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Original Song: "Where You Are" with Commentary

Music is my first love. I write songs and record them from time to time. I especially love my songs that exude spiritual ardor.

Introduction and Text of "Where You Are"

My original song bespeaks a simple premise: the singer is addressing her Divine Belovèd (God), imparting to the Belovèd the desire to be "where You are."

Each verse then offers rhetorical questions and musings regarding the actual location of the Divine Creator. Because the Creator of all creation is both within creation and outside of creation, the answer to all of the rhetorical questions is, of course, yes.

Still, being where the Divine is is not the same situation as being with a human friend or beloved. Thus, the singer avers that her soul "soul tugs at the veil hiding You from me."

Where You Are

Verse 1:

Are You standing on top of a mountain?
Are You sitting beside the vast grave sea?
How can I ever approach You?
Will You ever just come to me?

Verse 2:

Are You speaking to me through my loved ones?
Are You quietly whispering through the silver stars?
Are You waiting to hear what my songs will sing?
Do You listen to the rapid beat of my heart?

Verse 3:

If I offer You all in my stillness—
If I silently listen to the hum in my mind—
If I patiently fast from all my senses—
Will You break Your vow of silence and just come to me!

Chorus:

Where You are is where I long to be.
I cannot understand where else I could seek.
My soul tugs at the veil hiding You from me.
Where You are is where I long to be.

Linda Sue Grimes performing "Where You Are"

Commentary

Through questioning, contemplating, and ultimately meditating, the devotee will find that the soul will remove that veil hiding it from the Over-Soul.

First Verse: "Are You standing on top of a mountain?"

Are You standing on top of a mountain?
Are You sitting beside the vast grave sea?
How can I ever approach You?
Will You ever just come to me?

The singer offers four rhetorical questions to the Divine Beloved. The first two questions reveal earthly locations that are considered sanctuaries of sacredness: mountain tops, sea sides.

The next pair of questions reveals that the devotee is still walking the devotional, sacred path to soul-realization. Before final liberation, the devotee always feels that separation from her Goal to be a burden. That burden makes her wonder if she, in fact, will ever be able to unite with the Creator.

In her melancholy and pain of seeming distance, she wonders if the Lord will ever appear to her and claim her as His own. Will she ever be able to reach her Sacred Goal of self-realization and enjoy unity with her Beloved Divine Creator?

Second Verse: "Are You speaking to me through my loved ones?"

Are You speaking to me through my loved ones?
Are You quietly whispering through the silver stars?
Are You waiting to hear what my songs will sing?
Do You listen to the rapid beat of my heart?

In the second verse, the singer devotee continues the line of rhetorical questions. Knowing the answer yet not knowing the fullness of each answer, she wonders if the Divine Beloved is speaking to her through her family and friends.

Of course, she knows the Divine Creator is speaking to her through everyone she knows and meets, but without that last step of enlightenment, she does not know exactly what is being said or exactly what all that conversation might mean in the long run.

Thus, she also wonders if the Creator of the "silver stars" is speaking to her through those heavenly bodies. Again, she knows it is so, but that separation continues to prompt questions.

The singer wonders if the Divine Beloved anticipates what she puts in her songs. She wonders if her musical worship is reaching its Goal.

The singer devotee has a rapid heart beat, knowing that that heart beat needs to become calm with stillness, she therefore wonders if the Creator Divine cares to listen to that rapid beat.

Third Verse: "If I offer You all in my stillness"

If I offer You all in my stillness—
If I silently listen to the hum in my mind—
If I patiently fast from all my senses—
Will You break Your vow of silence and just come to me!

The rhetorical nature of her questioning becomes even more pronounced with the final verse lyric. The speaker knows that she must still the rapid beat of her heart, and she must become still as she offers her every atom to the Divine Essence.

The devotee singer knows she must listen the divine hum of the cosmic motor, the sacred AUM sound that upholds all of creation. She knows that she must remove her attention and take it to the place beyond the senses, to that place where the soul resides.

The singer devotee knows that after she is able to accomplish all that is implied in her questions and brooding, the Beloved Lord will, in fact, "break [that] vow of silence and [ ] come to [her]."

Chorus: "Where You are is where I long to be"

Where You are is where I long to be.
I cannot understand where else I could seek.
My soul tugs at the veil hiding You from me.
Where You are is where I long to be.

The chorus, instead of offering mere rhetorical questions and musings, makes an affirmative statement: the singer asserts that she wants to be where her Divine Beloved is. She knows she cannot find love, peace, fulfillment anywhere else.

The singer devotee insists that her soul is attempting to rend that cloth of separation from the Divine, as it "tugs at the veil" of separation from the Creator Beloved.

The final line emphasizes as it repeats the important desire: "Where You are is where I long to be."

© 2021 Linda Sue Grimes

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