ARROW

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ARROW

 

“Arrow” is a song by Cheryl Wheeler. The story about the song is almost as good as the song itself. Cheryl got up in the middle of the night and wrote most of the song in one sitting. And it was almost never recorded. Cheryl was putting together a tape of songs to be considered for her first album. Her friend Patsy kept telling her she should add this one, but Cheryl didn’t think it would work. Finally, she added it to the tape just to prove to Patsy that it wasn’t that good of a song. Fortunately, it made it on to the album.

The version on Circles and Arrows is a “seriously remixed” variation of the version on Cheryl Wheeler, including Mark O’Conner’s beautiful violin. A live version of Arrow can be found on YouTube.

 

I wish I could fall in love

Though it only leads to trouble, oh I know it does

Still I’d fool myself and gladly, just to feel I was

In love, in love

I wish I could feel my heartbeat rise

And gaze into some gentle, warm excited eyes

And give myself as truly as an arrow flies

In windless skies

 

(Chorus)

Oh I remember you in the tv light

Holding you close to me where we lay

And now I wish I knew some of those softer nights

Whispering quietly, feeling you turn to me

 

Only last night in the winter dark

I dreamed of how you loved, in all your innocence

And I’ve never known a softer warmer feeling since, or a truer heart

Maybe these dreams are leading me

Maybe love is not as gentle as my memory

Maybe time and wishful half-remembered fantasy are the greatest part

 

(Chorus)

 

Wish I could feel my heartbeat rise

And gaze into some gentle, warm excited eyes

And give myself as truly as an arrow flies

In windless skies

I wish I could fall in love

Though it only leads to trouble, oh I know it does

Still I’d fool myself and gladly just to feel I was, in love