"The Promise" as written by and Tracy L Chapman....
If you wait for me
Then I'll come for you
Although I've traveled far
I always hold a place for you in my heart

If you think of me
If you miss me once in a while
Then I'll return to you
I'll return and fill that space in your heart

Remembering
Your touch
Your kiss
Your warm embrace
I'll find my way back to you
If you'll be waiting

If you dream of me
Like I dream of you
In a place that's warm and dark
In a place where I can feel the beating of your heart

Remembering
Your touch
Your kiss
Your warm embrace
I'll find my way back to you
If you'll be waiting

Oh, I've longed for you
And I have desired
To see your face, your smile
To be with you wherever you are

Remembering
Your touch
Your kiss
Your warm embrace
I'll find my way back to you
Please say you'll be waiting

Together again
It would feel so good to be
In your arms
Where all my journeys end
If you can make a promise
If it's one that you can keep
I vow to come for you
If you wait for me

And say you'll hold
A place for me
In your heart

A place for me in your heart
A place for me in your heart
A place for me in your heart


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"The Promise" as written by Tracy L Chapman

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    General CommentThis is a beautiful song. A song about lovers who are separated because of reasons that shouldn't have been. I think it is about young lovers who are leaving behind their love; vowing to return to each other in the end when their destined journey end. They are young, and each has own journeys to take. So, they must separate to become a person...It is a sacred vow they are going to make to each other. I think they know the pain they will go through when they have to separate. When they will be alone, in separation, when the world will be too much for them, he/she know they will remember their love, their touch, their kiss, their warm embrace...and the he/she will yearn that the other person feels the same way and will also be waiting for them. It is about the promise. The promise they are about to make to each other before they see what the world is. And here, the song also talks about faith…will that person be waiting? Life is a journey where you must make meaning for it by yourself first and see it by yourself. Then when that journey ends whatever it may be...finishing school, soul searching, what ever your journey is...you want to end that quest in the arms of your soul mate, which you were fortunate to find when you were very young.
    starrynightson March 17, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is one of the greatest songs ever and contrary to what some people believe, It is definetely not about a couple or a person going away for a while or a trip or braking up (or any of that romantic stuff) I think it is far more profound, I believe it is about a person loosing a loved one and the faith that in the after life, loved ones are still with us in a way far stronger than anything else
    depotestadon February 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhen my mom was pregnant with my brother, she would sing this song and translated it as an unborn child mostly the part about a place thats warm and dark, in a place where i can hear the beating of your heart. And maybe this is a song about a lost child or loved one. I think Tracy lost a baby, she has another song that kind of reflects that.
    msleamichon May 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWARNING! If you are in any situation similar to that in this song, listening to this will put a sword through your heart, it will make you weep like a baby and feel like you simply cannot go another day without seeing your love. >_
    Hweiglon March 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMakes me wanna cry, i'm pathetic!
    hottie_edenon August 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTracy is easily one of the most talent song writers out there. Or at least that's my humble opinon. She's so underrated, too.
    It's a shame.
    This song is so beautiful. I can't count the number of times it's made me cry.
    chellieon January 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of those songs that can be interpreted a million different ways. It's about a meaningful relationship. Their love runs deep but they're traveling in different directions. It's a song of hope, faith and promise (hence the title). Some day they'll be together again.

    If you wait for me
    then I'll come for you
    Although I've traveled far
    I always hold a place for you in my heart

    If you think of me
    If you miss me once in awhile
    Then I'll return to you
    I'll return and fill that space in your heart


    [The lyrics can be applied to any situation. I believe there is a strong connection between a mother and her child... I used to always think to myself that if I was thinking about my birthmother, maybe she'd sense it and do the same.]
    Last_niteon April 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbeautiful... nothing more... silly but I'm cryin' at the moment.
    While listening to this song I was writing some kind of goodbye letter to my best male friend, and I've already finished... we once had somethin' , but now It's not as strong as it was before. Besides I'm leaving to Italy , and know that I'll be missing him.
    ''Together again
    It would feel so good to be
    In your arms
    Where all my journeys end
    If you can make a promise
    If it's one that you can keep
    I vow to come for you
    If you wait for me ''

    This song has special meaning to me , and even if this post is not especialy regarding my own interpretation of song , I'd like to thank Tracy Chapman for her lyrics, voice and magic spreading from her songs. Thank You .
    Ps. Sorry for my grammar mistakes. English is'nt my mother tongue
    Lannon May 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is pure love. to me, it reminds me of my friend aaron who passed away in december of 2005. he was only 20 years old and he was my best friend. "together again it would feel so good to be in your arms where all my journeys end.." Tracy Chapman is genious.
    Sleepagenton February 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDepotestad put it perfectly by saying:
    "this song is one of the greatest songs ever and contrary to what some people believe, It is definetely not about a couple or a person going away for a while or a trip or braking up (or any of that romantic stuff) I think it is far more profound, I believe it is about a person loosing a loved one and the faith that in the after life, loved ones are still with us in a way far stronger than anything else "
    My feelings exactly.
    Sleepagenton February 08, 2007   Link

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