From Me to You by Janis Ian, Between the Lines Album

I was in junior high when I first heard Janis Ian's album, Between the Lines. I learned later that she also wrote the song "Society's Child" in the 1960's. She is a brilliant writer in my opinion. She has published in music, audio and print, autobiographical and children's genres. This talent has also been used to help raise scholarships for returning students through the Pearl Foundation. What an incredible woman.

 

Janis's Between the Lines album is one beautiful song after another. It is a must have in the musical library. Every lyric is perfectly written, and set wonderfully to music. The following, titled "From Me to You", is one of my favorites:

 

 

"I'm leaving by night, I'm leaving alone.
I'm leaving it lie, when you waken I'll be gone.
I would not beg for me, as I would not beg for you...
though I'd like to be the one to see you through.

Every step you have taken disappears with the tide.
You're torn up and shaken with changing your mind.
You haven't got the grace to say you'll finally decide,
And you haven't got the strength to stay to fight.

Those people who surround you only want to see you weak enough to crawl.
They'll lie for you, decide for you, and buy up all your rights and all your wrongs.
And they'll try to stop your singing in the middle of your song.
For they do not want you free, and they will not make you strong
but only drag you down in the hole they're coming from.

They say you are foolish in wanting the sun.
Say you are selfish in learning to run.
Tell you that the darkness is a blessing in disguise
For you never have to notice if you're sighted or you're blind.
And they'll do their best to keep you from the light.

You're more than beginning - you're learning to fly.
You feel like you're falling, but it passes in time.
I hate to see a friend go down in flames without a song,
so I'm waiting by the doorway, but I will not linger long....

...and I'm leaving by night, I'm leaving alone.
I'm leaving it lie, when you waken I'll be gone.
I would not beg for me, as I could not beg for you...
but I'd like to be the one to see you through"

Source: http://www.janisian.com/lyrics/frommetoyou.php