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When You Left
from A Bit Of Light by Tobin Mueller
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When you left
the clock erased your voice
in time now tilted and tumbled 'round.

When you left
I doted 'long the wall
unconscious of the world around me in fall.

And when you left
my heart fluttered no more like a bird
my hands knew no warmth, my mind knew no words
a sudden fear began to swell up in my chest
swell with emptiness...

When you left I lost all feeling,
the room collapsed atop of me.

...my heart flutters no more like a bird
my hands know no warmth, my mind knows no words
a sudden fear...

When you left I lost all feeling,
this room collapsed atop of me.

©1972, 2007 Tobin Mueller

Liner Notes

Song Notes: I can still remember sitting at the piano, a few weeks after my sister's death, playing the falling notes that would become this song. I was 15. I was wearing cut off jeans covered in dried paint. My sweaty legs stuck to the wood of the piano bench. I couldn't move from that spot until the song was complete.

It was the second song I ever wrote. (The first song, named something like "Eve's Eden," is lost from memory.) I've performed it thousands of times, usually as a simple voice/piano song. I wanted to do something different for this album, and so I layered organ, synth and classical guitar. I like the way it haunts me.

One of the best actresses I've ever worked with, Emily Rohm, recorded a version of this song, see When You Awake reprise. I also recorded a jazz version featuring Woody Mankowski on vocals, see When You Awake (Dreams). Both are included in the 2016 release, If I Could Live Long Enough.

A Bit Of Light

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Other lyrics pages from A Bit Of Light

  1. Be My Love
  2. I Have Dreamed In Another
  3. Bring On The Storm
  4. Crazy Story
  5. The Waitress
  6. Icarus
  7. Door In My Heart
  8. Hold On To The Thread Of Love
  9. Can't Complain
  10. Let Me Play
  11. My Heart Still Beats
  12. When You Left
  13. Final Words
  14. Loolay Lullaby