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A song about random memories like shuffling a pack of cards and letting them fall
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(E) Heard my (A) name in the pouring (E) rain
Stood and watched it running down a drain
Held my breath on the Bridge of Sighs
Called an echo but it came back lies
Saw the marble on a step in Rome
The strangest things can take you back home
I lost my way in that blinding light
But I found my way to you tonight
Found my way to you tonight

I heard a prayer like a dog in pain
Swam a river in a desert plain
Stayed the night in a palace once
Stayed the night in a palace twice
Stayed the night in a Spanish town
Swam in the sea but I could not drown
Made the guest at a wedding feast
A bride in white and a bloody sheet
Played some cards one night in France
Learned to drink and how to take a chance
I lost my way in that blinding light
But I found my way to you tonight
Found my way to you tonight

(A) Blood and water, tears and (E) wine
(A) Memories take more than (E) time
(A) They take the heart of (E) yesterday
(B7) And friends and lovers fade (A) away
But I wonder if they
(E) Stay young in (A) photographs
(E) Stay young in (A) old photographs

I’ve walked down roads walked by Saint Paul
The Virgin Mary and no one at all
Played guitar like a Rolling Stone
Been invited to an African throne
Saw a woman and a dying child there
Some of the past is so hard to bear
I lost my way in that blinding light
But I found my way to you tonight
Found my way to you tonight

Blood and water, tears and wine...

I’ve met the son of an African slave
Stood in silence at a soldiers grave
Saw the light die on a battlefield
Saw the truth where it was concealed
Held you close in a foreign bed
I made a promise but I never said
And the wisest man that I ever met
Said don’t remember what you can’t forget
Don’t remember what you can’t forget
Don’t remember what you can’t forget

© The Aleph music by Tom Fairnie, words by Tom Fairnie & Bob Shields March 2001

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Uploaded: Aug 06, 2006 - 01:02:46 PM
Last Updated: Aug 05, 2006 - 04:59:50 PM Last Played: Jun 14, 2019 - 06:10:46 AM
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Comments
Feter said 4760 days ago (August 6th, 2006)
A CLASSIC !!
Hey Tom ...welcome to macjams.com .... such a great
fresh start , and a wonderfull gem you shared here !!
I m a huge fan here .. the song just so tight with that
gentle pickin and honest singin lyrics ... and movin
harmonies at the choruses .. surely a classic ..!!
Thank you ....

Feter !!
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TomFairnie said 4760 days ago (August 6th, 2006)
A CLASSIC !!
Hey Feter I'm overwhelmed by your generous comments - thankyou so much! I'm just glad you like the song
Check out my latest song called Isn't That The Way?
TobinMueller said 4759 days ago (August 7th, 2006)
What a find tonight
Crafted and performed like a master. Ah, the roads we travel down, the
contradictions that conspire to coalesce within our experience, and the
change that remains. What a wonderful life. Thanks for the great post.
You are, indeed, a find.
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trembmic said 4758 days ago (August 7th, 2006)
Wonderful...
Wonderful feeling and fibe you create with your guitar. Everything feels so natural and relaxed. Your messages come through strong.

Mike T.
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notsosweet said 4758 days ago (August 7th, 2006)
New Favorite!
A fantastic musician AND a bloody good lyricist!! Instant download...
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composerclark said 4758 days ago (August 8th, 2006)
Beautiful
Man, you really get around! Amazing lyrics, great performance.
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jiguma said 4758 days ago (August 8th, 2006)
Welcome to MJ Tom!
Nice picking and some really good vocals/lyrics/harmonies. The lyrics
are especially meaningful for me. You've done a good job of
recording the guitar/s, which sound perfect for the song. I'd love to
hear this with bass and drums and some solo instrument of some kind
- it's a very nice folk song which could become an even better country
rock song (but that's just my bias coming through). Look forward to
hearing more from you.
Neil
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Einarus said 4758 days ago (August 8th, 2006)
Great first post!
First of all, great performance. The guitar & the vocals (especially the
harmonies) just sound really pure and intimate. Very good.
Second of all - I'm not sure... I think I kinda covered everything in the first
part... :)

A very nice track - welcome to MJ!

-E
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said 4758 days ago (August 8th, 2006)
Tom!
Just discovered you joined up at MacJams. Welcome. You are a solid
addition to the stack of artists and recordings we have here. Very fine
song. Sounds as good here as it does at FolkAlley.com. Excellent
songwriting. Tempered energy in performance. It would be cool to hear
this live.
said 4758 days ago (August 8th, 2006)
Tom!
Just discovered you joined up at MacJams. Welcome. You are a solid
addition to the stack of artists and recordings we have here. Very fine
song. Sounds as good here as it does at FolkAlley.com. Excellent
songwriting. Tempered energy in performance. It would be cool to hear
this live.
TomFairnie said 4758 days ago (August 8th, 2006)
Tom!
Hi Richard
discovered this site after you mentioned it in one of the Folk Alley Blogs and I'm glad I did!
Check out my latest song called Isn't That The Way?
Scott Carmichael said 4757 days ago (August 9th, 2006)
you are TAPPED INTO
a rich tradition.. what a fine writer you are... if this is an example of the
kind of work you do... then you will do just fine here...and welcome...
this is great!!! I've noticed that genres are all over the map here at MJ,
but when someone works from the song out they always seem to get
noticed and appreciated... and your writing is exellent....

bravo

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perceptualvortex said 4754 days ago (August 12th, 2006)
Foot tappin'
Hi Tom, I really enjoyed this. Great writing, singing, playing,
everything. I like the way you're singing the verses in a melodic chant
kind of way; it really makes the song roll. I can't help but picture this
being played by the bonfire with everyone loving it. Nice going.
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TobinMueller said 4478 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
The ox
Check out this footnote:

http://www.inner.org/hebleter/alef.htm
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TomFairnie said 4472 days ago (May 21st, 2007)
The Aleph
Hi Tobin
Thank you for sending me the link to the website for the Aleph. I'm having real difficulty responding to you because I'm just one of those people who want to talk at length about songwriting, philosophy, religion and art. Reading the definition offered on the site reminded me of how much I tried to put into the song. Can I tell you that even the title is meant to provoke a philosophical / religious debate that echos the meaning of the word. Can we say "The Aleph " any more that we can say "The God"? I have a friend and fellow songwriter, Mark Barnett, who says I could write a thesis on The Aleph...he's not entirely joking. For me it is a song that resonates far beyond the confines of the actual words and music although I feel they somehow combine to give it the sense of gravitas and wonder in our experiences that I tried to convey. I realise I'm wading up to my neck in pretentiousness but I can't help it. I just love this song and I'm grateful when anyone takes a moment to listen to it let alone consider what it might be about. For instance, I try to use references to water, marble, blood, prayer and memory in a way that attempts to say much more than any strict dictionary definitions, literary or biblical references but also in the way that their meanings become personal to us because of our own experiences.
I should point out that I have another song, which I am tempted to call The Zahir as it sits as a counter to The Aleph. I won't go on about it here as there's only so much of this that people can take without glazing over but it will be on the next CD if I can ever get the thing started. Thanks again for taking the time and I'm still enjoying and discovering new facets to I Have Dreamed In Another...a very powerful song and one of my favourites of yours.
Tom
Check out my latest song called Isn't That The Way?
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Name: Tom Fairnie
Location: Edinburgh UK
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I was born in Musselburgh but I now live in Edinburgh. In terms of the music...I attempt to write lyrical, melodic and intelligent songs and try to make the best use of my guitar skills to provide sensitive uncluttered arrangements. I occassiona... [see more]

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