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Legacy -Listen to a RealAudio G2 clip here
By Justin Rosolino and Jennifer Rosolino

About the song:

Human beings are finite and fallible creatures.  Don't get me wrong - I love human beings.  In fact, I am one.  But we are what we are, and what we are is broken and incomplete - whether we admit it or not.  I think that's why we've all got this deep and nagging desire to be set right, fulfilled and made whole.  And we'll look pretty much anywhere to find this ever-elusive fulfillment: in success, money, power, approval, sex, even in romance. Anyway, that's the sort of philosophical backdrop for the song.  Now onto the specifics...

I wrote this song with my sister, and it's based on her relationship with a man that she loved with all her heart and soul.  They'd been together for years, endured various hardships, shared virtually everything with one another.  But there was a point in their relationship when they came to a somber realization: their love was not going to be enough to satisfy their deepest longings.  Of course I'm speaking of the type of longings described in the paragraph above.   Despite the intensity of their commitment and emotions, the meaningful life that they were looking for was just not going to be found in one another.  I'm certainly not saying that romantic love is a bad thing - it's a wonderful thing.  But I do believe that it is a myth and a mistake to expect romance to perfectly mend your life - or mine for that matter.  It's not that they'd been holding back on each other; in fact, they'd given each other everything.  It's just that the everything wasn't enough - and that's kinda the point.

Guitar Notes:

This is one of my favorite tunings/positions to play in - open D with a capo on the third fret (making it open F).  I use the same tuning on Little Baby.

Lyrics:

And so it comes to this, my love, this honesty;
and I'm lying dead here in your arms, but miles away.
And I have given all that I am to earn my place.
Even my secret jewels, the ones that I had saved.

You said you never asked to see this hollow shell that's left of me,
but I leave to you my legacy.

And as I fed your hungered soul with all my river's flow,
I thought we could cage this breath of life that none can hold.
And I can see that fear in your movements that I might fade away.
I wonder sometimes, does fear scream louder as I stay?

You said you never meant to be the keeper of what's left of me,
but I leave to you my legacy.

You said you never asked to see this hollow shell that's left of me,
but I leave to you my legacy.

You said you never meant to be the keeper of what's left of me,
but I leave to you my legacy.

All that I am, and all that I've known, and all I can give, and all I've
shown,
and all my flesh, and all my bone, and everything...

 
 
   

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