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 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 is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) 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, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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