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Carolyn Arends
Album: Under the Gaze
Track: May You Live

May You Live Lyrics

Carolyn Arends

If there is a cup of life
And we each get our quotas
May you drink yours down, pass the rest around
And not waste one iota
And if there is a winding road
And mountains meant for climbing
May you be strong and brave, and constantly amazed
By every new horizon

And may you live
All the days
Of your life
May you live
All the days
Of your life

And if our days make up a dance
Then have no hesitation
Turn the music loud and send a crowd
Of friends your invitation
And if it's true that love's a song
We sing in joy and sadness
Then may your song be sung at the top of your lungs
And may it bring you gladness

May you live...

And if there is another world
That waits beyond the curtain
Then when your time has come may you hear "well done"
And may you know for certain

That you lived ...

C 2004 Carolyn Arends Music (SOCAN)

About the Song

In 1995 we released my first album and shot my first video, a clip for the song "Seize the Day". The video featured a series of quotes that we felt expressed the message of the song well. My personal favourite was from Jonathan Swift: "May You Live Every Day of Your Life". I always thought there was another song there.

Last year I was in the studio working with Roy on some demos. For a few minutes he was busy doing something technical and so I began noodling on the piano. At the end of the day he handed me a CD -- he had recorded my noodlings and thought I should have I listen. I liked what I heard and thought --- hmmm, maybe there's a song there.

A few months later I was pulled over on the side of the highway waiting a very long time for a taxi to come pick me up because my car had died on the shoulder of the road. I needed something to occupy my mind during the wait, so, while traffic whistled by me and my car engine gently smoked in the late afternoon breeze, I began mentally setting the Jonathan Swift idea to the piano music. It turned out there was a song there -- and I have Roy Salmond, Jonathan Swift, and a deceased 1987 Oldsmobile to thank for it.

"May You Live" turned out to be a good summary of the themes of this project (I wish I could take credit for that, but I'm not smart enough to plan out themes, I just recognize them when they show up). Every nano-second of this life is precious, because our lives and what we make of them matter deeply to God. So live this life abundantly, moment by moment, as fully and deeply and passionately as you can. But there's more to the equation. Live this life in the light of forever, knowing that the God who keeps His loving gaze upon you has prepared a place for you that will be more than you can hope for or imagine. We are called, by God's grace, to live for both the Now and the Not Yet.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith... (Hebrews 12:1,2)

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