Give Yourself To Love

by Penn Johnson & The Lost Tribe

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about

I was sitting on a rock at Ned's Point in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts one day back in the fall as I was visiting my folks. When I tried to write a sad song about all the wrong stuff that was happening, the only thing I could focus on was how to stay positive and upbeat in times of turbulence and destruction. All I could think about was giving myself to love and how when we give ourselves to love and surrender to the most high, the spirits of those who came before us, and the Great Spirit who oversees all beings, that's when we find ultimate peace, meditative conscious awakening, and relaxation––what yogis refer to as Somadhi. "You gotta give yourself to love...it's the only way."

lyrics

Capo 3 (Bb)
G (barre), F, C
G, Bm, F, C

don't care where ya came from, who you claim to be
if you're workin' in some field or in a factory
we both know the same heart
that grounds and guides bare feet
we both know the hardest part of lovin' is to leave

said you gotta give yourself to love
you gotta give yourself to love (it's the only way)
you gotta give yourself to love yeah
you gotta give yourself to love
oh oh oh

my momma told me son don't you ever play with guns
the last thing you want to do is hurt or kill someone
ancestors tell me please how can I rise above
all this fear and hate and greed and give myself to love

said i'm gonna give myself to love
you gotta give yourself to love yeah
you gotta give yourself to love yeah
you gotta give yourself to love
oh oh oh

well there's a rally down the street
to change up some of these laws
we got folks dyin' overseas, rainbow caskets,
and pipelines at our doors
brothers and sisters tell me please
why do we always want more
tell ya there's a demand for peace
now like never before

said you gotta give yourself to love
you gotta give yourself to love (it's the only way)
you gotta give yourself to love yeah
you gotta give yourself to love
oh oh oh

well I don't care where ya came from
or who you may claim to be
if you're workin' in some tall ass
building in the financial district
or bummin' your way around the country like me
we both know a struggle
though different it may seem
so baby you can chase what you're chasin
me I'm chasin' dreams

said I'm gonna give myself to love
you gotta give yourself to love (it's the only way mmm)
you gotta give yourself to love yeah
you gotta give yourself to love
you gotta give yourself to love
you gotta give yourself to love
yeah

credits

released January 28, 2017
Music & Lyrics – Penn Johnson
Electric Guitar & Bass – Chris Faris
Acoustic Guitar & Harmonica – Penn Johnson
Keys – Sean "Seamus" Gersy Sr.

Produced, Mixed, & Mastered by Chris Faris
at Kidney Stone Studios in Woburn, MA

album photo: Lauren Tierno (@laurentierno on Instagram)

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consciousness weaving spiritual folk rock duo telling stories and singing songs. find us around the campfire.

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