Dreaming Out Loud

from by John Orr Franklin

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Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow —
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand —
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep — while I weep!
O God! Can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

- Edgar Allen Poe

Lyric Video at: vimeo.com/167673039


“Dreaming Out Loud”

For the first time in years I can feel
For the first time I’ve come around
and I can breathe the air

I’m Dreaming out loud
for the first time I’ve opened my eyes
sometimes the bottle
can drown out the dream
I’m Dreaming out loud
straight through the clouds and the skies

with a kiss, grace falls at your feet

so many memories
they seemed to have vanished in the haze
I know you’ll grow

I’m Dreaming out loud
for the first time I’ve opened my eyes
Close the door
and turn the key

I’m Dreaming out loud
there’s so much of life to give


from Life Is The Dream (lp), track released May 21, 2016



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