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  1. Mermaid Song

From the recording Mermaid Song

<p><em>Inspired by &ldquo;The Little Mermaid&rdquo; - Hans Christian Andersen </em></p>
<p>In May of 2012 I collaborated in a concert called &ldquo;Twisted Fables &amp; Woven Worlds&rdquo; with two other fabulous artists, Catherine Gell (singer/songwriter) and Erin Dingle (poet/spoken word artist).&nbsp; The concert was themed around iconic objects from fairy tales and myth, which afforded me the creative space to write songs inspired by many of my favorite stories.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In particular it provided me an opportunity to write a song that had been floating around my mind for a number of years, and that was the song of the Little Mermaid.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I am not talking about precocious Disney princesses here, but rather the original, more poignant story of the Little Mermaid written by Hans Christian Andersen.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It was a story that left an indelible mark on me as a child, her deep longing to feel whole, the sweetness of her sacrifice, the truth of her love.&nbsp; These were life lessons to me, as much as playground politics.&nbsp; She was real to me because I could find myself in her, because I could feel her pain, but more importantly, I could live her love.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p>
<p>When I perform this song live, I often tell the story of my daughter Melaine, to whom I gifted a book of Hans Christian Andersen stories when she was about 9 years old.&nbsp; One day shortly after she came down the stairs from her room with a pensive look on her face.&nbsp;&nbsp; She asked, &ldquo;why did Disney change the ending to The Little Mermaid?&nbsp; Why? It takes away all the meaning&rdquo;.&nbsp; Why indeed.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Written in January of 2012</p>
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Lyrics

<p>I wanted you to save me as I once saved you<br /> There are no saviors when one is not two<br /> My voice is all tangled in the depth of that sea<br /> Where my crumbling Atlantis mourns silently<br /><br /> I can&rsquo;t regret this love like water<br /> I can&rsquo;t regret the heart that led me to you<br /> You gave me the sun<br /> You gave me the air I&rsquo;ll relinquish<br /> My mermaid&rsquo;s song undone<br /><br /> Her name was the prayer I danced to be near you<br /> It was your kindness that was my ruin<br /> The price had been paid but love can&rsquo;t be bought<br /> Oh you named me friend and all was for naught<br /><br /> I can&rsquo;t regret this love like water<br /> I can&rsquo;t regret the heart that led me to you<br /> You gave me the sun<br /> You gave me the air I&rsquo;ll relinquish<br /> My mermaid&rsquo;s song undone<br /><br /> What is love if it can maim?<br /> I won&rsquo;t sacrifice your trust to my pain<br /> I&rsquo;m not a dagger to taint the past with blood<br /> The moments with you were infinity had<br /><br /> No regrets<br /> Love is not love if it regrets<br /><br /> I gave you my heart<br /> You gave me the air I&rsquo;ll relinquish<br /> And sea foam I&rsquo;ll become<br /> My mermaid&rsquo;s song undone</p>