MY SONG UNSUNG
I’ve played my songs on countless shores
in quiet shade of sycamores
All my pain was overcome
by heart-torn lyric and a strum
When I was young
I wrote my song unsung
Experience, it felt so cold
but music was my friend
I lived wearing a blindfold
Yet with lyrics I didn’t pretend
Through the years, when life was hard
my heart became numb and scarred
All my joy had gone away
and with sadness I couldn’t play
I was still young
I left my song unsung
Loneliness had left a hole
for years I made no sound
‘til music came to soothe my soul
and to turn my life around
Dreams were fuel that kept me strong
My heart was healed because of song
I learned that I could sing and then
I discovered joy again
I found that I had faith inside
my songs returned; they had not died
And though I was no longer young
Look what my music had brung
I sang my song unsung
I sang my song unsung
In 1980, I composed a very simple love song. It only had two stanzas and was unfinished. I named it “This Song Unsung.” I clearly fantasized about falling in love, as evidenced from a diary entry around that time.
My simple song truly went unsung and for thirty years it was a distant memory.
When I began playing my guitar again in 2010, I eventually expanded “This Song Unsung” and it was renamed “Her Song Unsung.” This time, the lyrics were about rediscovering music and joy that translated to saving my lonely marriage. The last two lines went: “In his arms she did belong, her life became her love song.”
Unfortunately, what I projected did not fit my reality and It was very awkward for me to sing “Her Song Unsung” because it wasn’t honest. Also, writing in third person was very detached.
A few years later, I rewrote the lyrics to fit my life and the new title was “My Song Unsung.”
I am so grateful that I was finally able to do justice to this old song of mine. It’s no longer “unsung!”
More recordings, videos and stories can be found at this link: MY SONG UNSUNG
Beautiful Judy!! I love seeing you on the beach cross legged with the bandanna in your hair. It just brings back our youth to me!! I’m glad you sang the song unsung!! Love you!!
Dear Joni, I am so blessed to have shared so many of those guitar moments with you while growing up. Thank you for being my BFF. I am so lucky to have you. You are a treasure!!
Judy, I’m unable to view/listen to the song because my Internet is acting wonky, but I’ll be back. I do want you to know the lyrics sound beautiful (as always).
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