“Learning How to See”

“Learning How to See” … words and music by Judson Hair 2013

When he finally settled down back in his old hometown
With the weight of all the past inside his head
He woke up that first day with his spirit in decay
Over something he recalled that she had said

She said comin’ back home won’t be easy for you boy
Once you think you’ve left it all behind
Learnin’ how to see will be harder than it seems
Once you have discovered you’ve been blind

When he left her standin’ there he could see it all so clear
A year away would do ’em both some good
She couldn’t understand when he let go of her hand
And probably she never really would

If you go and leave, are you ever comin’ back?
Will I ever see you anymore?
He slowly walked away and she saw him disappear
Then she turned and very gently closed the door

Time is a healer or so somebody said
Time makes the heart grow fonder yet
Time spent running from the things that matter most of all
Is something you’re not likely to forget

Filled with deep remorse when the day had run its course
He traced his footsteps from a year before
He said a silent prayer as he lingered on the stair
Then reached to gently tap upon her door

He thought, comin’ back home ain’t been easy has it boy?
Once you thought you’d left it all behind
Learnin’ how to see can be harder than it seems
Once you have discovered you’ve been blind

Frozen into place as she stared into the face
Of the one who walked away a year ago
The gift that she’d been blessed she held tightly to her chest
Image of the man she still loved so

She said, welcome back home we’ve been waitin’ for you boy
We prayed you wouldn’t leave us both behind
Open up your eyes, it ain’t so hard to do
Now that you’ve admitted you’ve been blind

Time is a healer or so somebody said
Time makes the heart grow fonder yet.
Comin’ back home to all the things that matter most of all
Is something we’re not likely to regret

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About Judson

Late bloomer ... aspiring writer and musician.
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8 Responses to “Learning How to See”

  1. This is an excellent song. As you say, lyrics are your strong suit, but there are some beautifully subtle little things you’re doing with the chords and the melody here as well. I don’t know if you’ll take this as a compliment or not, but I kept thinking, “This is sooooo 60s/70s singer-songwriter!” You have a very Gordon Lightfoot, Don McLean vibe going on here. I love that stuff! If only it were charting today…

    • Judson says:

      Oh, I take that as a terrific compliment! Thank you so much for your input!! 🙂

      • I’ll throw in Dan Fogelberg too while I’m at it… 🙂 By the way, just out of curiosity, this is in G right? That was the key my hands found when I wandered off to play this on my keyboard. (Really, I wanted to feel those chords under me right after I heard them. Love the borrowed F major and the shifting from V to ii!)

  2. Judson says:

    The verse is G F C G and the chorus is D Am D Am D Am C G, while the bridge is C D G Em C D G … I’m flattered that you felt the urge to figure it out. Fogelberg is certainly another of my influences. I hated to see him leave us so early.

  3. Florian says:

    I discovered you through “The Rising Sun”, I love your music, lyrics are excellent, the voice is great, the guitar is perfect !
    From France

  4. nrhatch says:

    This is wonderful, Judson. Beautiful voice and story. And the promise of a bright future ahead of them . . . learning how to see.

  5. Judson says:

    Thank you Nancy … 🙂

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