One Hour With Thee
The language is a little old-fashioned, but this is new song. It seems right that way. Have a listen if you love someone.
Peak: #9 (151,033 songs currently in Acoustic)
Peak in sub-genre: #1 (13,418 songs currently in Folk)
November 24, 2003
MP3 3.3 MB, bitrate 128 kbps.
David Kilpatrick © David Kilpatrick April 2003
Story behind the song
I found these lyrics scrawled on two pages of the fridge magnet notepad a few months after writing them down. I could still remember the tune, which is based on an old Scottish melody. I have no idea why I didn't record them. There was a fourth verse started but crossed out, so I was probably trying to finish the song. Reading it again, I felt it was complete. So here it is. The guitar is my Lowden O-12 in open D tuning with Newtone strings, recorded acoustically - one microphone for voice, one for guitar.
When I was young and in that dawning
I saw you white as the lily blooms
Beneath the shading tree
Then would I have given you that morning
All of my day for just one hour with thee
As I grew older in the summer
Seeing you ride so fair
Oer the ferny lea
Then would I gladly have forsaken
One year of life for just a day with thee
Now as the Autumn gilds the sunset
Slow the leaves fall from
The shading tree
I would offer you my last days
If I could spend just one more hour with thee