Written fall '89 (my freshman year of college) with the original title "To Valerie" and previously recorded by my band The MayTricks in 1993. For the new band, the lyrics and melody were changed; I turned it into a duet so that Iris could sing the notes that are too high for me to hit now comfortably. It's about trying to reach out to someone.
Have you ever heard a word unspoken?
Have you ever tried to lose control?
Could you try to feel the things that I forgot to say?
Could you maybe try to read my soul?
Music can diffuse the stench of real life
Maybe even substitute for air
Taken in a context without life or love or meaning
Could you even try to live? Would you care?
Don’t think that I’m unhappy
It’s just that sometimes I wake up and my heart is screaming and my mind explodes
I know you’ve got a full life, but I’ll be around if you need someone to hold
If you need someone to hold
If you ever feel that something’s incomplete
I’ll be here
from Mark Lint's Dry Folk,
released December 18, 2018
Mark: vocal, steel-string and nylon-string guitars, electric basses, cabasa
Iris Hutchings: vocal
Rei Tangko: piano
Jim Turk: djembe, shaker, tambourine