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What Is This Longing with Paul Lennon

This is a song I wrote this week, trying to capture that strange emotion you sometimes feel during times of great milestones in your life - good things happening, changes, moving on. Joy and melancholy all at the same time. Everyone feels it and for me this week, it was oddly unsettling…

I wrote the lyrics and recorded them with the melody in my head, and then asked the very talented Paul Lennon to compose an arrangement for it. I felt like it should be an Irish lament of sorts… Paul did a magnificent job. My sincere thanks to him!

Here are the lyrics:

What Is This Longing?
© 2015 Colleen Dillon - lyrics/melody, Paul Lennon - Music

What is this longing in my heart
Where did it come from, why did it start?
Its focus isn’t clear to me now
But I wish it would just go away
Yes I wish it would just go away

What is this yearning in my soul
Why does it try to take control?
I don’t know what it tries to say
But I wish it would just go away
Yes I wish it would just go away

Bridge:
These things, they call, they prod, they push
Why can’t they leave me alone?
They make me restless and want to search
For the things that are unknown
For the things that are unknown

Oh what is this longing in my heart
Where did it come from, why did it start?
I can’t find the answers now
But I wish it would just go away
Yes I wish it would just go away

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slkrell's avatar
slkrell said

I agree with Andrew , That works

MemphisMaiden's avatar
MemphisMaiden said

lovely……. beautiful lyrics, and yes, we all go through these some kind of weird emotions from time to time, not nice or nice :-)

Gene Eric Mann's avatar
Gene Eric Mann said

Came by for another cup of melancholia.

Gary Fox's avatar
Gary Fox said

I like the space between the notes and the vox. Great, open feeling, captures the mood of the lyrics perfectly!

Greg Connor's avatar
Greg Connor said

Kicking Ass again this morning!

Nick P's avatar
Nick P said

Very nice…. simple and sincere

Colleen Dillon's avatar
Colleen Dillon said

Thanks for all the great comments everyone. This was a really fun collaboration with Paul. Looking forward to many more collaborations. Learn something amazing each time.

Ron's avatar
Ron said

Another outstanding collaboration…Colleen your already great vocals are sounding better and better…this is your best recording yet in my opinion ..the mix between your voice and the music is perfect….cudos to Paul

Greg Connor's avatar
Greg Connor said

Bullseye!

An excellent example of the power of collaboration being greater than the sum of it’s parts.

I love the simplicity, and that emotional tug.

This one really caught my attention, well done guys!

Andrew Russe's avatar
Andrew Russe said

Well that works.

Lovely stuff guys.

Paul Lennon's avatar
Paul Lennon said

Dreamy little tune. Very warm vox.
I love it.

Many thanks.
I look forward to more from Dillon - Lennon

Gene Eric Mann's avatar
Gene Eric Mann said

What a fabulous collaboration, y'all! Interesting lyrics – they make one ponder – and very appropriate music, saturated in melancholy.

Guest said

Heartfelt and beautiful, the arrangement is lovely and the words resonate.

Johnny Stone's avatar
Johnny Stone said

Dig it really nice

Guest said

Fantastic Collen! Love it! Simplistic yet, perfect! Great track……

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