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The Infidelity of Language

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When I wrote this song I was thinking about how words can betray intentions and slip from under our grasp. We try to share how we feel but we run up against the limits of language and discover a lack of fidelity between our language and our experience.

But I think love is passed between us in channels that flow deeper than words. And so there is no reason to despair when our words don't get it right. I find that to be a comforting thought. 


Some orchards bloom
Hidden from sight
Kept out of view
Alive by the night
Under the cover of love
Behind locked doors
Humbled by time and change
Quiet to the world

I’m sorry if I never loved the way I mean to I guess,
I’ve been running from you. I’ve been running from you
I try and try to say what I mean but the words
Slip outta my hands, slip outta my hands

Move in time with me
Rhythm and light
Your siren call
Pulled me aside
Not everything can stand
Not everything can last
Not everything can go
And not everything will pass

I’m sorry if I never loved the way I mean to I guess,
I’ve been running from you. I’ve been running from you
I try and try to say what I mean but the words
slip outta my hands, slip outta my hands

Got me I’m running out of your view.
Got me I’m running out of your view.
Got me I’m running out of your view.
So let me step into your view

God is here among us
In the silence between phrases
In the infidelity of language
Deep beneath our knowing glances

Beneath every hopeful sentence
Beyond every probing question
There are rivers that are flowing
They are colliding in this moment

Become estuaries between us
As our bodies tangle into one
Your water is my wine, your heat
burns my furnace bright.

Released March 03 2016


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