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by James Delsono

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Track Name: Ave Maria
I look around me now
And hear our children cry
I see them hurting so
And ask myself one question:

Why?

And prayers seem futile
If we can't find a way
To love one another
The same way,

every day ... and so I pray ...

Holy Mother, hear our plight
Holy Mother, stop the hate ...

They swim towards the shore
To run away from bitter
War

They get shot down in schools
Because we love our tools
More

Their cries we do not hear
Because we do not want
To see ...

But for a twist of Fate,
Their parent could be you ... or me ...

Holy Mother, hear our plight
Holy Mother, stop the hate ...

Ave Maria

[BRIDGE]

(and more …)

We're cutting down their trees
So that they cannot
Breathe

(and more …)

We drug kids with a pill
Just to make them
Sit still

And as they wilt away
With every passing day
Who cares?

We send our thoughts and prayers
And carry on the same
Nightmares ...

Holy Mother, hear our plight
Holy Mother, stop the hate ...
Track Name: From The Cross
I'm looking down, with almost a wry smile,
At those that hate and hated for a while
The words I speak, for they themselves are liars ...
I look again; and then I look back higher.

***

How do you want me to love, Lord?
How can I possibly keep my word?
How can I love those that hate me
And would torture me eternally?

Why have you abandoned me, Lord?
How can I possibly keep my bond?
How can I love those that hurt me
And do so quite intentionally?

***

My faith doth shake ... for today it's my turn
To be abused, as I have been since born;
The question is: how much a man can take
When all around him, everything is fake.

I gave up my life to help this everchanging world;
Despite it all, I never said a word;
I gave You, Lord, everything I'd afford
And preached of love, and never of the sword.

And look at me - this is now what I get
For having fought the good fight to the end,
For having loved, though never loved back been ...
And not thrown stones, for none is without sin.

And now I'm down, and, lo, you are not here
To see my plight, to heal my deepest fears;
Am I alone? has this illusion been?
Has all my faith been nothing but a dream?

***

How do you want me to love, Lord?
How can I possibly keep my word?
How can I love those that hate me
And would torture me eternally?

Why have you abandoned me, Lord?
How can I possibly keep my bond?
How can I love those that hurt me
And do so quite intentionally?
Track Name: No More Evening Prayers
I haven't met you yet; that much is true.
I cannot write a love song about that which I have no clue ...
I pray to the Lord, if it be His will,
To run into you one day and tell you how I feel.

I haven't met you yet; that much is so;
I cannot write a love song about that which I don't know.
So I go talk to priests and visit wise soothsayers,
For, if I meet you, I'll forget to say my evening prayers.

And the Lord will try us, surely, to deny;
He will try so hard to make you never mine
For He knows that if I hold you in my arms
I'll forget to tell Him even "thanks".

And, for all my thoughts and prayers, He's aware
That I'd be completely happy if you were
Mine forever, be we rich or be we poor ...
If that were, I'd need no prayers any more.

You're more real to me than any fake god
Whose assistance I still need whilst on the road
Towards meeting you and holding you to me,
If you will, for all eternity.

Therefore, whilst you're not here, I will pray;
I will fast and make my penance twice a day,
In the hope His sphinx-like figure I can sway
And that I may therefore meet you e'en today.

And the Lord will try us, surely, to deny;
He will try so hard to make you never mine
For He knows that if I hold you in my arms
I'll forget to tell Him even "thanks".

And, for all my thoughts and prayers, He's aware
That I'd be completely happy if you were
Mine forever, be we rich or be we poor ...
If that were, I'd need no prayers any more.
Track Name: The Servant
Who has believed one word we've said?
To whom has this story been revealed?
For he grew up before us as a tender plant,
and as a root sticking out of dry ground
He had no good looks or majesty,
No beauty to desire when him we see.
Despised he was, we hid our face before him
Respect? Please. We found him boring.

Yet surely, he bore OUR sickness
And carried with him all our suffering
And yet we thought HIS was the illness
When he carried inside all OUR wrongdoing.

He was oppressed - of that, please have no doubt
And yet, when afflicted, he did not make a sound.
As a lamb to the slaughter, he stayed ever silent
When took away, he was, by hate and judgement.
They made his grave with the wicked
And with the abandoned in his death
Although he had done nothing icky
Nor were ever lies said from his breath.

Yet surely, he bore OUR sickness
And carried with him all OUR suffering
And yet we thought that HIS was the illness
When he carried inside all OUR wrongdoing.

Oh yes, it pleased the world so much to bruise him
And cause him much cause for suffering
But after the dark night of his own soul
He will soon see his own offspring.
His hope is for the light and to be happy
For love's own pleasure to prosper in his heart
And, having taken on the pain of so many,
For him and his loved one never to be apart.

His hope is for the light and to be happy
For love's own pleasure to prosper in his heart
And, having taken on the pain of so many,
For him and his loved one never to be apart.
Track Name: Letter
Well, hello again; you look, to me, just the same;
Hope you'll forgive me if I don't say your name.
You look so beautiful; your locks glow like the sun;
I hear you're happy; and in love with another man.

Me? I'm the same, I guess; I watch the world pass by,
I loved but once; never again, until I die.
Forever young, I will therefore be,
While others fall in love and be happy.

[BRIDGE]

I wish you well; I hear you're with child;
I hope that he grows up to be gentle and kind;
And when he meets a girl, let his love joyful be,
Let him not live through things like what you did to me.

[BRIDGE]

I must go now - for yonder dawn now breaks
And ghosts of times gone past now leave must take;
The candle's out, I'm sorry I cannot
Remain in touch ... we are but best forgot.

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