Come and Kiss Me

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Dedicated with love to the memory of Erin Williams Hyman.

Texts:
1. Deut 34: 1-5
2. Midrash Rabbah, Parashat VeZot HaBracha, 11:10 and in English translation in The Book of Legends, ed. HN Bialik, YH Ravinitzky; transl. WG Braude; New York: Schocken Books; 1992. pp. 101–105.
3. Genesis 2:7
4. Unataneh Tokef

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Come and Kiss Me

For the last time the old man laces his shoes
Climbs the mountain and
Takes in the views
Lays down his burden
The day is done
His work is finished
Now it will go on.

Mouth wide open
In wonder at the sea,
The stretch of green valleys and tall Cypress trees
When the wind blows strong
He leans on his staff
And lets out a cry
That’s also a laugh.

Come and kiss me
Kiss me now
Come as close as the air allows.
Come and kiss me
I’m ready to go
I’ve made it to the top of the mountain.

She wanted to stay for a few years more
With her ice cream machine
In a house by the shore.
She’d climbed those mountains
But wanted to stay
With the sun on her neck
And watch her boys play.

But you don’t get to choose
And it ain’t win or lose
And when the mountain calls
You put on your shoes.
And with love on your lips
You share out the light
With the ones you love
At your bedside.

Come and kiss me
Kiss me now
Come as close as the air allows
Come and kiss me
I’m ready to go
I’ve made it to the top of the mountain.

Oh ohh…they go up the mountain
Oh ohh…they don’t come down
Oh ohh…it is something else
It’s something else,
We place in the ground.

Come and kiss me
Kiss me now
Come as close as the air allows
Come and kiss me
We are still here
Kiss me oh kiss me, my dear

Come now kiss me
Kiss me now
Come as close as the air allows
Come and kiss me
I am still here
Kiss me
til I make it
to the top of the mountain.

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from Something of Mine, released April 26, 2017

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