Between Earth and Heaven

by James Delsono

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Tango 03:35
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There's this modern "spirituality" Where everything is "just for me" ... Where heaven's door's locked up, you see, And lets us in, but for a fee ... It's all about "enlightenment" It's all 'bout "self-improvement" It's all about what WE can get ... And there is something left unsaid: Where is Jesus? "Love your neighbour as yourself" Where is Jesus? "Love him so, no more no less" ... Where is Jesus? "There's no greater love than this ..." Where is Jesus? "Than loving your enemies ..." Nowadays, the selfish gene We let loose like a machine; We have never quite enough And if others suffer? "Tough! Where's it said I have to care For my brother? Let him bear His own fardels, his own weight!" That's how hate we generate ... Where is Jesus? "Love your neighbour as yourself" Where is Jesus? "Love him so, no more no less" ... Where is Jesus? "There's no greater love than this ..." Where is Jesus? "Than loving your enemies ..." And thus we give our conceit Record heights for it to hit; Meditate we do, for more For ourselves, for evermore ... We have never quite enough, And if others suffer? "Tough!" Is there another way, you know, For us all to save our souls? Where is Jesus? "Love your neighbour as yourself" Where is Jesus? "Love him so, no more no less" ... Where is Jesus? "There's no greater love than this ..." Where is Jesus? "Than loving your enemies ..." Where is Jesus? Where is Jesus?
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Love Letter 03:57
When I'll be old And sat with you by the fire This story will be told, as I Look at you, and never tire Of your beautiful, lovely eyes That have saved my life; I'll be thanking the skies That you are my wife ... You have loved me so I don't know what I have done To deserve you, though ... When we dance, we're one ... You have saved my soul From the ghosts of the past ... I can hold you close And sigh softly: "at last ..." But for now, it's just me, Alone, by this fire In my eyes, there's pain From some past desire ... To meet you, I haven't yet; And as I wait to be saved From myself, I let My soul fly ahead to when ... I will have said: You have loved me so I don't know what I have done To deserve you, though ... When we dance, we're one ... You have saved my soul From the ghosts of the past ... I can hold you close And sigh softly: "at last ..." *** Please don't tarry much My hair's already grey, I am no great catch, I'm getting older every day ... But if you're out there Please don't turn me down Hope you answer my prayer Before in tears I drown ...
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You were ever so beautiful When I first saw you, that July, The sun, the Earth were standing still When I could finally call you mine ... You were ever so wonderful When I had hugged you, that first time, The moon, the stars were looking on As we first kissed, close to midnight ... And we knew then that nothing would Stand in our way, oh come what may Our eyes, our lips, our gentle kisses Would be there for us every day ... And, through our smiles and through our tears We would hold on and keep at bay All that the world would throw at us ... This truly was our Independence Day. *** And we knew then that nothing would Come in between us, come what may ... Our lives, our love would keep us close And keep us standing every day ... And, through our smiles and through our tears We would hold on and keep at bay All that the world would throw at us ... This truly IS our Independence Day. *** ... our Independence Day.
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When we met, first time, that Sunday morning, That first time you softly looked at me, I felt my eyes slowly filling up with tears And, for some reason, I could no longer see. *** I can't fall in love, baby My soul's an empty nest I can't fall in love, baby ... My mind simply won't rest ... For I can't love another My heart won't take no guest And I can't love no other For you were simply the best. ***** Sitting here, visiting old memories ... It's been many years since I first saw your face It's been e'er so long since I looked in your eyes ... Felt you close in a mutual tight embrace. Women come and go ... with passing glances, Smiling back, I let them go, each one ... I am grateful for all the second chances ... But my mind, my heart, my soul are done. *** I can't fall in love, baby My soul's an empty nest I can't fall in love, baby ... My mind simply won't rest ... I can't love another My heart won't take no guest; I can't love no other For you were simply the best. ***** Many years have passed since we first met Many years will pass 'till I see you once more But, until the day does arrive, I will ever love you as before. Stunning roses do remind me of you Their perfume of your heavenly scent ... Travelling ever, we will be, once more, You, my lady ... and I, your gent. *** I can't fall in love, baby My soul's an empty nest; I can't fall in love, baby ... My mind simply won't rest ... I can't love another My heart won't take no guest; I can't love no other For you were simply the best.
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He opens up and sings to them A song of friends no more, He's overwhelmed by memories And stories of before. His voice, it soars amid the tears, The notes, they choke him so; He sings as he's never done before And never will, you know. The audience cries, oh how they cry At his heartbreaking tale; He smiles as he takes his bow, His heart truly unveiled. And then, so proud at what he did He wants to share it all: And, so that others hear his pain, He goes to a record store. *** "The tape's not good enough" he's told, "For your voice on it doth shake! We cannot share this with the world, We have a name to make. How dare you show your soul on this! You know it's not polite! Come back when you sing, note by note, A song that's somewhat trite". *** He opens up and sings once more A song that means so much But not to others any more ... Not e'en to friends, as such. He sings for friendship and for those He knew ago so long ... As to the world, he's happy to Let others sing their songs.
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Kyrie eleison. Christe eleison. Gloria in excelsis Deo. Holy, Holy, Holy Lord ... Do This In Memory of Me. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Our daily bread, give us today, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Let us not fall into temptation, but deliver us from evil ... Dona nobis pacem. Amen.
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Rose 03:46
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Dance 03:18
And I saw you from across the room Quite so, by chance ... And, so suddenly, my heart went boom Seeing your glance ... I looked down ... and so did you Once our eyes met ... We both blushed ... and, tout d'un coup The moment went ... And I wonder what it would've been like To hold you into my arms And I wonder what we could have started that night Had I asked you ... asked you to dance. *** Many years have passed e'er since that time I saw you first And, in my heart with a burning flame, I see the ghost Of a beautiful, stunning lady Who smiled at me ... With a photo in my hand, so hazy, Still you I see ... *** And I wonder what it would've been like To hold you into my arms ... And I wonder what we could have started that night Had I asked you to dance ... *** Had I asked you to dance.

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released March 1, 2021

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