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Songwriter comments: This is an updated version of an older tune, one that originally appeared on the O Boss Man album of 2010. I wrote the lyrics and most of the melody one day while working up at the North of Eden Retreat Center in Lowell, Vermont, look-ing out over the mountains toward Canada. Shortly thereafter Jer put his arrangement gifts to work on it and we ended up with this prayer-song. On days “when I can’t discern the wishing from the well,” I find myself turning back to it, like an old friend. And it seems we as a band keep returning to it as well, over and over, as though we all need that reminder, that refresher, that feeling of what it’s like to Turn To You.

Bob, April 2014

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When I look outside and cold November gray
Has veiled the mountaintops and has for several days
When that weather’s in my head and aims to stay

What I have to do, what I need to do
Is go inside and turn to you

When I withdraw from myself into a shell
When I’m thoroughly convinced this day’s from hell
When I can’t discern the wishing from the well

What I have to do, what I need to do
Is go inside and turn to you

In my lifetime such a famine of the heart
As though feeling passion were just some esoteric art
And I can’t believe I chose the oxen and the cart

When what I have to do, what I need to do
Is go inside and turn to you

But like a sailor who’s been landlocked far too long
Yet he’s at sea now, cast adrift inside a song
And he sings his heart out with a voice that’s true and strong

Cause what I have to do, what I need to do
Is go inside and turn to you

What I have to do, what I need to do
Is go inside and turn to you

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

Lead vocals: Bob Murray
Harmony vocals: Jim Goss, Jeremiah McLane
Keyboard: Jim Goss
Accordion: Jeremiah McLane

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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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