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Song from CD What Lies Beyond: Where Is Your Love?


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ABOUT THIS SONG   
My real dad was only there for a short time. He went to Korea, and when he returned three years later, things were different between him and my Mother. I watched him walk out of my life while I sat at the foot of the stairs one sunny afternoon. That event echoed for a very long time in a host of ways. I met him again when I was 19, and traveling home from a band tour in 1972 in Memphis, TN. We had three days to get to know one another. He was not like the picture I had of him...and me, with long hair was not what he likely remembered. Nevertheless, we liked one another. And, given different circumstances, growing up with him would have made a huge difference in my life and how I showed up to it. 

In early 1991, I was the music director at Unity Church, and was already in the habit of creating a new state-of-my-world song for the Christmas season. I would often play it at the Christmas Eve service, which was usually packed. My creations were spiritual enough, but more based on what was happening in my personal life, just to give that extra heart opening push. Erin Noble and I sang it to a teary-eyed congregation, and then we all went on our way. A poignant pop ballad that shared another side of Christmas that many, many families knew. It got some seasonal radio airplay on the local scene. I put it also on the Deep December Christmas CD.

Much of the song is make believe, for me that is...likely the toys and stuff some parents shower upon their kids temporarily makes up for the emptiness, the distance. My dad simply left, and I did not hear from him. I choose to think it was just too hard for him...and I eventually did a lot of inner work on it...ended up blaming him for things that my step father was responsible for...but that is another song yet to be written...and likely will never be...

Where Is Your Love is really just a lonesome call from an unfillable place that swept into my life along the way. The wishes were dashed when my dad died in 1977...moments in a life lived. He was a very good man. I would have liked to have grown up with him. I see him every time I hear or sing this song...Willie Paul Welch, Sergeant First Class, United States Army...I wanted Love, you gave me distance...

 
SONG LYRICS:  WHERE IS YOUR LOVE?
 
I wanted love, you gave me toys
I wanted love much more than
Anything you could buy
We could have taken what you spent
And invested in some moments
Where you held me oh so close
That I could reach into your heart
 
I wanted love, you gave diversions
I wanted love, just to feel
The caring in your eyes
How many times did I get gifts
To soften that hard ache inside
When all I really wanted was
Just your open arms
 
    Where is your love?
    Is it lying there asleep inside
    Does it ever, ever call my name?
    And wish that I was there
 
    Where is your love?
    Did it find a home here in me
    Can I call your name
    And have you step into my life
    Where is your love?
 
I wanted love, you gave me distance
I wanted love to be The apple of your eye
Will all the warmth and Joy of Christmas
Ever take away the emptiness
Of what this life it could have been
If Dad you chose to stay
If Dad you chose to stay
If Dad you chose to stay
 
Where is your love?
Is it lying there asleep inside
Does it ever, ever call my name?
And wish that I was there
 
Where is your love?
Did it find a home here in me
Can I call your name
And have you step into my life
Where is your love?

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