"Speak The Word" as written by and Tracy L Chapman....
Unsettled hearts
Promise what they can't deliver
Bring me the wine
And the cold night air to clear my head
Gray matter memory house
Master of this trembling flesh
Steady still my doubts
Let me speak the word that precedes bliss
Let me speak the word
Let me speak the word

Love love love love love love love love

Let me speak the word
Let me speak the word

Love love love love love love love love

Let me speak the word
Let me speak the word

Let me speak the word
Let me speak the word

These weakened knees
Have not touched ground or pew in ages
I haven't bowed my head
To offer thanks to any god or to ask for favors
But watch me now
I'm falling down
Praying
To speak the word that precedes bliss
To speak the word
To speak the word

Love love love love love love love love

Let me speak the word
Let me speak the word

Love love love love love love love love

Let me speak the word
Let me speak the word

Let me speak the word
Let me speak the word

Speak the word
Let me speak the word
Let me speak the word
La la la, la la la la
Let me speak the word
Let me speak the word
La la la la, la la la la la
Let me speak the word
Let me speak the word
La la la, la la la la
Let me speak the word
Let me speak the word
La la la la, la la la la la
Let me speak the word
Let me speak the word
La la la, la la la la
La la la la la la la la (speak the word, speak the word)
La la la la la la la la (speak the word, speak the word)
La la la la la la la la (speak the word, speak the word)


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"Speak the Word" as written by Tracy L Chapman

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    General Comment"Unsettled hearts Promise what they can't deliver" because they are not at peace/ in a tranquil state to make sound judgement or to deliver promises because they are lacking the composure and sound mind that love provides.
    therefore to block all these unsettling thoughts and inhibitions, "wine" is deemed necessary. the symbolism in the air is that it is "cold" therefore metaphorically speaking, it serves to "numb" those thoughts, the unsettling ones. "grey matter" could refer to the memory warehouse in the brain and these thoughts are the cause of the "trembling flesh". thus the state that "preceeds bliss", that provides a safety zone before one wonders down this path of bliss and oblivion is a state that can be achieved through "love". the repetetive utterances of the word "love" by Tracy are also indicative of how she wishes to emphasize her point, that in any situation, things can always be seen from a better light and good can be achieved if the element of love is present. Love Conquers all.
    edzaon September 24, 2010   Link

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