Monday, March 20, 2006

National Treasures pt2

And the other half goes too...

Martyn left this morning - am very sad he's gone...he's a soul brother and it has been very moving to reconnect after a few years. (find out about one of the finest singer-songwriters of his generation at

yesterday we remembered that we'd written a song together a few years ago called a 'life too hard to hold'....some things don't change me thinks...

the pic is by my friend the amazing John de Garis ( - if the 3 of us ever write a book or and album, here's the cover...along with the lyrics to the song...


How can a soul that looks to heaven
ever feel so damned?
Sometimes it's just uncomfortable
to try and hold God's hand.
Longing for the smell of roses
I only feel the thorns,
It makes me cautious for the gentle ones
who will hate just for being born

Questions to which there are no answers
Rain down lessons that no-one can teach
Places in a troubled soul
And though we run we can never reach
In a life too hard to hold

I wander through this wilderness
This lonely path of life
to a secret and a quiet place
where a pilgrims dreams can come alive.
The past could have been so different
and the darkness is not yet gone.
But these dreams that are so heavy
they help me carry on

Yet somewhere down this journey's road
we face the long goodbye.
In a land of blinding beauty
we rise into the desert skies.
Returning to a carpenter
who questioned long ago.
Maybe I'll find some peace there in that place
And some mercy for my soul

(M Joseph & P Chambers 2000)

For anyone broken on the wheels of living.......


Mystified said...

Great lyrics - how does the tune go?!

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

we sound alright together last night in the kitchen, but you might have to pester mr joseph to do some obscure cover of it for an aptly named CD called 'the stuff that didn't quite make it'

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

ps that should be sounded

Rainbow dreams said...

so do you both sing?

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

he sings....i am still in the closet

The Meaning Weakened by the Lies said...

So totally described the week I am having...gave me a little peace, thankyou x