Here Is Your Paradise



I never knew love could be a silence in the heart,
A moment when the time is still,
And all I've been looking for is right here in my arms,
Just waiting for the chance to begin;

I never knew love could be the sunlight in your eyes,
On a day that you may not have seen,
And all I've been searching for, well words could never say,
When a touch is more than anything;

Maybe you will never know how much I love you,
But of this, be sure;
Here is your paradise, here is your book of life,
Where you and I will be forevermore,
Here is your paradise, here is your book of life,
Where you and I will be forevermore;

And in the dark night, you'll follow the bright light,
And go where the love must go,
And you will wake in the morning to a brand new day,
Take all your worries away;

Maybe you will never know how much I love you,
But of this, be sure,
Here is your paradise, here is your book of life,
Where you and I will be forevermore,
Here is your paradise, here is your book of life,
Where you and I will be forevermore;
"Now, I co-wrote this one with Steve Duberry in the summer, and it was clearly going to be a ballad, a love song, again and Pete and I decided to record it in the same way; with full orchestra. This is a very pretty tune. What is it about?... It's just a love song, and the first verse is 'I never knew love could be a silence in the heart, a moment when the time is still, and all I've been looking for is right here in my arms - just waiting for the chance to begin...' So you can tell it is about a guy, or a woman, acknowledging that the person hey are with is totally the right person for them - and always has been. But the line I do specifically allude to with reference to Diane is 'I never knew love could be the sunlight in your eyes on a day that you may not have seen. And all that I've been searching for, well, words could never say - my touch is more than anything.' Well, that's really about the accident. That's as close as I get, but when I played it to Diane she knew immediately and... responded. It's a very charged and emotional song, but I think it's very beautiful and people who have heard it just think it's absolutely gorgeous - a but like Elton John's Your Song. Another line is 'Maybe you will never know how much I love you, but of this be sure; here is your paradise, here is your book of life - where you and I will be for ever more.' This is a song for those people who may not be as fond of the rock stuff like Blonde Hair Blue Jeans. I think it's a move forward. I don't think it's a traditional Chris de Burgh ballad at all. For a start, it's co-written, and to be perfectly honest, the way I was inspired by working with Steve and Albert was, by being in the room and with suggesting things, my brain was just working over-time - and I came out with these things. I'm sure that Steve would accept that this song was 98% from me, but the song wouldn't have happened if he hadn't have been stimulating me. I wrote all of the lyrics, as well, for this track. The way that the collaboration with Steve and Albert worked was in the sense of them inspiring me musically. It wasn't a collaboration in the sense of us all sweating and trying to get the right lyrics together; I wrote all of the lyrics. But the collaboration with Albert was an excitement at being together, because he's a lovely, lovely man and we worked very well together. But I would say that, because I was the artist who is going to be performing these songs - not co-writing with somebody else - I immediately jumped on things and said 'Oh, that suits me - I'll work on this.' So we'd work on the melody that would suit me."
The Getaway Gazette, April '94
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