Saying it without saying it--Carrie Newcomer

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By Tom Holmes

Contributing Reporter / Religion Blogger

Toward The Horizon

 

Stretched as thin as paper, hollow as the sky
Empty as my pockets, hungry as my eyes
Wells fill from the bottom, and it's gonna take some time
It's gonna take a little doing,to gather my insides
Such a wide-open space. such a wide and open ache
With answers to these hard and silent whys
Look as far as you can toward the horizon
Hear the low sound of the glory train
Chances are I'll live to see the new moon risin'
But I believe the likes of you
I'll never see again

[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricenter.com/e43297-carrie_newcomer~toward_the_horizon_lyrics.html ]
On the wings of hope and angels, in the sounds of solitude
I've circled ever closer to the heart of something true
Most courage is an answer, a firm or shaky "yes"
When you cannot see the outcome, but still giving it your best
Such a wide-open space. such a wide and open ache
With answers to these hard and silent whys
I saw you walk away, I saw you waving
I know your leaving here, always to stay
Is this a bad hand or just a slow horse
Is it alright in time and due course

In the normal course of walking over roads of light and storm
With grief as a companion I have already come
Some days it's hard to take a step and avoid another fall
Still believing in the dark horse, when it's way too close to call.
Such a wide-open space. such a wide and open ache
With answers to these hard and silent whys

 

I'll Go Too

 

When I was small I often said
There were ugly things beneath my bed
I'd slip downstairs when I got scared
Into the safety of Dad's easy chair
That chair was like a long deep sigh
And I'd stay until he'd say, "It's time"
But he'd always smile and put his hand in mine
And say, "I'll go too."

Chorus: "I'll go too, I'll go too"
That's what he'd say and what he'd do
"Don't go alone I'll walk with you
I'll go too."

When I was learning how to swim
I'd look down at the water and back at him
He'd say "Take my hand, we'll both jump in"
And "I'll go too."

Chorus

So many nights I've wandered
So many things to brave
So many acts of courage
We face each and everyday

It was almost noon in a white lace dress
I had my doubts if I could do the rest
He said, "Take my hand, just do your best"
"And I'll go too"
Chorus

In a quiet place in the April snow
It was time to finally let her go
So I took his hand and said
"I know."
"I'll go too"

Someday we all will understand
And we'll walk right into the Promised Land
But I hope an angel takes me by the hand
And tells me "I'll go too"

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