songs 22: stripes + julie jane

we have two songs for you this week! both are about an afternoon we shared together on february 6, 2005, and were both written in the weeks that followed — one from my perspective, and one from Noah's!

a few weeks after he’d first kissed me, we went out to lunch after church… we wandered through the rain, grabbed some lunch, sat around and sang songs to each other, and cozied up.

for my part, my songs to, for, or about Noah are all very literal and much of what i sing was actually said out loud, or actually occurred in real life, or was actually seen and heard. whether it’s the striped socks i put on or the gentle rain we walked through or the W-shaped star constellation we gazed upon, or me saying it was late and him saying it was early… i love capturing not just the feeling but the reality of the moment. my song is about both our afternoon together and our first kiss after sun up… after an all night house party… after a bar close… after a really great rock show (this was back in our partying days, of course). Noah just wasn’t like anyone i’d ever known before. and in a season where i was lost and grieving and had just flat out gotten robbed, he wasn’t trying to take anything from me… he just wanted to give me joy.

for Noah’s part, he had the nerve to put in his song that he probably wouldn’t marry me. can you imagine? after just one date, that wasn’t even a real date! who says that?! it’s my favorite part of the song though… never say never!

there is room enough for you
though i know it’s not your way
there is searching yet to do
but there’s no need to be afraid

the night is cold and dark and cruel
and i’m forever left to grieve
but i can think of none but you
your voice is like a gentle breeze
it whispers quiet hope to me

still i’m so blind
you’re not your kind
are you nothing or
anything to me
i wonder what’s my part when
you’re all you but then
here you are with me...
you’re a daydream

sorrowed songs of yesterday
filled a quiet afternoon
damp from walking thru the rain
with you, to be with you
rest abandoned til the day
it was early, it was late
and at it’s will the morning came
stripes and all, i took my leave
still guessing what you want with me

the stars are wishes
not unlike kisses
that cannot be contained

still i’m so blind
you’re not your kind
are you nothing or
everything to me
i wonder what’s my part when
you’re all you are but then
here you are with me...
you’re a daydream

julie jane, julie jane, julie jane
won’t ya come on in out of the rain
can’t live your whole life with the pain
of love gone wrong
so make it a song
and just sing those blues away

i saw the tears were buildin’ in your eyes
you didn’t wanna have to say goodbye
i never ever wanna make you cry, alright

julie jane…

although we’ll probably never say i do
a guy like me can’t help but lovin’ you
you know i’d love to make your dream come true, alright