You Are The Reason



A shadow in the moonlight, here she comes to me,
We sit and talk about it all,
And out in the distance, a dream is over,
All I've been working for;

This is not how I want you to see me,
I have done the best I can,
Now the only thing I believe in,
Is a woman and a man;

You are the reason I'll stay in the fight,
When I can't take it anymore,
You are the reason I wake in the night,
And say that I was only dreaming of it all;

And now in the dawn light, she talks with me again,
Remember all the things we've done,
Been through the bad times, and we've seen through the sad times,
We're stronger than before;

And you picked me up when I was falling,
And you gave me back my pride,
And you listen when I am calling,
And hear the man inside;

You are the reason I'll stay in the fight,
When I can't take it anymore,
You are the reason I wake in the night,
And say that I was only dreaming of it all,
You are the reason I'll stay in the fight.
"What I'll do is I'll scoot back here and talk about the two songs I recorded early in December, with orchestra. I'd actually written this particular song several years ago, I certainly had the piano melody - but I didn't have what the song was about. In fact, I finally worked it out. It's about a guy who's got serious problems in his life, like his business has just collapsed, and he's feeling pretty terrible about it. I kind of picture this somewhere near the coast, maybe in a place like Cornwall. This guy walks from his house at night and goes and sits on the beach, or on a cliff, over-looking the sea. He may be even contemplating suicide, but he's as down as a guy can be and he's realising that his dream is over and that everything he's worked for has collapsed. And he doesn't want his girlfriend, or his wife, to see him like this, so he's gone off on his own because he's feeling so desperate and miserable. She realises that he's in trouble, and follows him. She comes up to him, on the cliff edge, and puts her arm around him and holds him. The song is about his feelings towards her, and the lyrics go 'You are the reason I stay in the fight when I can't take it any more.' He says 'I've done the best I can. The only thing I believe in is a woman and a man.' It's really a love song, from him to her, saying 'Thank you for the inspiration' and 'I will stay in the fight for as long as you support me. You're always there for me and I will always fight with the knowledge that you are near me.' They talk about the old days, and how they developed - the bad times and the sad times - but their relationship is stronger than before, than it ever was. The song continue: 'You picked me up when I was falling, you gave me back my pride, and you listen when I am calling and hear the man inside. You are the reason I stay in the fight.' I have to say, I think it's absolutely beautiful, and it was one of those emotional songs that I really got into when I was performing it. It's a ballad."
The Getaway Gazette, April '94
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