black and white, I find that you resist me

But there within the grays I find there’s grace

 

CHORUS:

In you I live

In you I move

In you I am

On you I stand

There is nowhere else to be

Than in you – all encompassing Reality

 

And if upon a starlit night I revel in your glory

Still there is so much I cannot see

All-encompassing Reality

 

  • Mark Farmer

    Thank you for this, James. Not only do I quite enjoy it, I am surprised to feel relief at hearing a song whose words I can unreservedly embrace. May many discover this song, and recognize something of themselves in it.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      Thanks so much for your comment! As I’ve begun for the first time to share publicly some of the songs I’ve been writing, my main hope was that there would be people who would find them meaningful to them.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

    Thanks!


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