Sunday, April 28, 2013

Language of the Heart

I consider David Wilcox to be one of the best singer-songwriters around.  It's a pity that not many people have heard of him.  He's got it all.  That beautiful baritone voice, a versatile finger style with cool tunings, and lyrics that can make you laugh out loud (or cry if the setting is right).  

My old buddy Pete turned me on to him in the late 90's.  He gave me this cassette tape that a sibling of his had recorded for him by placing a tape recorder next to a speaker.  It was scratchy and faint and you could hear people talking in the background.  But it captured me like no other music in a long while.  It was an album called How Did You Find Me Here?  I have never turned back.  I bought that CD, and all of the ones that came before.  And since then, I get his new ones as they come out.  His music is a challenge for me to play on guitar (I can only do simple tunings) but I know almost every word of every song by heart.  

This one, Language of the Heart, is one that I teared up on when I heard it with headphones the first time.  OK, I am easy, but it is simple and sad.  The story is one that most people can relate to - either in the sense that someone turned you away even though you thought you were in love, or maybe you did that at some time and left someone broken and hurt.  You risk a lot when you love, right?  This song may ask if it's worth it.  The answer, of course, is yes.



Language of the Heart

We made our warm bed out of blankets in the meadow way up high
You took off your dress in the moonlight, to sleep beneath the sky
Your touch was a warm summer ocean
Your kiss made the whole mountain fly
And you looked deep with in me and smiled
At the tears in my eyes

Now you can say that you always were honest
And your words were clear from the start
But it's more than just words that got spoken
There was language of the heart

I won't keep on calling your number if you never have the time
I don't want to claim you or blame you, but you're always on my mind
You had no idea I would love you
It comes as a total surprise
And you shake your head slowly and smile
At the tears in my eyes

and you say that you always were honest
And your words were clear from the start
But it's more than just words that got spoken
There was language of the heart

Your eyes like an ocean of clear sunlit green
My eyes with the salt water
Washing me clean....again

And just imagine you whispered a secret that could take away my blues
And you let me believe it to please me, though it just wasn't true
You just meant to share with me pleasure
And your gifted at what you do
But your speaking an unspoken language
I thought that you knew
It's one that we all learn by heart
And our hearts think its true

but you say that you always were honest
And your words were clear from the start
But it's more than just words that got spoken
There was language of the heart
language of the heart. 

1 comment:

Nic E said...

I am ashamed to say that I don't know him at all. It's such a pretty song. He sounds like a sort of mixture between Nick Drake and James Taylor. I like it a lot.