I Come Into This World

Songs by Andrea Cefalo and David Kisor

 

1) I Come Into This World

I come into this world to see

The gun fall from the shooters hand

The moment that we understand

The body that we’re killing is our own

 

I come into this world to hear

The cries of hopeless desperation

Turn to shouts of celebration

Welcoming the wayward loved-one home

 

I come unto this world to touch

With healing hands the wound still bleeding

In the heart still longing, needing

Comfort through the night

 

I come to see and hear and touch

The want, the need, the pain, the aching

Till that perfect dawn comes breaking

Through the darkness, filling us with light

 

I come into this world to hold

The hand of every other creature

Walking till we finally reach the

Resting place promised from the start

 

I come into this world to know

The people who would rather die than

Let an angry, unkind word fly

From their lips to pierce another’s heart

 

I come into this world to sing

The sacred chant the earth has sung

Since all the stars and moon were hung

To guide us ever home

 

I come into this world to see

The gun fall from the shooters hand

The moment that we understand

The precious life we’re saving is our own

 

 

I come into this world to sing

The sacred chant the earth has sung

Since all the stars and moon were hung

To guide us ever home

 

I come into this world to see

The gun fall from the shooters hand

The moment that we understand

The precious life we’re keeping is our own

 

2) What You Are To Me                  

You’re the first flower that blooms in the melting snow

The last star that shines in the dawn

The first place my wandering mind wants to go

The feeling that’s left when the last feeling’s gone

 

A flock of birds taking flight, vivid dreams in the night

The moon held in the branches of a tree

The first glimpse of the shore after a long time at sea

All this and more is what you are to me

 

The tears that I cry when I just can’t stop laughing

The silence that says more than words

A fireplace ablaze in a snow-covered cabin

When your lips move and it’s my name that’s heard

 

The feeling that lingers from the touch of your fingers

That sets my emotions free

That sweet moment before an untold mystery

All this and more is what you are to me

 

You’re the first flower that blooms in the melting snow

The last star that shines in the dawn

The first place my wandering mind wants to go

The feeling that’s left when the last feeling’s gone

 

 

3) Take Us Down

We’re tired of drinking water from a jar

Take us down to the river

To feel the flow right where we are

Take us to down the river

 

To live the life we’ve not lived yet

Let us jump in and get soaking wet

 

Take us down to the river

Take us down

Take us down to the river

Take us down

 

No more slippery cloud-like moon

Take us to down the river

Give us the hot bright light of noon

Take us to down the river

 

Morning after morning we soak up the wealth

The face of peace, the sun itself

 

Take us down to the river

Take us down

Take us down to the river

Take us down

 

The work unfinished, we diminish

Idle, reckless, worn out, worthless, breathless on the ground

Take us down

 

We’re tired of drinking water from a jar

Take us down to the river

To feel the flow right where we are

Take us to down the river

 

Beyond ideas of right and wrong

Take us back where we belong

 

Take us down to the river

Take us down

Take us down to the river

Take us down

 

4) Love’s Tavern                  

Come to Love’s Tavern where we drink till we’re drunk

Every road has been wrecked, every ship has been sunk

Come live every moment for all that it’s worth

Till heaven’s jealous of the love we make here on earth

 

Come to Love’s Tavern there’s a place for you here

Every back gets a scratch, every kiss gets a cheer

Come let down your hair till it touches the dirt

And heaven’s jealous of the love we make here on earth

 

Come to Love’s Tavern where we dance all night long

Every tear turns to laughter, every heartache to song

Come stand a table and hike up your skirt

Till heaven’s jealous of the love we make here on earth

 

Come to Love’s Tavern where there’s always enough

Pass the whisky of wisdom, pour the liquor of love

The Innkeeper knows how to cure every hurt                             

Till heaven’s jealous of the love we make here on earth

 

Come to Love’s Tavern where we drink till we’re drunk

Every road has been wrecked, every ship has been sunk

Come live every moment for all that it’s worth

Till heaven’s jealous of the love we make here on earth

 

Till heaven’s jealous of the love we make here on earth

 

5) God Laughing      

I heard God laughing

I heard God sing to me

I saw God napping

And peeking from a tree

 

Guess I forgot

That it is all just me

Then I heard God laughing

And it jogged my memory

 

I heard God laughing

I combed God through my hair

I saw God pour the wine

Then offer me a chair

 

We spent the day

In playful reverie

I heard God laughing

It’s my favorite melody

 

Life’s too sweet and juicy to get jumbled up with worry

Slow down, what’s your hurry?

 

Life’s too sweet and tasty to be wasted on worry

Slow down, what’s your hurry?

 

I hear God laughing                         

I hear God sing to me

I see God napping                            

And peeking from a tree

 

Let’s not forget                                             

It’s all just you and me

When I hear God laughing              

It jogs my memory

 

I hear God laughing                         

It’s my favorite melody

 

6) I’m Not a Hothouse Flower

I’m not a hothouse flower

I am the hardy kind

I don’t need a fancy house

This place suits me just fine

 

I open to the sun

My roots are deep and strong

And if I should wither

Know I’ll bloom again soon

 

The promise of springtime

The birth of a new moon

A perennial wonder

The morning and the dew

 

I open to the sun

My roots are deep and strong

Though my petals are wilted

My colors are true

May not win the blue ribbon

But I might just win you

 

I am the bursting bud

I am the climbing vine

I am the wild rose

I am the sweet dark night

 

And though the ground is frozen

And the air so cold

I will push through the stubborn earth

To behold

 

Another bright warm day

I unfurl my leaves and pray

That I’ll open up a little more

Each day

 

 

7) Curly Love

Wrapped around your finger like a fiddlehead fern 

I tried to walk a straight line but all I do is turn

Back in the direction of my heart’s connection

Upon close inspection, no surprise to learn that it’s

 

Curly love, curly love

Let me wrap around you wrappin’ around me

Wrapped around this

Curly love

 

Coiled around your current like a live electric wire 

Your spiral staircase spinning, each step takes me higher

I’m so glad to be orbiting your gravity

Naturally it had to be that circle of fire called

 

Curly love, curly love

Let me wrap around you wrappin’ around me

Wrapped around this

Curly love

 

Mighty Aphrodite gave me this crown

Released the kundalini from the place it was bound

No need to circumnavigate, natural as the love we make

Nothing in this world escapes this vortex of fate called

 

Curly love, curly love

Let me wrap around you wrappin’ around me

Wrapped around this

Curly love

 

 

8) Love Comes With A Knife

Love comes with a knife

A piercing feeling, deep and rare

Love comes with a knife

Lays you open, leaves you there

 

The hint of death in the breath of life

Sinner, savior, husband, wife

Love comes with a knife

 

We think we see the enormity of love with our eyes

And call it ours by wrapping arms around it

Like a tiny spider trying to wrap a wasp ten times its size

And keep it just because she found it

 

Love comes with a knife

A piercing feeling, deep and rare

Love comes with a knife

Lays you open, leaves you there

 

The shiver in the cold, dark night

Sinner, savior, husband, wife

Love comes with a knife

 

We make our pledges and walk the edges of the crooked ocean shore

Holding up our clothes to try to keep them dry

When will we tear away all that we thought we were before?

Jump in, naked, fragile, not afraid to die

 

Love comes with a knife

A piercing feeling, deep and rare

Love comes with a knife

Lays you open, leaves you there

 

The hint of death in the breath of life

The shiver in the cold, dark night

Sinner, savior, lover, leaver, true believer, husband, wife

Love comes with a knife

 

 

9) Take Up Love

Against the evening sky I know you’re driving away

I walked you to the door and said good bye

A softer smile, a sweeter high, I could never find

And you’re the only key I want to try

 

It’s so hard to fall in love

So you might as well jump in and don’t look back

Yes, it’s so hard to fall in love

But you can wake up and take it up

 

These January days are short but somehow feel so long

I guess that’s the way it is sometimes, when your sweetheart is gone

But I think of all the things we’ll do when you can get home

And I might just sing this song into your phone

 

It’s so hard to fall in love

You can send your whole life trying to find a way

Yes, it’s so hard to fall in love

But you can wake up and take it up

 

Don’t know why they call it falling in love

When to me it feels like rising up

 

It’s so hard to fall in love

So you might as well jump in and don’t look back

Yes, it’s so hard to fall in love

But you can wake up and take it up

You can wake up and take up love

 

You can wake up and take up love

 

10) The Friend’s Delight                 

You’ve been handed a Divine Invitation

You’re invited to meet the Friend

You can be dragged kicking and screaming

Or get dressed up and come dancing in

 

You don’t have to act crazy no more

We all know how to play that part

Just look into the clear mountain mirror

Wash the pain from your sweet eyes and heart

 

And we dance (and we dance)

And we dance (and we dance)

We dance in the soft moonlight

And we dance (and we dance)

And we dance (and we dance)

We dance to the Friend’s Delight

 

I’m in love with the one who hides in you

I set pots of wine and milk at your door

Come crawling out of the hole you’ve been

Or I’ll be singing this song evermore

 

And we dance (and we dance)

And we dance (and we dance)

We dance in the soft moonlight

And we dance (and we dance)

And we dance (and we dance)

We dance to the Friend’s Delight

 

You’ve been handed a Divine Invitation

You’re invited to meet the Friend

You can be dragged kicking and screaming

Or get dressed up and come dancing in

 

And we dance (and we dance)

And we dance (and we dance)

We dance in the soft moonlight

And we dance (and we dance)

And we dance (and we dance)

We dance to the Friend’s Delight