Truthfully, I’m not sure I can talk about this song. There’s too much in it. Too much of me and my hurts and Sarah and hers. Sarah wrote it for me in June 2002, and no matter what, it will always hold truth for both of us. And I think it is possibly the finest thing she has ever written. The lyrics still bite down into me and surprise me and I’ve been singing this song for 15 years.
This song is one we dedicate to friends and strangers, depending on the day. Today, I’m dedicating it to you, if you need it. I don’t know who you are or what you’re going through or how life has treated you. I don’t know if these words are imprinted on your soul the way they were or are on mine.
And I’m not trying to be pithy and I’m not trying to be insincere.
But, honestly — if you need it, if you need someone who’s been there…
I give you my love
And hope that it will be enough.
*Please note that this entry has been backdated. Basically, the summer got completely away from me AND I lost access to posting on the site from the reliable computer I’d been using — and posting via smartphone is not as elegant as it sounds. So, to make up for it, I’ve retroactively put this entry here. Hopefully this won’t become an annual trend!