If You're Ever Going to Love Me

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unison or solo with letter chords - poem anonymous - music by Mary Alice Amidon

On the Amidons CD "Hymns & Ballads" , Mary Alice solo, Peter guitar and vocal harmony. Mary Alice found this poem in the collection "The Best Loved Poems of the American People".  She has an uncanny gift for finding the perfect tune for a poem. Here is her technique: she looks at a poem; a tune comes into her head.

LYRICS

If You’re Ever Going to Love Me
anonymous

If you’re ever going to love me
Love me now, while I can know
All the sweet and tender feelings
Which from real affection flow
Love me now, while I am living;
Do not wait till I am gone
And then chisel it in marble-
Warm love words on ice-cold stone.

If you’ve dear sweet thoughts about me
Why not whisper them to me?
Don’t you know ‘twould make me happy
And as glad as glad could be?
If you wait till I am sleeping
Ne’er to waken here again,
There’ll be walls of earth between us
And I couldn’t hear you then.

If you knew someone was thirsting
For a drop of water sweet
Would you be so slow to bring it?
Would you step with laggard feet?
There are tender hearts all round us
Who are thirsting for our love;
Why withhold from them what
Nature makes them crave all else above.

I won’t need your kind caresses
when the grass grows o’er my face;
I won’t crave your love or kisses
In my last low resting place
So then if you love me any
If it’s but a little bit,
Let me know it now while living
I can own and treasure it.

If you’re ever going to love me
Love me now, while I can know
All the sweet and tender feelings
Which from real affection flow
Love me now, while I am living;
Do not wait till I am gone
And then chisel it in marble-
Warm love words on ice-cold stone.

Tags: Unison/Guitar chords, secular