Against the Tide

The death of my oldest childhood friend presented a tide of grief that brought with it the first of the album’s new songs, which then emerged as the album’s title. My transition from acoustic to archtop electric guitar revealed a wider range of chords, and with a subtle tremolo and sustain, this song developed a comforting ebb and flow.
Against The Tide
How she danced!
Climbed to the top, sang to the night
How she sang!
To the bright shining stars, and down to the dark swelling tide
“I wanna live!
I’m alive, and riding the pain
And it smiles
Hard as diamonds, and I just wanna shine again.”
If we knew!
That life was so brief, we’d have made time to weep
Tears, how they’d fall!
Slide down your face to a pool on the floor
You could swim through the weeping, right out the door
Float in the moonlight, and dream of a new life
How we’ll live!
In a house by the sea, you’ll sing and I’ll play violin
And we’ll swim through the weeping, guided within
Float in the moonlight, against the tide, out of this life
Swim through the weeping
Against the tide, out of this life.