Gather Me

by Melanie

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released October 1, 1971

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Melanie Nashville, Tennessee

Pieces of a career, scattered by the winds of experience and assembled again by the force of love into the most personal and brilliant moments of her musical journey. Melanie is poised to enlighten new generations about what it means to sing with both passion and eloquence, to write at once with intelligence and emotion, and to inspire through song. Nobody does this better.
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Track Name: Little Bit Of Me
Balanced on my mountain
With the people all around
Who say that I've been up too long
And they want to bring me down
Well I wouldn't mind the falling...no
It's the ones who come to see
If all I've got left inside
Is a little bit of me

Won't you hold my hand now
Hold my hand tight
Hold lightly in the day
And hold harder at night
Well I don't mind the coming down
It's the way it's got to be
What I hope I got left inside
Is a little bit of me

Now when it is all over
And I become a seed
They'll plant me in the universe
Where the balance gotta be
Now I don't mind the dying, no.
It's the way it's got to be
But I hope I leave behind
Just a little bit of me
A little bit of me

To be balanced on my mountain
With the people all around
Who say that I've been up too long
And they want to bring me down
I don't mind the coming down
It's the way it's gotta be
What I hope I got left inside
Is a little bit of me

Hope I got something left for me
Hope I got something left for me
Hope I got something left for me
Track Name: Some Day I'll Be A Farmer
Someday I'll be a farmer, working the land
I wish I was a farmer, to work with my hands
'Cause it's been too long a ride, too high the fare
Well, I built and climbed a mountain
But it wasn't there
And I been lookin' all around looked everywhere
Well, I built and climbed a mountain
But it wasn't there
It isn't there, dum ta dum
It isn't here, it isn't there, nor anywhere

I'm gonna pick an apple right from the tree
I'm gonna eat the apple 'cause it grew there for me
And it's been to long a ride, too high the fare
Well, I built and climbed a mountain
But it wasn't there
And I been lookin' all around, looked everywhere
To build and climb a mountain if it isn't there
It isn't there, dum ta dum
It isn't here, it isn't there, nor anywhere

I wish I was a farmer, working the land
Some day I'll be a farmer to work with my hands
'Cause, it's been too long a ride, too high the fare
You know I built and climbed a mountain
But it wasn't there
And I been lookin' all around, looked everywhere
Well, I built and climbed a mountain, but it wasn't there
And I been lookin' all around, looked everywhere
To build and climb a mountain if it isn't there
It isn't there, dum ta dum
It isn't here, it isn't there, nor anywhere

I wish I was a farmer, working the land
Some day I'll be a farmer to work with my hands
Dum ti dum dum um ta dum
Track Name: Steppin
You said you were leavin’
And I said go on
I don't know exactly what it is
But something went wrong
It wasn't for nothing
It made a sad rhyme
I'm sorry I saw you
I meant to stay blind

And I'm gonna go out steppin’ with my new man tonight
Gonna go out steppin' with my new man tonight

If my mother should ask me where you've gone
Gonna tell her that you joined the Marines
And she'll say c'mon
And then she'll start laughing
And so will I
I'm glad that I'm laughing
It's a good way to die

And I'm gonna go out steppin' with my new man tonight
Gonna go out steppin' with my new man tonight

When I finish my laundry and air out my head
Gonna look for another long-haired man to help me make my bed
You know that I'll miss you
But strangely I'm glad
Gonna make it without you
And that's what's so sad
Gonna make it alone and that's what sad
Gonna make it alone and that's what sad
'Cause you know that I'll miss you
But strangely I'm glad
Gonna make it alone
And that's what's so sad
Track Name: Brand New Key
I rode my bicycle past your window last night
I roller-skated to your door at daylight
It almost seems like you're avoiding me
I'm okay alone, but you got something I need

Well, I got a brand new pair of roller skates
You got a brand new key
I think that we should get together and try them out you see
I been looking around awhile
You got something for me
Oh! I got a brand new pair of roller skates
You got a brand new key

I ride my bike, I roller skate don't drive no care
Don't go too fast, but I go pretty far
For somebody who don't drive I been all around the world
Some people say, I done all right for a girl
Oh, yea yea, oh, yea yea yea, oh yea yea yea, oh yea yea yea

I asked your mother if you were at home
She said yes but you weren't alone
Oh, sometimes I think that you're avoiding me
I'm okay alone, but you got something I need

Well, I got a brand new pair of roller skates
You got a brand new key
I think that we should get together and try them out to see
La la la la lalala, la la la lala
Oh! I got a brand new pair of roller skates
You got a brand new key
Track Name: Ring Around The Moon
Who will draw a ring around the moon
Who will draw a line from star to star
Who will sing a penny's worth of song
To tell them how in love we are

I will draw a ring around the moon
I will draw a line from star to star
I will sing a penny's worth of song
To tell them how in love we are
Track Name: Ring The Living Bell Shine The Living Light
RING THE LIVING BELL SHINE THE LIVING LIGHT (Chant)

Ring the living bell
Ring the living bell
Shine the living light
Shine the living light
Ring the living bell
Ring the living bell

RING THE LIVING BELL

I've been celebrating 'way too long
And I've been drinkin', I'm ashamed to tell
Still feel thirsty
God I want to drink the water from the well
Still feel thirsty
God I want to drink and ring the living bell
Ring the bell, ah
Ring the living bell
Still feel thirsty
God, I want to give and ring the living bell

I'm not a magic lady
But I want to sing to help the light
Descend on the earth today
Because it's gonna get dark tonight
Sing for light, ah
Sing the living light
Still feel weak
But God, I want to give and shine the living light
Still feel weak,
But God, I want to give and shine the living light

Been walking down the street all night
And I've been feeling kinda cold
Still feel naked
God I wanna be warm before I get old and
I'm cold Ah
And I'm feeling cold
Still feel hungry
God I want to give and ring the living bell
Still feel hungry
God I want to live and ring the living bell

Been celebrating 'way too long
And I have eaten much too well
Still feel hungry
God I want to give and ring the living bell
Ring the bell, ah
Ring the living bell
Still feel hungry
God I want to give and ring the living bell
Still feel hungry
God I want to give and ring the living bell
Still feel hungry
God I want to give and ring the living bell
Ring the living bell

SHINE THE LIVING LIGHT (Chant Reprise)

Ring the living bell, ring the living bell
Shine the living light, shine the living light
Ring the living bell, ring the living bell
Shine the living light, shine the living light
Ring the living bell, ring the living bell
Shine the living light, shine the living light
Ring the living bell, ring the living bell
Shine the living light, shine the living light
Ring the living bell, shine the living light
Shine the living light, shine the living light
Ring the living bell, ring the living bell
Shine the living light, shine the living light
Track Name: Kansas
Lu do n du do do
Lu do n du do do do do etc
Kinda got a feelin' we're not in Kansas no more, no more, no more, no more
Toto stop your barkin', 'cause we're not in Kansas no more
Lu do n du do do etc
Kinda got a feelin' we're not in Kansas no more, no more, no more, no more
Toto stop your barkin', 'cause we're not in Kansas no more
Track Name: Some Say I Got Devil
Some say I got devil
Some say I got angel
But I'm just a girl in trouble
I don't think I'm in danger
Don't think I'm in danger
No, I know I'm not in danger
But some have tried to sell me
All kinds of things to save me
From hurting like a woman, and crying like a baby
Something like a woman, crying like a baby

And all the things that I have seen
Qualify me for a part in your dream
Qualify me for this dream

And though I'd like to tell it
Exactly how I feel it
Somehow the music
Hides it and conceals it
Hides it and conceals it
Oh, it hides

And all the things that I have seen
Can be hidden in a part of my dream
Gonna hide it in my dream

Some say I've got devil
Some say I got angel
But I'm just this girl in trouble
I don't think I'm in danger
No I'm not in danger
No, I know I'm not in danger
Track Name: Center Of The Circle
Well I was born between the signs
I got some time so hold me mister
You've got what's been on my mind
Keep on holding me
Hold me I need everybody
Keep me while I look around
You've got what I haven't found
Keep on holding me

Do do do do ....................
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La la la la la ....................
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I wish I lived a blessed life
Home grown food and Christ on Sunday
In another life time one day
That is where I'll be
Oh, hold me I need everybody
Keep me in your nice, light sun
Until I'm centre of your circle
Keep me hangin' on
Until I'm centre of your circle
Keep me hangin' on

Well I was born between the signs
Got some time so hold me mister
You've got what's been on my mind
Keep on holding me
Hold me I need everybody
Keep me while I'm feeling down
You've got what I haven't found

Keep on holding me
Oh, hold me I need everybody
Keep me in your nice, light sun
Until I'm centre of your circle
Keep me hangin' on.

Do do do do ....................
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La la la la la ....................
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Track Name: What Wondrous Love
What wondrous love is this, oh my soul, oh my soul
What wondrous love is this, oh my soul
What wondrous love is this
That caused the Lord of Bliss, oh
To send this perfect peace to my soul
Oh my, oh my, oh my soul, oh my soul

When I was sinking down, sinking down, oh my soul
When I was sinking down, oh my soul
When I was sinking down
I stopped and looked around
And there I heard the sound of my soul
Oh my, oh my, oh my soul, oh my soul

To God and to his man I will sing I'm gonna sing
To God and to his man I'm gonna sing
To God and to his man, who is afraid I am not
What wondrous love is this, oh my soul
Oh my, oh my soul
Oh my soul, oh my, oh my, oh my soul
Oh my my my my, oh my, oh my soul
Oh my, oh my soul, oh my, oh my, oh my soul
Oh my, oh my soul, oh my, oh my soul
Oh my, oh my, oh my soul
To God and to his man, who is afraid I am not

What wondrous love is this, oh my soul
Oh my, oh my soul, oh my soul

(Traditional, arranged and adapted by Melanie Safka)
Track Name: Baby Day
Why sleep when the day has been called out by the sun
From the night 'cause the light's gonna shine on everyone
Why sleep when the sleep only closes up our eyes
Why sleep when we can watch the sun arise

We were meant to see the beginning of the day
I believe it was planned to lift us this way
Take you an apple and take you a song
And watch a baby day be born
Take you an apple and take you a song
Watch a baby day be born

Quite quite, said I that's all very well to say
But I rose before the dawn to your singing yesterday
I couldn't see the rising 'cause the dark was in my sky
I couldn't see the sun 'cause the sun was in my eye

Take you an apple and take you a song
Watch a baby day be born
Take you an apple and take you a song
Watch a baby day be born

Why sleep, I heard and I followed it today
To the top of the hill where the wind songs play
And I sing it like I heard it
Why I heard it who knows why?
Why sleep when we can watch the sun arise

We were meant to see the beginning of the day
I believe it was planned to lift us this way
Take you an apple and take you a song
Watch a baby day be born
Take you an apple and take you a song
Watch a baby day be born
Take you an apple and take you a song
Watch a baby day be born
Take you an apple and take you a song
Watch a baby day be born

Take you an apple and take you a song
Take back an answer to something gone wrong
Take back some music and take me along
And watch a baby day be born
Watch a baby day be born
Track Name: Tell Me Why
Tell me why the stars do shine
Tell me why the ivy twines
Tell me why the ocean's blue
And I will tell you just why I love you

Because God made the stars to shine
Because God made the ivy twine
Because God made the oceans blue
Because God made you, that's why I love you