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Lyrics: Use Well the Days

I wrote the first two lines one winter night in 1971 after I jammed with Mike Gardner on acoustic guitars, and finished it in summer 2007 after reading Meggen Dietsche-Gardner’s poem for the friends we’ve all lost. She was married to Mike’s brother, and the circle closed when I combined my lines with hers. The title is from Galadriel's last conversation with Aragorn, the chorus is for everybody who’s here and gone, and the song is about carrying on in that place where love is the only meaning, and the iris gardens bloom. The lines Meggen wrote are in italics.

God bless you Captain Gardner
And all who sail your ship
For love’s the only bridge that’s left
To those that we let slip
Into that place of memory
That only some of us share
As the words go whistling down the wire
Look long enough, you’ll see them there

Look down the hill there through the moonlight
They’re diving from the rocks
The future never seemed so near back then
It seemed to us no road was blocked

Chorus:
Believe I love you for I do
Believe I’m yours because I am
Believe in love itself and find salvation
Everywhere you go within this land.

Now I alone am left to tell
Of the smiles we’ve known and lost
So you and I can meet again
Within this song where both our roads have crossed

So forget your shyness find your voice
And then use well the days
And remember in silence the childhood laughter
And let it light the way

To bring us to that hill together
Where the iris gardens bloom
And cherish yet another day
That gives way to the light of the moon

Believe I love you for I do
Believe I’m yours because I am
Believe in love itself and find salvation
Everywhere you go within this land.

© 2007 Meggen Dietsche-Gardner & Mark Walsh 

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