by Jessica Gerhardt

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Inspired by Gillian, a character in Frederick Buechner's novel "Godric".


I saw you there on the hill
You were a bear, oooo, my dear heart
Though you gorge on figs you can’t get your fill
You wanna be whole, oooo, but where do you start?
You saw my face in the water’s glass
I could see how you thirst, oh how you thirst
I see the empty well within your heart
Are you willing to dive in headfirst
The silence it calls, oh how it calls
Are you hearing at all, hearing at all?

I lay beside you in the night
You were so close and I was so warm.
But there was cold when you brought your father to mind
You were opening up, but I could see you were torn.
Like wind, he blew in and out of your life
Yet you traveled afar to pray for his soul.
So I shared with you a consoling sight
That he made it at last, to Paradise.
And he’s waiting for you.
And I’ll be waiting there too.

Our lives were woven for a moment, a moment in time
Don’t cling to me, but for your life, cling to the vine.
And I had to go on my own way for your sake.
And on this earth all things are passing, passing away.
And on this earth all things are passing, passing away.
And on this earth all things are passing, passing away.


released May 21, 2020
Music, lyrics, vocals, ukulele: Jessica Gerhardt
Synths, drums, production, mixing, mastering: Michael Schneider
Cover photo: Nahid Hatamiz (via Unsplash)


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Jessica Gerhardt Los Angeles, California

Jessica Gerhardt explores discernment, vulnerability, and the challenge of loving well in her music. Her gentle yet resonant voice infuses her earnest, lyric-driven songs with a soothing and passionate spirit. Jessica creates a space of communion - solidarity in others' experiences of truth, goodness, beauty, contentment, impatience, and that universal longing for connection - for home. ... more

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