..and maybe you don’t need that skin anymore

I love Kris Delmhorst. She just really does it for me. Summer Breeze is my fave song of hers – and I used to listen to it over and over. Must have been the space I was in at the time. It’s funny how you find certain songs that just seem to fit the circumstances , the words relate – or sometimes not,  many years ago I had a friend who killed himself and now every time I hear Neil Young’s  Harvest Moon, I think of David. And Harvest Moon has NOTHING AT ALL to do with suicide. Weird.

There are a couple of things about this song I love in particular.  The image of building your own shell to hide in, I can get with that. But then of course – if you don’t feel the bad you also can’t feel the good, and there is sooo much good out there. And then there is the bit about safety, it is totally an illusion that can stifle us if we let it.

summer breeze

Once you’ve been bitten
You get a little bit shy
Start looking round for any place that you can hide
Once you’ve been naked
You get a thick thick skin
Build it up layer by layer and you climb on in

And then you’re wrapped up oh so tightly
That I don’t think you feel a thing
No sting of snowflakes, no kiss of angel’s wings
And maybe you don’t need that skin anymore
Maybe if you took it off you would not have to breathe
Maybe air would just flow in and out of you as it pleased

Look at all the heaviness
And the weight in this world
Put an old lady backbone in a little baby girl
Left no room for no lover
Left no time for no friend
Just a little voice saying never never never again

But if there’s no such thing as safety
And if there ain’t no guarantee
Maybe the coast is just as clear as it is ever gonna be
And maybe you don’t need that skin anymore
Maybe if you took it off you would not even have to breathe
Maybe air would just flow in and out of you as it pleased

Like a summer breeze
Don’t you want to feel the breeze
Don’t you want to feel it now
Sweet summer breeze

lyrics & music by kris delmhorst © 1998 big bean music/ASCAP

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