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Monday, 16 January 2012

Only Love - A Song for the Day After MLK Day - Arends

Ever since we moved, I miss my old drycleaners.  They never put staples in my clothes, their prices were great, and the owner's son, John, always had the best quotes up on a chalkboard in the customer area.  One day I was dropping off some sweaters and read something deeply true from Martin Luther King, Jr ... by the time the sweaters were ready for pick-up, I'd gotten a good start on a song the quote inspired, and eventually I finished it up with my good bud (and brill writer) Brad Crisler.  Today, in light of yesterday's observance in America of MLK Day, I thought I'd share the lyric of the song with you.

Only Love 
words and music by Carolyn Arends and Brad Crisler
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -- Martin Luther King Jr.




No one ever overcomes the dark with darkness
It takes a little light to chase the shadows back
So tell me why I try to fight the hate with hatred
When only love can do that

When I'm in this hole I just keep digging deeper
And when I lose my way I circle 'round this track
Trying to mend my heart with all the things that break it
When only love can do that

Only love, only love
Only love, only love
The more I try to fill me up
The more I lack
'Cause only love can do that

Well I could swear sometimes it seems like I'm in quicksand
Or like I'm sinking fast in water cold and black
I go deeper down the more I try to save me
Guess only love can do that

Only love, only love
Only love, only love
The more I try to fill me up
The more I lack
'Cause only love can do that

Well I have heard it said that you might be the answer
And it occurs to me -- that could be a fact
'Cause it was you who gave your life up for another
And only love can do that

Only love, only love
Only love, only love
The more I try to fill me up
The more I lack
'Cause only love can do that

c 2001 Songs of Peer, Ltd / Mr. Marley's Music (ASCAP)/EMI/April Music
Inc./Waltztime Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

If you'd like to download this song for free, you can get it HERE

Shalom,
Carolyn

www.carolynarends.com

2 comments:

Charles Van Gorkom said...

Beautiful song.
beautiful Lord.
Beautiful love.

Peter Black said...

Wonderful!
Thank you Carolyn.