Tuesday, June 26, 2018

"Like a Romeo the sun snuck past my gate. I’m his Juliet on the second floor."


I wrote this song while sitting in a backyard in southern California. Embraced by comforting warmth as my companion, I personified the sun, and imagined what it would say to me.
I believe he would want to be my lover. 
What would it be like... to take my moments in the sun as I would take a lover? The iconic story of Romeo and Juliet came to mind.  
"My bounty is as boundless as the sea. My love as deep, the more I give to thee. The more I have, for both are infinite." - William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet embody the message of seizing the day, not knowing their sun was setting early, and for the last time.
It was significant for my creative process that I was seizing my own moment of writing this song while sitting near an orange tree.  As I wrote, I welcomed delicate boats of orange slices to land on my tongue, one by one.  I took my time, immersed in the soft gratitude to partake of this nourishing gift of my own beloved Romeo sun.
Imagining the sun as a universal lover for humankind is not far from the truth.  Every morning, the sun invites me to give myself fully that day, with all feeling, all my emotions, and with a boundless, rich passion for life itself.... 
...And sing out to life, Take me now...
(This is a first draft of this song. You are taking part of my songwriting process within my 12 month music challenge. I'm releasing 2 new original songs from August 2017-August 2018.  I look forward to fine tuning this piece. Thank you so much for being here.)
Music and Lyrics by Emily Potter
A E D A CAPO 5
I
Like a Romeo the sun snuck past my gate
I’m his Juliet on the second floor
Takes me time to wake but while he waits
He sends love notes under my door
And he woos the leaves on my orange tree
Signs their chest with a gold pen, "You are born free"

CHORUS
I’m not the only one
Who's ever been kissed by the Romeo sun
But does he say to everyone
Get ready to come undone
Take me now
Before this day sets
Give yourself to me with no regrets
Let yourself allow
Take me now

II
My toes stepped in the green clover
My eyes stained from the night before
The sun knows I’ve been missing my last lover
His rays serenaded me to my core
I picked an orange and held it to my nose
It peeled like a swirl with its gold heart exposed

I’m not the only one
Who’s ever been kissed by the Romeo sun
But does he sing to everyone
Get ready to come undone
Take me now
Before this day sets
Give yourself to me with no regrets
Let yourself allow
To take me

BRIDGE (E  D)
I sat in the sun with my diary and pen
I said I can’t hide the sadness I feel
My love, he said, can you feel my warmth on your skin
Feeling what you’re feeling, all the way, is how you’ll heal

PRE-CHORUS
Nectar on my neck, my soul unwrapped
I arched my back, the diary slipped from my lap

I’m not the only one
Who’s ever been kissed by our Romeo sun
But does he say to everyone
Get ready to come undone
Take me now
Before this day sets
Give yourself to me with no regrets
Let yourself let yourself allow
To take me now

(Photo: D'Arcy Benincosa)

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