Love and Peace and Happiness

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about

In the 90’s, I lived in Maui and shared a recording studio space with some dear friends. They had organized a recording session for a client and I was hired to play electric guitar with friends on drums and bass, and a keyboard player friend of theirs visiting from California. I lived right around the corner, and cutting it close, I arrived just in time to get into place, tune up, and begin. Throughout the session, the keyboard player and I continued to play the same accents, fills, and just overall deeply connect on an intuitive level – we were really having fun. After the session, we met and I learned his name - John Rosenberg, and he was from Mill Valley, CA. We agreed that while he was in town, we should get together, play, possibly even write some music, and so we set a time to meet at my house late that afternoon.

I went home and had a quarrel with my partner, so I decided to get some space and go to the gym and then go surfing. I kept repeating a phrase in my head that she said during our fight: “you don’t even know the meaning of the word.” Then I began singing it to myself over and over.

Meanwhile back at home, John arrived and we set up his equipment. He asked if there was any new song idea that I was currently working on. I told him that, in fact, there was a very current idea and I sang him “you don’t even know the meaning of the word.” He asked me to repeat it as he looked at me wide-eyed and excitedly dived into his briefcase flipping through some music. He opened the pages of one of his notebooks and played the exact melody that I was just singing. He then turned the notebook to show me a short musical sketch that he had composed exactly one year ago on that same day while in Maui – it was titled: The Meaning of the Word.

We worked on the piece and finished the music, so we decided to record a rough version of the melody and chords. I hadn’t completed the lyric, so we only sang a few lyrics and scatted the rest. I loved the song and continued to work hard on completing the lyric but it was never right. On several occasions, I even enlisted the aid of several skilled songwriter friends, but it remained unfinished for 10 years. Fast-forward to 2005 when I was invited to perform a concert for the Dalai Lama. In my preparation, I was feeling inspired to write something new. I thought about it and looked through my files and decided to reopen The Meaning of the Word. Within 30 minutes, I had completed the new lyric which used completely new ideas and approach. It remains one of my most requested songs.

LOVE AND PEACE AND HAPPINESS
(Music by John Rosenberg & Tim Weed; Lyrics by Tim Weed)

lyrics

LYRICS:

I am the terrorist, I am the enemy
till I can stop the war inside of me
I’m not so different from you can’t you see
we all want, we all want the same thing
to all be free from suffering
to all be free from pain
love and peace and happiness will reign

hold me
yes and I will hold you too
love me
but first you must love you

I’m going to lay my burden down
it’s time to lay your burden down
trust, your heart will show the way
we can walk into a brighter day

may we all be free from suffering
may we all be free from pain
love and peace and happiness will reign

oh and love will reign
yes and peace will reign
love and peace and happiness will rain down
and the rain will fall
and the peace will reign
oh love and peace and happiness will reign
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credits

from Soul House, released October 15, 2013
Tim: Lead and Harmony vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion
Debbie Daly: Harmony Vocals
Mark Guerrero: Harmony Vocals
Rob Paulus: Bass
Mark Robertson-Tessi: Mandolin, Harmony Vocals
Jeff Rodenkirch: Percussion
Porangui: Congas, Bongos, Shakers, Rattles
Steve Brock: Tabla

Dedicated to: His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

© 2013 Sound Orchard (BMI); John Matthew Rosenberg (BMI)

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