Seeking

by David N. Townsend

(There are two essentially different versions of the lyrics to this song. The first has more verses, but I prefer the second, which leaves the song mostly instrumental.)

Version 1

Intro: Dm (4 bars), A7 (2 bars), Dm (4 bars), A7 (2 bars)

(Mellow, slow)
C
At last you've found happiness
Em
The Love that you need
C
The peace you've been seeking
D......................................C
Your trapped mind's been freed.

C
The ordeal is over
Em
You're happy in your turn
C
And that dark murky dungeon
D............................G
Is no longer your concern.

Interlude (medium beat, 1 bar each):
Em, Am, Em, Am, Em, Am, Dm, Em
Am, Dm, Am, Dm, Am, Dm, Gm, Em

Em.......................Am
Is that what you'll say to them
Em.......................Am
When they ask for help
Em.......................Am
That you're now a free man
Dm...........................Em
And you live for yourself?

Am.......................Dm
Then when you're alone again
Am..................Dm
Will you still be free?
Am..........................Dm
When darkness then joins you
Gm....................Em
Will you start to see?

(Building)
Em.......................Am
You've lived in that darkened room
Em.......................Am
Many long hard nights
Em.......................Am
And they brought you out alive
Dm...........................Em
Without thinking twice.

Am.......................Dm
Yet now you turn your back to them
Am..................Dm
And to their pleas for aid
Am..........................Dm
You tell yourself it's their affair
Gm....................Gm
What trouble they have made.

(Loud, fast, orchestral)
Gm (4 bars)

Gm
No, my friend, you're wrong
We all are here as one
With all you've seen you should know that
No one is alone.

(fast, instrumental)
Gm (2 bars low, 2 bars up 1 octave)
Am (2 bars low, 2 bars up 1 octave)
Gm (4 bars)
Em, Am, Em, Am, Em, Am, Dm, Em
Am, Dm, Am, Dm, Am, Dm, Gm, Em...climactic, then sudden cut

(as at beginning)
Dm (4 bars), A7 (2 bars), Dm (4 bars), A7 (2 bars)

(Mellow, slow)
C
So when the call comes to you
Em
To do your good turn
C
Remember that dark room...
D...............C
It may yet return.

 

Version 2

(Same music as above, with lyrics only at the following points;
the rest is instrumental.)

(Beginning; mellow, slow)
C
The evening creeps in slowly as the
Em
Sun departs the land
C
We look up at the sky and wonder
D...................Em
Where it all began

C
And where we might be going in these
Em
Hopeless, futile lives
C
And even if it's worth the pain it
D........................G
Takes just to survive.

(End, same)
C
For when we all return to what we
Em
Knew was always there
C
We find ourselves demanding what we
D......................Em
think is our just share.

C
But somehow we discover in that
Em
Dark and dreary land
C
There isn't any answer and we'll
D................G
Never understand.

David N. Townsend
1974, 1997

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