The Site is Holy

The Site is Holy

Donna Devine's picture

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Quick write just now. Inspired by a phrase ('the site is holy') I saw in a comment on an article in the New York Times. It had nothing to do with the lyrical story, but I suddenly thought I could use it in a love song involving an aging couple. (Probably over-romanticised.) I realise the nuance involving 'site' and 'sight' in the chorus will be lost, but... oh well. Wink

Genre: maybe rock ballad? Pop ballad?
Vocals: MALE

Thank you so much, Billy, for this beautiful rendition. Smile

Lyrics: 

The Site is Holy

V1
I notice you’ve unfriended
The mirror in the hall
I see you turn your head away
Trying not to see the grey
And wond’ring whether laugh lines
Were worth it after all

Chorus
Both of us falling
Into states of disrepair
But you’ve always been the altar
I chose to kneel before
…You’re my sacred place
To me, the site is holy
…When I look into your face
The sight is holy

V2
I notice you’re embarrassed
Grown shy when you disrobe
Yet you remain my heart’s delight
Still surprise me late at night
You don't stop being my woman
The one I want to hold

Chorus
Both of us falling
Into states of disrepair
But you’ve always been the altar
I chose to kneel before
…You’re my sacred place
To me, the site is holy
…When I look into your face
The sight is holy

Bridge
A well of comfort
A well of love
A font of courage when the world
Becomes too much

Chorus
Both of us falling
Into states of disrepair
But you’ve always been the altar
I chose to kneel before
…You’re my sacred place
To me, the site is holy
…When I look into your face
The sight is holy

© 2020 Donna Devine



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Comments

metalfoot's picture

Really clever play on words and a sentiment that I can appreciate!

mike skliar's picture

some really interesting turns of phrase here and yes, what a great idea for a song! I particularly love that 'unfriended the mirror in the hall' line!

cts's picture

Wow, Donna. That second verse is pretty powerful. I can't imagine how that might be for couples getting to an age where that is a reality, but it really was/is painful to read. Overall it's beautifully stated and a testament to real love enduring beyond passionate fire of the physical. Beautiful.

kahlo2013's picture

This is an absolutely brilliant collaboration! The words are so full of passionate insight and compassion. They are timeless. And the orchestral music also has a timeless classic feel that conveys emotion and understanding. I am truly blown away by the words and music. Kudos to you both!!!