All Comes Back To Me

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All of the details in this song are true-to-life (one exception, Sam is now all of thirteen), and as a result I can say with certainty that we’ve never performed this song anywhere when I haven’t touched deeply into the personal pain that it mirrors for me. And were it not for the presence of my beautiful daughter in the story this song describes, it is entirely conceivable that I would have burned one more bridge here, cut ties and hit the road, honoring once again the pathological pattern I’d been locked into for what feels like lifetimes. Instead though, I stayed, and started turning toward that mirror rather than away from it…such a gift! So, “today I have my little girl (Sammie)…and so much more of me” (the emerging girl-child within).

Bob, April 2014

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All Comes Back To Me

Left sleeve of my wallet, faded picture of her there
She was just a toddler then, with lighter, shorter hair
She’s in a hockey jersey, like the one I wore to threads when I was three
And you know I almost lost her, and it all comes back to me
And you know I almost lost her, and it all comes back to me

Sammie’s all of ten now, curled up reading on my bed
Five Septembers ago, I left town in a fit of red
I blamed her mom, I blamed a god who wouldn’t, couldn’t, shouldn’t leave me be
And you know I almost lost her, and it all comes back to me
And you know I almost lost her, and it all comes back to me

The romance of my wanderlust, a sultry witch’s brew
Cause good luck trying to burn the bridge that leads right back to you
Cause when I close my eyes the towns and people left behind are what I see
And you know I almost lost her, and it all comes back to me
And you know I almost lost her, and it all comes back to me

On Highway 2, in western Maine, near Mexico, the mill
The anger finally busted into pain, I feel it still
And then began the spiral to the depths and to my desperation plea
God don’t let me lose her, and it all came back to me
God don’t let me lose her, and it all came back to me

So love, then, for my daughter, was the starting point, the thread
The straw that broke the camel’s back, so I could feel instead
And from that blend of pain and love emerged the little girl who live in me
And you know I didn’t lose her, and she was finally set free
And you know I didn’t lose her, and she was finally set free

Left sleeve of my wallet, faded picture of her there
She was just a toddler then, with lighter, shorter hair
In a hockey jersey, it’s the one I wore to threads when I was three
And today I have my little girl, and so much more of me
Today I have my little girl, and so much more of me
I’ve got my little girl, and so much more of me
Got my little girl, right here with me

credits

from Child Inside Be Heard, released May 6, 2014
Songwriters: Bob Murray (lyrics/music), Jeremiah McLane (music)

Vocals: Bob Murray
Keyboard: Jeremiah McLane
Acoustic guitar: Jim Goss

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Bob and the Trubadors Montpelier, Vermont

Bob and the Trubadors offer up a fertile brew of original music, folk-based with shades of blues, jazz and world music.

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