With Me – Guitar & Piano Medley for Insight Timer

This medley contains guitar and piano tracks for these five songs: My Shining Star, With Me, Take Me Away, The Key and Wonder Why.

Below are lyrics. The links to stories about my songs include recordings with vocals.

My shining star

My song began with inspiration from a poem written to my mother. I also imagined a future lover speaking to me. But “my shining star” became love from the heavens and was the comfort I needed so I could heal.

MY SHINING STAR

Shining star so bright

you wink to me every night

moonlight glows upon my bed

I hear your voice inside my head

Shining star so bright

surround me with your lovely light

I reach for you in my sleep

you comfort me while I weep

In my heart you will stay

I’ll hold onto our dream forever

the stars above, remind me of our love

each and every day, wherever you are

you’re my shining star

Shining star so bright

even though you’re not in sight

with my eyes closed, your breath I feel

you whisper in my ear to heal

In my heart you will stay

I’ll hold onto our dream forever

the stars above, remind me of our love

each and every day, wherever you are

you’re my shining star so bright

I’ll dream of you tonight

In my heart you will stay

I’ll hold onto our dream forever

the stars above, remind me of our love

each and every day, wherever you are

you’re my shining star


Story behind MY SHINING STAR

 

WITH METhis song was composed a week after my father’s death in 2012. Feeling my father’s love helped me greatly as I was going through a separation at that time, too. My song also held a spiritual reference to God.

 

WITH ME

I look at the clouds and see your face

You’re watching me; smiling from space

Not sure where I’m going or when I’ll get there

But you are with me; you’re everywhere

When I’m discouraged, sometimes I crawl

You hold me up so I won’t fall

Not sure of my life now or where I will go

But you are with me; that much I know

With me, when I was born

With me as I mourn

With me in every song

You’re with me to keep me strong

With me every day

With me in every way

With me and always near

You take away all of my fear

Though I can’t see you; you’re not in sight

Through the darkness you are my light

Not sure what will happen or how things will be

Yet I am certain, you are with me

With me, when I was born

With me as I mourn

With me in every song

You’re with me to keep me strong

With me every day

With me in every way

With me and always near

You take away my fear

With me when I cry

With me when I die

Watching my life unfold

You’re with me, as I grow old

You’re with me . . . as I grow old

Story behind WITH ME-PART 1

Story behind WITH ME-PART 2

Story behind WITH ME-PART 3

 

Although I was inspired to write a song about being taken on vacation, my true feelings emerged. I dreamed of holding my mom one more time.

TAKE ME AWAY

 

I’m on a road; I’ve travelled so far

Not sure where I am or where you are

I long to escape when I go to sleep

But my dreams are so vivid; they make me weep

I know you are gone

I just can’t move on

 

Take me away to a lovely day

Where I’m holding you again

It’s hard to face

I’m crying while I’m dreaming

of seeing you someday

But in my dreams

you take me away

 

For the first time I’m on my own

Everything’s changed; all that I’ve known

I wanted to leave my sadness behind

But memories of us fill up my mind

I know you are gone

I just can’t move on

 

Take me away to a lovely day

Where I’m holding you again

It’s hard to face

I’m crying while I’m dreaming

of seeing you someday

But in my dreams

you take me away

 

Take me away to a lovely day

Where I’m holding you again

It’s hard to face

that you’re gone forever

Every night I pray

In my dreams

you’ll take me away

Story behind TAKE ME AWAY-PART 1

Story behind TAKE ME AWAY-PART 2

This song was pivotal for me healing. I left my prison of grief when I found the key that released me. The revelation was that he brought it to me.

The Key

 

After you left I was locked away

In a prison of grief; I cried every day

I couldn’t escape and years went by

I accepted my prison and stopped asking why

 

When I saw the key, I couldn’t believe

The prison doors opened; I could leave

I lost what I loved; grief swallowed me

Until the day I found the key

 

I let myself out; life wasn’t the same

I slowly adjusted, but whispered your name

I tried to forget all I went through

But I never let go of my love for you

 

When I saw the key, I couldn’t believe

The prison doors opened; and I could leave

I never dreamed that I’d be free

But then one day, I found the key

 

When I saw the key, I couldn’t believe

The prison doors opened; I could leave

What I loved most was taken from me

But you came back to bring me the key

 

Story behind THE KEY-PART 1

Story behind THE KEY-PART 2

Wonder is a beautiful word. It is about questioning, as well as awe. This song is about my dialog with God because I wonder why there is so much suffering in the world.

WONDER WHY

 

I’m thankful for life but I’ve lived with grief

Although I am hopeful, I long for belief

I wish there’s a way you could explain

Why life holds so much pain

 

I look at the mountains into the blue sky

I wish somehow I could fly

Away from sadness, torture and madness

As I cry, I wonder – why?

 

Life can be sweet, we hope and we dream

‘til tragedy leaves us to scream

Diseases and death, lives are destroyed

Prayer vanishes into that void

 

I look at the mountains into the blue sky

Searching for answers before I die

For those who suffer, the road is much tougher

As I cry, I wonder – why?

 

God, I want to believe in you

I just wish I knew

 

So much of life seems so unfair

People are broken and filled with despair

 

I look at the mountains into the blue sky

My doubt is something I cannot deny

If it was planned, I don’t understand

God I cry and wonder – why?

 

Story behind WONDER WHY-PART 1