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Lyrics by

Janie Worm

From the CD Higher Ground

Teach me how to love. Give me the strength to open this window.
Teach me how to love, to let the light shine in to every dusty, dark corner.

A faint flicker burns in the far end of this room.
The darkness yearns to be awakened from the night, to feel the love of illumination.
Cold chambers sleep and wait for the warm breath of daylight.
A stroke on the cheek is all that it takes to bring senses to life again.

Teach me how to love. Give me the strength to open this window.
Teach me how to love, to let the light shine in to every dusty, dark corner

Sunlight streams through revealing the hues of the rainbow,
on a painted canvas come true; the animation of dreams through heartfelt emotion.
Hope comes alive as melodies dance on a ceiling.
Imagination arrives with palate in hand to add detail and meaning.

The room now ablaze, consumed by the warm kiss of firelight.
While hungry flames shoot out across the sky, leaving sprinkles of starlight.
New sparks take hold. Each twinkle a song of rejoicing.
And so goes the flow, burning past this windowpane in a silent voice.

Teach me how to love.
Teach me how to love.
Please teach me how to love.

From Higher Ground, released 2003.

Credits from the recording:
Janie Worm – music, lyrics & vocals
Lois “Auji” Gruber – piano
Gwen Howland – violin

Insider Notes

The Persian poet, Rumi, said something like, “My religion is love.” That makes more sense to me than anything I’ve ever heard and has always been my focus. When I wanted to express the deep yearning to know and be love, this song came from the most humble and sincere place of my heart.

For me life is about learning to love myself and all that exists as unconditionally as possible. This is the theme of my life and there’s always another step to take.

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