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I’VE ALWAYS CARED
Original Song by Judy Unger, Copyright 2010
Has it really been that long?
For years we were strangers
But I knew all along
I’ve always cared, and I always will
Never felt that way until
I passed through my life without you
I’ve always felt and I’ll always feel
Now I know it is for real
And this time, and this time
I want to be with you, with you
We’re back together
I wonder what lies ahead
The past is behind us
There’s so much left unsaid
I dreamed of you and the life we once shared
You weren’t gone, ’cause I still cared
Now I want to be with you, with you
I loved you still, though we were apart
No one else could know, the way you touched my heart
Now I want to be with you, with you . . . with you
Today, I went into the studio to record an old song entitled, “I’ve Always Cared.”
George calls me a “Libra girl” and makes fun of many of my “clunky,” big words. On this song today, we eliminated two of those. Here they are: inconceivable and scattered remnants. He wasn’t crazy about “tread,” but we left it.
My song formerly began on the chorus. We both decided it would be better to save the chorus and begin with a verse. However, I only had two verses. I wrote the third verse in ten minutes, and I announced each line to George. He had ideas for rhymes, but I told him that if they weren’t perfect rhymes to forget it! He gave up.
George helped me figure out good chords for an introduction. This song has very unusual chords for the verses. He came up with an excellent, brief progression of chords that perfectly transitioned into the first verse.
As usual, once I finished recording my two guitar tracks, and vocals, I was fascinated to see what instrumentation he would come up with. Together we bantered like brother and sister. George always glared at me when I tried to second-guess him.
I left his studio with another great recording.
Today for some reason, my mood is lighter. My humor has returned. The other day I caught our adorable Chihuahua, named Killer, peeking out from under a bedspread – right near where my pillow was. I took his picture.
My revelation: I have no working memory! Only half an hour later, I lay down on my poor, sleeping dog. I felt the lump and then I jumped! (Hey, good rhyme.) He was too shocked to even let out a yelp.
He wheezed for a few minutes and then he was okay.
Our little dog got even with me the next day. My oldest son came to me breathless and informed me, “Mom! I asked you to make sure Killer stayed away from my dinner! He ate my burrito! Why did you leave it on the dining room table?”
That was a very good question.
I came home after recording. I wanted to post something about my song, “I’ve Always Cared.” I remember when I wrote this song. I was going through a difficult time trying to decide between two boyfriends. There was the one from high school that I had gone to two proms with, and then there was my future husband.
For fun, I am sharing some diary pages from an exciting time in my life.
The very last paragraph of my post is the punch line.
My song, “I’ve Always Cared,” was probably not written for my husband – I think I wrote it for the “other guy!” I had a lot of guilt over how I treated him. I wanted to believe I knew what I was doing in getting back together with him before our final breakup.
However, sharing this doesn’t take away anything from a song that is still relevant and meaningful for me!
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