"Swing Low Sail High" as written by and Tara Nicole Mehta....
I have failed you, I have failed you
I have lost my way, lost my nerve
I’ve failed you

But I love you, how I love you
I have turned my back, left you last
but I love you

O setting sun don’t sink before I’ve found my heart
Heart don’t give up now while there’s still time
Time don’t beat your old retreat
stay a little while with me
til I’ve looked the whole thing in the eye

I have waited, I have waited
for the big reveal, the even keel
I have waited

But there’s no one who
makes it all come true
Just altars gathering dust while we bow to them

O night bring all your shadows and your silence
Silence make a hostage of my mind
Mind bring on your trickery
Black dogs nip on at my heels
til i’ve looked the whole thing in the eye

Swing low, sail high

I have failed you, I have failed you
I’ve closed my heart,
I have failed you

But I love you, how I love you
All my days will rearrange to say I love you

O setting sun don’t weep for all the things you lose
morning comes as sure as it must die
dying is such mystery
yet I wonder will it be
when I’ve looked the whole thing in the eye


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  • +2
    General CommentThe narrator has (as is clearly stated) failed someone they love and want forgiveness. But beyond that, I think that they are also just pondering life (and death, in the last verse) "I have waited, I have waited...but there's no one who makes it all come true," makes me think that they are realizing that they really love the person, and life, and that they're really ready to "look the whole thing in the eye." This is a powerful song that feels like it was written right before the narrator goes back to the person they love, and the life they want to live, and confronts their fears as a stronger person than they were recently. This song always puts me in a good mood :)
    Viking23on April 05, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a profoundly beautiful song. For me, it helps me deal with the guilt I feel not being more there for people, closing my own heart at times, and ways I've fooled myself into thinking one person will fulfill me, and the mystery of life and death, and a deep, abiding sense of meaning and sweetness , the sense that The Whole of LIfe is so beautiful and valuable that it makes all the tough stuff worth enduring. We just have to find a way to bravely "look the whole thing in the eye", so we can sail high one more time after each episode of swinging low.
    zorbheadon February 20, 2016   Link

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