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Song Lyric Sunday – Heaven

Good morning! It is Song Lyric Sunday again and this week our prompts are Heaven and Hell, courtesy of Amy from AI Music. Our host, Jim Adams, gave Amy the chance to inspire us once again. I’m sure there will be a great selection submitted today.

I have picked a favorite of mine called Heaven from Los Lonely Boys. It’s such a good song, the video is terrific and the song tugs on the heartstrings. Hope you enjoy it and have a great Sunday.

Heaven” is the debut single of American rock band Los Lonely Boys.

Los Lonely Boys are 3 brothers from Texas. They are bilingual – some of the lyrics to this are in Spanish. Henry, Jojo and Ringo Garza, comprise the foundation of the band, and it appears on their multi-platinum self-titled album.

Guitarist Henry Garza wrote the lyrics as a prayer. When he was 18, his son died of sudden infant death syndrome (S.I.D.S). It’s about the pain he felt and wanting to escape this world and see his son.

Released as a single in mid-2004, “Heaven” reached the top 40 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at 16 in August. Later that year, the song began a sixteen-week run at number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in October. It was also a minor hit at country radio, where it peaked at number 46.

AllMusic reviewer Thom Jurek describes the song as “infectious” and draws comparisons to the music of Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Los Lobos. He states that “Heaven” is “a single in the old sense of the word: killer hook, easy groove, a slippery but unmistakable bridge with a beautiful vocal to boot — all coming in under four minutes.”

The success of “Heaven” led to two Grammy Award nominations and one win for the band at the 47th Grammy Awards, held in early 2005. The song won in the category Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, while Los Lonely Boys were nominated in the category Best New Artist, losing out to Maroon 5.

Courtesy of WIKI

LYRICS

Vamonos!

Save me from this prison
Lord, help me get away
Cause only you can save me now from this misery
I've been lost in my own place, and I'm gettin' weary
How far is heaven?
And I know that I need to change my ways of livin'
How far is heaven?
Lord, can you tell me

I've been locked up way too long in this crazy world
How far is heaven?
And I just keep on prayin', Lord, and just keep on livin'
How far is heaven?
Yeah, Lord, can you tell me?
How far is heaven? (Cause I just gotta to show some faith, yeah)
How far is heaven? (Yeah, Lord, can you tell me?)

Tu que estas en alto cielo
Echame tu bendicion

Cause I know there's a better place than this place I'm living
How far is heaven?
So I just got to have some faith and just keep on giving
How far is heaven? (Yeah, Lord, can you tell me?)
How far is heaven? (Cause I just got to know how far, yeah)
How far is heaven? (Yeah, Lord, can you tell me?)
How far is heaven? (Cause I just gotta know how far)
I just want to know how far

Writer/s: HENRY GARZA, JOEY GARZA, RINGO GARZA 
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Insight – A Palinode

Part 1 - Misunderstood  (Prior Poem)

Your eyes no longer hide the truth
They have become the lens
to your dark soul
The bitterness written
between the lines of your face
Chiseled deep into the crevices
where it now resides
Dragging the once curve of a smile
into a permanent scowl
The magnitude of your suffering
living on display for all to see
Your strange, misunderstood past
responsible for a demeanor 
that pushes friendship away
Making it impossible for anyone
to come close so they might
know more of your story and pain
Part 2 - Insight

What a difference a day can make
The light in your eyes
flickers ever so slightly
A weight carried heavily
on your weary shoulders
is now a little lighter 
Shadows of a smile
can be seen more often
as hope returns to your closed heart
Opening it wider to receive
the good blessings being
showered on you once more
Friends never left you
Remaining on the periphery
of your life for when
you needed them most

 
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All Rights Reserved

Grace is hosting Meet at the Bar at D'Verse Poets tonight
and has prompted us with a Palinode.
A palinode or palinody is an ode or song that retracts or
recants a view or sentiment to what the poet wrote in a previous poem. 
The writing challenge is to write a palinode. This can be in relation
to a poem you have written before (please link or include prior poem),
or as part of poem e.g. Palinode by Monica Youn.

Image by Hier und jetzt endet leider meine Reise auf Pixabay 😢 from Pixabay 

Water

Water

Every evening when the sun hangs low 
I go to the river’s edge to reminisce and cry
It is there that we would sit and talk
about anything and everything
I had been besotted with her
 
Since she has been lost to me
Time has passed slowly
And memories stay vivid
Grateful, I sit and dream
of how it might have been

Before she disappeared without a trace
I had loved her deeply
Asking for her to marry me but
she had resisted over and over
Making excuses, needing time to think
 
She had visited less after that day
Avoiding me most likely
I became despondent and sad
Imploring her to come for a swim
Just one more time I begged

She reluctantly agreed
and was a wary of me
I did not pay much heed
Once we were in the water
I begged her marry me, please! 

She ignored my pleading
I placed my hands on her shoulders
pushing her down
Holding her under the water
Until she drowned
 
 
Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved

Ingrid is guest host at D'Verse Poets tonight and has prompted
us with Exploring the Narrative Voice.

The challenge is to write a poem in the voice of a fictional character.
It can be any character you like, and you can introduce it in your own
voice if you choose (à la Coleridge, though I certainly wouldn’t insist
on this) but the main body of the poem must be in the voice of your
character. If you wish, you can write a dramatic monologue, such as
My Last Duchess by Robert Browning; or create a spirit voice through
whom your poem speaks, as in Stevie Smith’s The River God. The choice
is yours: I want you to experiment with fiction in your poetry.

I am presenting a reworked poem from 2018.  I think it fits the
prompt.

Image by No-longer-here from Pixabay 
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