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Sad Eyed Stars (music and lyrics by Rachel-Ross Cambrin)

I was listening to and learning songs by Townes Van Zandt at the time, and his lyrics gave me “permission” to write about what had lead up to the depression I had experienced, and how music gave me peace, making life tolerable.
Normally it takes a while for me to complete a song, but SES was written pretty much in an evening with a few tidy up sessions. It was easy to write once I started, and effortless to complete.
Lyrics changed slightly over time and when I corrected the final copy, going off the released recording, they had to be changed from a mash of first and second person plural references to almost all first person singular. In particular “word” was changed to “world” in the chorus changing its meaning. The new stanza, “to a world not black or white.”, is not a racial reference but intended to imply that things can more grey than binary. The process of letting my live mutterings influence final versions of songs has been something that has worked for me in the past and this song is no exception.
If nothing else, Sad Eyed Stars is my story, or at least part of it.

Lyrics

SAD EYED STARS (written by Rachel-Ross Cambrin)

Came alive in a moment.
Lost my eyes on the way.
My bitterness was unspoken, thought suicide when I prayed.
My smiles were the songs that I sang.

Rung my rhymes mouth wide open, of the life I betrayed.
Suffering but not broken, what spirit could I save?
Sorrow was a friend that I made.
Tomorrow was my island in the waves.

Oh my God what sad eyed stars in the heavens shine tonight,
With a faith in who we are, and a love can makes it right.
In the wisdom of my pain, rides the ripples of my waves,
Through the rivers of my days, to a world not black or white.

Uncivilized but well spoken, wrote my letters in the sand.
Swollen, and teeth broken, I realized who I am.
Hope was a friend that I made.
I woke up in the sand, in the waves.

Oh my God what sad eyed stars in the heavens shine tonight,
With a faith in who we are, and a love that makes it right.
In the wisdom of my pain, rides the ripples of my waves
Through the rivers of my days, to a world not black or white.

Turn my eyes on.
Turn my eyes on.
Turn my eyes on.

©2015 Ross Cambrin