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The Light That Guides You Home

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Chantelle Rants A friend of mine once commented that she couldn't understand how Jim Cuddy consistently writes some of the most heart-breaking songs in spite of the fact that, by all accounts, he is happily married. My response to that was that she should try being married for awhile and see for herself if it cuts down on the heartbreak.

Jim Cuddy's latest album, The Light That Guides You Home was released this week and, as usual, has at least one song that guarantees to leave you mulling over every serious hurt in your life.

Just like the Blue Rodeo song “Bad Timing” I'm sure that when he sings “Pull Me Through” in concert you'll be able to watch the fans in the audience and see that every single one is singing along, relating very specific memories to the words. I know that it's already left me sobbing uncontrollably a couple of times. The song has the perfect combination of great lyrics, mellow piano and then if that isn't enough, a minimal blues trumpet solo muted with a harmon that tears right to the core of the song. Add to the mix that Jim Cuddy isn't just a great song writer, his voice seems made to sing these heart-wrenching songs. The lyrics much like those of “Falling Down Blue” and “New Year's Eve”, tell a story that at some time, things were good but those times are lost and the speaker knows that but just can't let go.

There’s papers scattered on the lawn,
birds up on the line.
There’s letters left unopened here,
that never is the time.
There’s messages I should return,
And people I should call.
I’m still tripping over echoes,
left lying in the hall.
There’s a light that comes through the darkness,
slowly to my eyes.
You can fall back here forever,
I just never realized.
Oh time won’t let me go,
and every night I know

That you could pull me through.
You could always pull me through.
Even when I’m lying here,
drowning in my blues.
You take the sting out of the rain,
and bring the sun back up again,
and you could always pull me through.

Oh we stood outside together,
and we laughed like ancient friends.
Then we laid down in a field,
just where the road begins and ends.
Well I see you in the mirror,
and I watch you from a far.
My friends all think I’m crazy,
but I know the way things are.
Outside I hear voices underneath the moon,
but I’m grateful for whatever,
breaks the silence of this room.
Oh time won’t let me go,
and every night I know

That you could pull me through.
You could always pull me through.
Even when I’m lying here,
drowning in my blues.
You take the sting out of the rain,
and bring the sun back up again,
darling you could always pull me through.
I hope you’re traveling well now,
and there’s stars over your head.
And I hope the river carries you,
everywhere you said.
Well I miss the way you look at me.
The way you wear your hair.
And I miss the conversations we left hanging in the air.
Oh late at night I wake up,
wonder what’s been done,
but I know our life together will go on, and on.

You could always pull me through.
Wrap your arms around me,
and chase away my blues.
You take the sting out of the rain,
and bring the sun back up again,
and you could always pull me through.
You could always pull me through

Granted, I'm one of THOSE Blue Rodeo/Jim Cuddy/Greg Keelor fans that seriously thinks that they're the greatest song writers on earth but given their popularity and longevity I don't think that I'm alone in this opinion (at least among Canadians). It comes down to the fact that Jim Cuddy is a fabulous story teller and is always able to tap into those deep emotions that make people feel like he knows exactly what they're feeling. Being a good musician doesn't hurt the mix either.

Maybe it's me. Check out www.jimcuddy.com where you can listen to the song.

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