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    Tuesday Evening Melody: “I Have Never Loved Someone” by My Brightest Diamond

    by Pádraig Ó Tuama, guest contributor

    As a kind, five-minute gift to yourself, listen to and watch the song by My Brightest Diamond. It has beautiful lyrics and is performed deliciously from a set recorded in Berlin this year.

    I have never loved someone the way I love you 
    I have never seen a smile like yours 
    And if you grow to be a king or clown or pauper 
    I will say you are my favorite one in town 

    I have never held a hand so soft and sacred 
    When I hear your laugh I know heaven’s key 
    And when I grow to be a poppy in the graveyard 
    I will send you all my love upon the breeze 

    And if the breeze won’t blow your way, I will be the sun 
    And if the sun won’t shine your way, I will be the rain 
    And if the rain won’t wash away all your aches and pains 
    I will find some other way to tell you you’re okay

    Padraig O TuamaPádraig Ó Tuama, a native of Cork, works in chaplaincy and peacework in Belfast, Northern Ireland. You can read more of his writing at In the Shelter and in his new book of poetry coming out in 2012.

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    Simply, tremendously lovely.