A Love Song That’s True

Been hearing a lot of folks complaining about Valentine’s Day this year. Right there with you, friends. Here’s a song I wrote a few years back that makes fun of most of the love songs we like to play on this day. It will probably be on my next CD:

A Love Song That’s True (words and music by Eric Folkerth)

(note: if you can’t get the player to work, it could be because it’s an old post and I had to move the file…sorry…)

A Love Song That’s True
You Mean the world to me…
But, when you’re out of town
This big blue-green ball
Keep on spinning right around.

You are a part of me…
But, that line is just pretend
‘Cause I’ve still got all my fingers
And I’ve still got all my limbs

And I’d be lost without you…
But, the truth is, when I pack
That I always take a compass
And I usually take a map.

And so what I’m really search for
Is a love song that’s true
So, I guess that I’ll just say that I love you.

You’re the wind in my wings…
But, that’s really quite absurb
‘Cause you’re really not the wind
And I’m really not a bird.

You are my only one…
And yet, when I count my friends
They number in the hundreds
Or at least into the tens.

And I’m totally crazy ’bout you…
But, the simple truth remains
Every moment we’re together
I’m really still quite sane.

And so what I’m really search for
Is a love song that’s true
So, I guess that I’ll just say that I love you.

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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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