Joe Jencks

Only Love Remains

from What Kind Of Brother

Written: 02/1999 I wrote this song on the night my dear friend Mark Spittal died.  I couldn't sleep and I kept hearing his beautiful voice in my head every time I closed my eyes.  I remembered all of the things he shared with me in his last few months, and from those conversations this song was born.  Thank you, Mark, for your many years of faith and support.  Be well.

You ask me if I could live life over, are there things that I would change
And if I had the power to go through time, are there things I'd rearrange
I had to think about your queston before I gave you my reply
Because I want to be telling you the truth when I look into you eyes

I would start with love as the background for my scene
Add the voice of children like singing in my dreams
Weave a song of hope for those who've lost their way
Hang it in the sky just to push the clouds a way
Plant a seed of justice and nourish it with care
Then I'd watch it bloom, smell its sweetness in the air
Take away this suffering, these shackles and these chains
When we finally overcome our fear, only love remains

When I look back on the life I've tried to live, there are times I must concede
When the best I had to give was not enough to help a friend who was in need
So in this light I now forgive you for the times you've wounded me
And I hope that you'll forgive me too so that we may both be free

Let us start with love as the background for our scene
Add the voice of children like singing in my dreams
Weave a song of hope for those who've lost their way
Hang it in the sky just to push the clouds a way
Plant a seed of justice and nourish it with care
Then I'd watch it bloom, smell its sweetness in the air
Take away this suffering, these shackles and these chains
When we finally overcome our fear, only love remains

When we finally get over space and time all we have is here and now
In the middle of it all now don't you think we will meet again somehow
Do not be saddened by my parting, go and do what you must do
But know that when you sing a song of truth I will walk with you

Let us start with love as the background for our scene
Add the voice of children like singing in my dreams
Weave a song of hope for those who've lost their way
Hang it in the sky just to push the clouds a way
Plant a seed of justice and nourish it with care
Then I'd watch it bloom, smell its sweetness in the air
Take away this suffering, these shackles and these chains
When we finally overcome our fear, only love remains

© 1999 Joe Jencks

updated: 8 years ago