Song Lyric Sunday: Forty-Five Years by Stan Rogers

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I’m participating in love is in da blog. Our “love” today is through Helen’s (This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time) Song Lyric Sunday.

Stan Rogers wrote this song when he was 23, and in love with Ariel. It’s one of the most beautiful love songs I know. 

Forty-five Years

Where the earth shows it’s bones of wind broken stone
And the sea and the sky are one
I’m caught out of time
My blood sings with wine
And I’m running naked in the sun
There’s God in the trees
I’m weak in the knees
And the sky is a painful blue
I’d like to look around but honey all I see is you

The summer city lights will soften the night
Till you think that the air is clear
I’m sitting with friends where forty five cents
Will buy another glass of beer
He’s got something to say
But I’m so far away that I don’t know who I’m talking to
Cause you just walked in the door and honey all I see is you

And I just want to hold you closer than I’ve ever held anyone before
You say you’ve been twice a wife
And you’re through with life
Ah, but honey what the Hell’s it for?
After twenty three years you think I could find a way to let you know some how
That I wanna see your smiling face forty five years from now


Alone in the lights on stage every night
I’ve been reachin’ out to find a friend
Who know all the words
Sings so she’s heard
And know how all the stories end
Maybe after the show she’ll ask me to go home with her for a drink or two
Now her smile lights her eyes
But honey all I see is you

And I just want to hold you closer than I’ve ever held anyone before
You say you’ve been twice a wife
And you’re through with life
Ah, but honey what the Hell’s it for?
After twenty three years you think I could find a way to let you know some how
That I wanna see your smiling face forty five year from now

Stan won his love, Ariel. Tragically, they didn’t have 45 years. Ten years later, he tragically died in an airplane fire in June 1983. He was  33. I cried when I heard the news on the radio. My husband had met him. I’d met his wife. I saw him at a folk festival just the previous summer.

What a wonderful expression of love “. . . I wanna see your smiling face forty five years from now.”

For more on the life and music of Stan Rogers, http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/stan-rogers/

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5 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Forty-Five Years by Stan Rogers

  1. Helen Espinosa February 7, 2016 / 1:07 pm

    That was such a sweet song. The lyrics are amazing and I love his deep baritone voice! Thank you for sharing!! 😍

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    • taleweavering February 7, 2016 / 6:10 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it. He is one of my favourite performers. I can just imagine the music he would have written had he not died so young.
      I often use his songs, so you may hear him again. ;]

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      • Helen Espinosa February 7, 2016 / 7:55 pm

        It’s so sad when performers die young. I will enjoy listening to him again. :)

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