‘Lost Song’ by Jack DesBois The Society April 9, 2022 Beauty, Music, Poetry, Song Lyrics 10 Comments . . Lost Song A compass that won’t point the way, And a map of the faraway skies… I once was a child of grace; No matter the country I trod My feet found the path in its place, And they followed the way of the Lord. Lord, I’m weary and sick in my bones From this desolate wasteland I roam. I followed a star, Now I’m lost in the dark; Please help me to find my way home. Lord, I know I can’t do it alone. I once was a child of light; My eyes felt the radiant caress Of the Lord, and they knew it was right, And they followed its blessing to bless. Lord, I’m weary and sick in my bones From this desolate wasteland I roam. I followed a star, Now I’m lost in the dark; Please help me to find my way home. Lord, I know I can’t do it alone. No… Now I grope through the truth and the lies With a compass that won’t point the way And a map of the threatening skies And a fast-fading memory of day. I once was a child of God, But I left to grow up into me. Now the me that I’m growing is odd, So I’m calling to You with this plea: Lord, I’m weary and sick in my bones From this desolate wasteland I roam. I followed a star, Now I’m lost in the dark; Please help me to find my way home. Lord, I know I can’t do it alone. . . Jack DesBois is a singer, actor, and storyteller. He gives annual Epiphany season performances of The Western Star, which he wrote in 2016. He self-published a chapbook of short poems in 2018. As a singer, Jack has had the good fortune to solo in several of the great works of Baroque Oratorio, including Handel’s Messiah (Bass) and Esther (Haman) and J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion (Jesus). Jack lives in Topsfield, Massachusetts. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. The Society of Classical Poets does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 10 Responses jd April 9, 2022 Lovely words and music to greet the day, Jack. Thank you and God bless! Reply Jack DesBois April 9, 2022 You’re welcome, JD – God bless you, too! Reply Paul Freeman April 9, 2022 Very enjoyable- the musical rendition reminded me of early Cat Stevens. Reply Jack DesBois April 9, 2022 Paul, Cat Stevens is a very heavy influence on my music, especially his early albums “Teaser and the Firecat” and “Tea for the Tillerman.” Your comparison is a great compliment! Reply Jeff Eardley April 10, 2022 Jack, I agree with Paul on the comparison with the great Cat Stevens. This is a great song with super vocals, and my favourite key of D. Very well done. Reply Jack DesBois April 10, 2022 D is my favorite key, too! Sometimes I like to put my capo on the 2nd fret, strings 1-5 — leaving the 6th string un-capoed — which adds some bass oomph to the D chord. A trick I learned from singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn, whose lyrics are another inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4QQ7HYYdWw Reply Margaret Coats April 10, 2022 “I left to grow up into me.” That inspired line speaks for all of us, Jack. Thanks for the words and music. Reply Jack DesBois April 11, 2022 You’re welcome, Margaret. So much confusion and suffering in this world is due to the misguided instinct to leave God’s nest and go it alone. On a personal and a societal level: Jesus lamented that instinct in Jerusalem (Matt 23:37), as well as teaching its dangers (and God’s ever-ready forgiveness) in the Prodigal Son parable. Reply Yael April 11, 2022 Great song Jack and I really enjoy your delivery. Your voice has a smooth and soothing quality, without being overly sentimental or operatic, and I could listen to you sing for hours. Good job, you are a fine modern day bard. Reply Jack DesBois April 11, 2022 Thanks Yael! That’s useful feedback for me moving forward. I recorded a few good takes when I was recording this song, and my mother helped me choose which one to share online. She chose this one because it was less sentimental than the others – more of a straightforward delivery without forcing the emotion – and it sounds like she chose right. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.