Friday, February 15, 2008


I asked Water Baby to post lyrics to a song on her site. They come fromm the movie 'Juno' that she also has posted there and you can listen to them.
They remind me of one of my favorite little known Artsists, Peter Himmelman. He is very Jewish, from Minneapolis/St. Paul and writes a terrific song both Musically and in verse.

The Lyrics below are from the first of a trio of Albums he did in the early 90's. Through the three Albums you can hear the sound and message evolve and refine...they culminate in a very good album called "Skin"from 1994.
'Skin" is a concept album the way "Dark Side of the Moon" or "Tommy" are. It tells a story from start to finish.

I first heard it in its entirety on the Radio and recorded it. A few years later, I picked up the CD and found Himmelman's explanation of the concept in the liner notes.
They were unnecessary as I understood the concept from the first time I heard it.
That is how his music and lyrics are. Very simple, very nice. Clean.
For several years I could scarce but keep from cryin' at some point while playing it through.

This is from the first of the three albums and Water Babys song reminded me of this one.

This song has always reminded me of my good friends Kem and Alana. They seem to be on a mission, committed and resolved to take care of each other.

Mission Of My Soul
From the album "From Strength to Strength" (1991)

When you need me, I'll stand beside you
I'm there for you wherever you go
When you're hungry, I'll satisfy you
That's the mission of my soul

When you need confession, I'm there to listen
When you're crossing the ocean, I've got a boat to row
When you need attention, your audience won't be missing
That's the mission of my soul

When you're sleepy, I'll make your bed now
When you're unsure, I'm a gonna let you know
I’ll say, “Baby, don't trouble your head now.”
That's the mission of my soul

When you're making plans, and you need a partner
Baby I'm your man, just tell me when do we go
You be my flower, I'll be your gardener
That's the mission of my soul


Barbara said...

For some reason, reminded me of S&G Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Loved these lyrics.

Mother of Invention said... come my husband never sang that to me?!!! oh yeah...he can't sing! I'm a high maintenance wife for sure but he's the absolute best one for the job!

Old Lady said...

So who's soul are you gardening?