Home To My Heart

by Lytingale

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Dedicated with love to my husband, Chad O'Shea, and children, Michael & Kathryn.

Sheet music is available at www.Lytingale.net

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released June 1, 1995

..written, recorded and mixed by Lytingale.
..mastered by Michael O'Shea at Solotechne Studios.
..performed by Lytingale (vocals, keyboard, flute, guitar, kazoo) assisted by The Unitic Band: Joel Pressman (bass), Pete Latrella Jr (drums), Dave De la Rosa (guitar), Georgia Pressman (flute).

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Lytingale Asheville, North Carolina

A prolific songwriter (400+ songs) and versatile musician (vocals, keyboards, guitar, flute, dulcimer, hand drums, kazoo), "Lyte" uses her clear soprano voice for all styles of music: rock, folk, opera, blues, jazz, musical comedy. She accompanies Womansong, officiates weddings, sings at church & conferences, and teaches private voice lessons. ... more

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Track Name: Love Lets You Be
Love Lets You Be

I was a stranger; you took me in
To the warmth of your heart,
And now I know how it feels to be loved.

Love lets you be.
If you let it, your love sets you free
To be whatever you want to be.
Love lets you be
So free, so free.

You were the teacher; I learned to give
All the joy in my soul,
And now I feel
That I really can live.

Love lets you be.
If you let it, your love sets you free
To be whatever you want to be.
Love lets you be
So free, so free.

You are the reason I am in touch
With the peace deep inside.
And now I see
All the sweet harmony.

Love lets you be.
If you let it, your love sets you free
To be whatever you want to be.
Love lets you be.
If you let it, your love sets you free
To be whatever you want to be.
Love lets you be
So free, so free, so free.
Love, love, love lets you be
So free.

(c) 1979 Lois J Henrickson (Lytingale)
Track Name: (If I Could) Sit Across the Porch
(If I Could) Sit Across the Porch From God

If I could sit across the porch from God,
Under the shade of a big old tree,
I'd tell Him how glad I am to be alive,
And thank Him for lending you to me.

You are sunshine when skies are cloudy,
You are the moon on a summer's night,
You are the dewdrops sparkling in the meadow,
You are the feeling that everything'll be all right.

If I could sit across the porch from God,
Under the shade of a big old tree,
I'd tell Him how glad I am to be alive,
And thank Him for lending you to me.

You are the tulips bloomin' in the springtime.
You are the river shinin' in the summer sunlight.
You are the colors painted in the trees in autumn.
You are the fire warmin' on a winter's night.

If I could sit across the porch from God,
Under the shade of a big old tree,
I'd tell Him how glad I am to be alive,
And thank Him for lending you to me.

You are the mountains reachin' up toward heaven.
You are the choir singin' with their heart and soul.
You are the children eatin' Grandma's Sunday dinner.
You are the laughter that's ringin' right thru my bones.

If I could sit across the porch from God,
Under the shade of a big old tree,
I'd tell Him how glad I am to be alive,
And thank Him for lending you to me.

I'd tell Him how glad I am to be alive,
And thank Him for lending you to me.

(c) 1989 Lois J Henrickson (Lytingale)
Track Name: O What a Bountiful Life
O What A Bountiful Life

Life is beautiful!
Life is wonderful!
Life is magical!
O, what a bountiful life!

1. The sun is shinin', the moon is wanin',
My heart is joyful; There's no complainin'.
The birds are singin', the butterfly's wingin' it.
O, what a bountiful life!

2. The seeds are sproutin', the grass is growin'
My heart is joyful; My love is showin'
The bullfrog's braggin' and puppy tail's waggin'
And O, what a bountiful life!

3. The earth is bloomin' and God's in heaven
My heart is joyful; I'm glad I'm livin'
The kids are gigglin' and worms are wrigglin'
And O, what a bountiful life!

(c) 1986 Lois J Henrickson (Lytingale)
Track Name: You're OK
You're OK

Maybe you're feeling lonely,
Maybe your baby's gone,
Maybe your little apartment doesn't feel much like home.
Maybe you want some loving
That nobody's there to give.
Maybe you face the world all alone.

But I want you to know, you're OK.
I want you to know somebody somewhere
Loves you today.
I want you to see how beautiful you are.
Open the door to your heart and
let the love shine through.
Open the door to your heart and
let the love shine through.

Sometimes your friends are all busy.
Sometimes the world seems cold.
Sometimes the face in the mirror
Is too soon growing old.
Sometimes you fear the changes that're
comin' on way too fast.
Sometimes the nights go by way too slow.

But I want you to know, you're OK.
I want you to know somebody somewhere
Loves you today.
I want you to see how beautiful you are.
Open the door to your heart and
let the love shine through.
Open the door to your heart and
let the love shine through.

Someday you'll start your diet;
Someday you'll see the Light.
Someday you'll meet that someone
who makes everything all right.
Someday you'll be good enough
to satisfy Mom and Dad.
"Someday"and "tomorrow" never comes.

But I want you to know, you're OK.
I want you to know somebody somewhere
Loves you today.
I want you to see how beautiful you are.
Open the door to your heart and
let the love shine through.
Open the door to your heart and
let the love shine through.

(c)1990 Lois J Henrickson (Lytingale)
Track Name: Love is the Answer
Love Is The Answer

Love is the answer
No matter what the question is.
And love is what you truly are
Way down deep inside.

You are made to love.
You are here just to be
A shining ray of God's infinite joy.

Love is the reason
For every challenge that you meet.
And love is what you truly need
To learn your lessons well.

You are made for love.
You are here to express
The happiness of God's wonderful life!

Love is the secret.
It's the mystery, and the Golden Key.
And love is what you truly seek,
Everywhere you look,
Everytime you speak,
Everything you do,
Love is you.

(c)1990 Lois J Henrickson (Lytingale)
Track Name: Shining Eyes
Shining Eyes

You got them shining eyes,
You got them shining eyes.
When I look into your face,
I see the beauty of the human race
In your shining eyes.

Oh, baby, your smile lights up a room.
Oh, darling, when I'm with you,
I'm so glad to be alive.
See the wonders all around.
Touch the sky or kiss the ground beneath your feet.

You got them shining eyes,
You got them shining eyes.
When I look into your face,
I see the beauty of the human race
In your shining eyes.

Oh, baby, you melt me with one touch.
Oh, darling, you're an angel.
You're so sweet you are divine.
I can knock on heaven't door.
Feel the magic in the world.
You fill my heart.

You got them shining eyes,
You got them shining eyes.
When I look into your face,
I see the beauty of the human race
In your shining eyes.

When I look into your face,
I see the beauty of the human race
In your shining eyes.

(c)1994 Lois J Henrickson (Lytingale)
Track Name: Bring the Harvest Home
Bring the Harvest Home

1. Rushing of the wind thru the meadow grass,
Crickets chirp in harmony with all.
Mother Autumn's paintbrush dapples mountaintops with fire
As the season turns from summer into fall.

Blow away the heat of summer's wanton play.
Gather in the fruits of all our growing.
Listen to the rhythm of the Earth and She will say,
Bring the harvest home,
Bring the harvest home to your heart.

2. Meadow flowers nodding to the Northern wind,\
Blooming with a majesty though small.
Tiny dots of radiance, so perfect and complete
As the season turns from summer into fall.

Blow away the heat of summer's wanton play.
Gather in the fruits of all our growing.
Listen to the rhythm of the Earth and She will say,
Bring the harvest home,
Bring the harvest home to your heart.

3. Beating of the wings as the geese fly overhead,
Crying out the changes with their call.
Waken to the melody that lingers in the air
As the season turns from summer into fall.

Blow away the heat of summer's wanton play.
Gather in the fruits of all our growing.
Listen to the rhythm of the Earth and She will say,
Bring the harvest home,
Bring the harvest home to your heart.
Ah, to your heart.
Bring it home, bring it home,
Bring it home to your heart.

(c)1979 Lois J Henrickson (Lytingale)
Track Name: Everydays for Everyman
Everydays for Everyman
We're all doing the best we can.
Living, learning as we go
Dancing through the passing show.

1. As time goes by, the little things
Take on a special glow.
The way the cat curls round my feet
To fill her dinner bowl.
The rituals of daily life
Become the fragrant blooms
That fill the heart's own garden
And decorate empty rooms.

2. They say that youth is wasted so
Upon the very young.
They're rushing thru their growin years,
Intent on days to come.
Until one day they slow their pace,
Make friends with Father Time,
And learn the art of living well,
Just one day at a time.

3. And so we live from day to day
In patterns that we weave.
A tapestry that's colored by
What we choose to believe.
And when we count our treasures,
It's the simple things we do
With love and friends and daily bread
That make our dreams come true.

(c)1987 Lois J Henrickson (Lytingale)
Track Name: Oh, Oh, God
Oh, Oh, God

Oh, oh, God, come near to us,
Come near to us, we pray.
Oh, oh, God, let us feel Your presence here today.

Heaven, heaven,
I feel the touch of heaven.
Everywhere I look I see God.
Heaven, heaven,
Surrounded by God's heaven.
All I need to do is open my eyes.

Oh, oh, God, Let me see you,
Let me see you with my heart.
Oh, oh, God, Sweep the cobwebs from my mind
To feel your love.

I set aside the world now,
Let it go.
I come to the altar of Spirit,
Let it flow.
I open wide the gates to my heart.

Oh, oh, God, come in.
Ollie-Ollie-in-free.
I'm home.

(c) 1990 Lois J Henrickson (Lytingale)
Track Name: The Greatest Gift
The Greatest Gift

The greatest gift is love,
There is no finer gift on earth.
If we will give our love,
Then we have found our worth.

1. God gives me the rain.
God gives me the stars above.
God gives me the sun.
God gives me you to love.

2. Life shows me its joy.
Life shows me its rises and falls.
Life shows me its pain.
Life is for loving it all.

3. Love teaches me peace.
Love teaches me how to give.
Love teaches me thanks.
Love is God's way to live.

(c)1986 Lois J Henrickson (Lytingale)
Track Name: Calorie Blues
Calorie Blues

Oh, Lord, why did you make so many calories?
Oh, Lord, why did you make so many calories?
Ever since Adam ate the apple,
Temptation has been followin' me.

Well, if I'm not supposed to eat it,
Why did you make it taste so good?
I've tried every kind of diet,
But I'm still in love with food.

Oh, Sweet Temptation, won't you have mercy on me?
Oh, Sweet Temptation, won't you have mercy on me?
Lord, keep my feet from strayin'
Down the street with the bakery.

Summerimte, and the eating is healthy.
Red ripe tomatoes on top of salad greens.
Oh, I was doing so great,
Till that blue cheese dressing go ahold of me.

Choc'late mousse, pizza pie, brownies, cookies, Get away from me.
Choc'late mousse, pizza pie, brownies, cookies, Get away from me.
Cause I look like the Pillsbury doughboy,
And my thighs are like a giant redwood tree.

Oh, Lord, why did you make so many calories?
Oh, Lord, why did you make so many calories?
Ever since Adam ate the apple,
Temptation has been followin' me.

(c)1990 Lois J Henrickson (Lytingale)
Track Name: Deo: Dancing Back To God
Deo: Dancin' Back to God

Deo, Deo, Deo, Dancin' back to God.
Deo, Deo, Deo, Dancin' back to God.

1. Life is just a gift from God,
Life's a celebration.
Life is the just the dance we do
To bring us back to God.

2. Everybody comes from God.
Everyone's divine, oh.
Everybody's on the Path,
Dancin' back to God.

3. Gloria, Gloria, Gloria in excelsis.
Gloria, Gloria, in excelsis deo.

4. Love how we do this thing.
Love is every answer.
Love's the song that we must sing
To bring us back to God.

(c)1992 Lois J Henrickson (Lytingale)