Walk With Me (A New Song!)

So, this morning, I joked on Facebook that I was going to stay off the computer all day today. And, except for one relapse at approximately 9:30 (where I was busted by Susan B, Frank R, and Lisa M., all three…) I kept to my word.

In a perfect world, Fridays would always be a day for me to do three things:
1) Exercise an extra-long time,
2) Journal.
3) Write songs and do music-related stuff.

Far too often, I don’t do any of them, or maybe just one.

So, low and behold, today –and for reasons I cannot entirely explain– I appear to have written a new song. I’ve got about four or five half written songs. But none of those got done today. Instead, this new one popped up out of nowhere.

Go figure.

Anyway, thanks to the MacBook Pro, here’s a rough cut for you (begging your close attention to the word “rough.”).

Here you go:

I’m not sure where this one came from. Had the lick from the other night. The lyrics seem inspired by a picture that was sitting on my desk today, given to me by a friend name Gene many months ago now. The picture is of two friends sitting on a park bench by a lakeside, as shadows fall. That’s it. I really think it probably just comes from that….and from the inspiration of being around my songwriter friends at Kerrville about a month ago now.

Lyrics below. You hope enjoy it.

WALK WITH ME

Walk with me down by the lakeside
Just as the Sun disappears
We’ll skip a few stones on the smooth side
One for each thrown-away fear.

And as shadows fall
We can pause for the call
Of the night breeze.

The waves and the wind
Can remind us again
We’re still free.
We’re still free.
≈≈≈≈≈

Walk with me down by the lakeshore
Just as water and sky start to glow
And the glow lights this trail other feet wore
Marking each step that we go.

And with each footfall
We’re reminded of all
We can still see.

So as darkness grows
Even if our pace slows
We’re still free.
We’re still free.
≈≈≈≈≈

Walk with me down by the lake edge
Just as the Moon rises high
We’ll sing our goodbyes to the sunset
And a chorus up to the night sky.

In the calm of the night
We’re amazed by the sights
We can still see.

So as night descends
And our journey ends
We’re still free.
We’re still free.
≈≈≈≈≈

Walk with me down by the lakeside
Just as the Sun disappears
We’ll skip a few stones on the smooth side
One for each thrown-away fear.

Copyright © Eric Folkerth, 2009.
All Rights Reserved.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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