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Lyrics for Monday

Going Home
By Mary Fahl, Byron Isaacs and Glenn Patscha

They say there's a place
Where dreams have all gone
They never said where
But I think I know
It's miles through the night
Just over the dawn
On the road that will take me home

I know in my bones
I've been here before
The ground feels the same
Though the land's been torn
I've a long way to go
The stars tell me so
On this road that will take me home

Love waits for me 'round the bend
Leads me endlessly on
Surely sorrows shall find their end
And all our troubles will be gone
And I'll know what I've lost
And all that I've won
When the road finally takes me home

And when I pass by
Don't lead me astray
Don't try to stop me
Don't stand in my way
I'm bound for the hills
Where cool waters flow
On this road that will take me home

Love waits for me 'round the bend
Leads me endlessly on
Surely sorrows shall find their end
And all our troubles will be gone
And we'll know what we've lost
And all that we've won
When the road finally takes me home
I'm going home


It rained all day Sunday. By the time Adam got home from Hebrew school, we had sadly accepted that we wouldn't make it to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival this year. Daniel has AP exams for the next two school days, so we figured it was just as well if we stayed in so he could study, and Adam could clean his room and design stuff for his Pokeplushies shop and entertain the cats.

We turned the kids over to my parents at 4 p.m. and went to Jammin' Java in Virginia to see the awesome Mary Fahl, who was warming up with Byron Isaacs on guitar and Glenn Patscha on keyboards when we arrived. They played a few bars of an October Project song, which made me hopeful. We ate while waiting for the show to start; they were out of vegetarian chili, but the corn and chicken chili was excellent.

Glenn and Byron of Ollabelle played the first set -- several moody, evocative songs (Glenn is from Winnipeg and says that if you go there in January, you will never complain about anything else again). Then Mary came on with them and did most of the songs from The Other Side of Time, including the one above from Gods and Generals that she wrote with Byron and Glenn. She said she thought several of the songs were over-orchestrated by Sony Classical on the CD (that's my major criticism of it, too). They did the music just on keyboards and guitars and it sounded great.

And -- in addition to "Ben Aindi Habibi," which Mary explained (since the song is in Mozarabic) is the love song of a highly prized woman slave like someone signed to a record label, the Stephen Foster song "Hard Times" that Bruce Springsteen has been playing as an encore this tour season, and a new song about the sirens of Greek mythology -- she did three October Project songs: "Deep As You Go," "Bury My Lovely," and, as an encore, "Return To Me," which still gives me the shakes.

Mary Fahl singing (and playing guitar, something I never saw her do with October Project) at Jammin' Java.

The color is off on all these photos, but considering how many red lights were used on the stage and the fact that I took them without flash on my little Canon, I'm very happy with them anyway.

(For instance, it looks like Mary has gray hair here because of the way the light is hitting her, when she's actually quite blonde -- no more raven tresses, as she joked.)

Here is Mary with Byron -- this is the only photo I took with flash, during the introduction to the last song before the encore.

She's a very passionate singer and often has her eyes closed, so I was glad to get so many photos with them open!

During a light moment between songs.

Greeting fans and signing autographs after the set.

I was originally in this photo, but I looked so tall, blonde, svelte, and gorgeous next to Mary that I cropped myself out to avoid comparisons. *snickers*

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