To Tell the Truth

from by Mama Gina

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Sometimes I have to face the things that I really don't want to say about myself. But here it is. How can I be surrounded by hundreds of people at a noisy, busy, local music festival ... all in the thick of it ... possibilities for connections everywhere ... and I am immobilized because I can't start something that I know I don't trust myself to follow through? But I can still write, and connect with others on an amazing musical heart level. Rachel Welch - who I have known since she was a beautiful young woman, and is now all grown up and an accomplished and talented musician - was at ZenFest the year I wrote this. I stopped by her tent, asked her to bring her sax down, and I knew I would record this with her in that moment.

lyrics

To Tell the Truth © 2/2018 G. LaMonte

To tell the truth, I didn’t recognize you
I just thought you were beautiful
To tell the truth, I never meant to stay for more than just one moment
One sip of your soul and then I knew

To tell the truth, I’m kind of selfish
I often take more than I give
To tell it straight, you make me want to turn my world around
And find a better way to live

CHORUS:
But when you’re gone, I know I can’t sustain this
Honestly, honesty is not my stronger suit
So let’s skip the pain and heartache before this all begins
This lifetime there’s no time for us
To tell the truth

I could say we’d be good together
Well, you’d be good for me, and I would wear you down
Another space and time, we might dream a real forever
But baby, right in the here and now

CHORUS:
But when you’re gone, I know I can’t sustain this
Honestly, honesty is not my stronger suit
So let’s skip the pain and heartache before this all begins
This lifetime there’s no time for us
To tell the truth

BRIDGE:
So leave me to my love affairs that ain’t love
And I’ll leave you to a better fate than this
I’ll write it on my soul, and somewhere down the road
There’s a lifetime with you someday
That I don’t want to miss

CHORUS:
But when you’re gone, I know I can’t sustain this
Honestly, honesty is not my stronger suit
So let’s skip the pain and heartache before this all begins
This lifetime there’s no time for us
To tell the truth

credits

from Firewood & Rust, released March 24, 2020
Written and performed by Gina LaMonte
Sax by Rachel Welch

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