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Yours
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: John Popper

You, with your hand outstretched
Finger on the key
This lock that you release
Is opening but isn't free
And I hope that you can see
How it beats inside of me
Instead of pushing fear aside
I want to run I want to hide
I am vulnerably yours

She, who is wanting me
Whose touch can make me cry
I can only understand
By never asking her why
Hear the contradictions fly
And as hard as I may try
Every truth becomes a lie
In the ache of her reply
I am passionately...

Yours
And the saddest eyes are
Yours
And the softest skin is
Yours
And the hope I borrow is
Yours
So won't you let me in I'm yours
All that I begin is yours
Every prize I win is yours
At your feet again I'm yours
All I am is yours

All I am is wanting you
I've fallen down and I can't seem to come to
If I should die before I wake
I commend my soul into this ache
Up above the world so high
Where the water tends to meet the sky
She's all I'm after by the toe
And I won't let go...
And I wanted you to know
That if you reap what you would sow
I would take it blow by blow
All I am is...

Yours
And the saddest eyes are
Yours
And the softest skin is
Yours
And the hope I borrow is
Yours
So won't you let me in I'm yours
All that I begin is yours
Every prize I win is yours
At your feet again I'm yours
All I am is yours
Yours

1997 Blues Traveler Publishing Corporation

First release: Straight On Till Morning
Released: 07/01/1997
Earliest time played: 07/02/1995
Last time played: 10/09/2013
Playing frequency:
  104 plays (see all shows)
  5.60% of shows in the database
  8.06% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  John: "I saw Immortal Beloved, the Beethoven story with Gary Oldman. I came home determined to write something passionate. And so that's what I did. It's about a young lady I know; I don't think I want to give her name."
  "She's also the inspiration of the first song ("Carolina Blues") which will tell you how things change..."
  When John performs or is asked to perform at a wedding, this is the most frequent request.

Other recordings of "Yours":
  SETS Exposed, 1997
  Straight On Till Morning studio cuts, 1997
  Yours, 1998
  Yours/Business as Usual, 1998
  Very Bad Things [Motion Picture Soundtrack], 1998
  HORDE Sampler '98, 1998


I commend my soul
Part of the dying words of Jesus Christ, from the Bible, book of Luke, chapter 23, verse 46: "Father, into Thy hands I commend my soul". This phrase was also used as a common beginning to a last will and testament: "I commend my soul to almighty God, the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, and my body I leave to be buried in..."
Up above the world so high
The third line from the nursery rhyme "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star". See Dropping Some NYC.
by the toe
This seems to be part of the second line of a common counting rhyme used to figure out who will be 'it' in a game. According to the "Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins", the original was:
"Eena meena, mina, mo
Catch a nigger by the toe
If he hollers, let him go
Eena meena, mina, mo.

...happily, the second line is much more frequently today 'Catch a tiger by the toe.'"
There is also the thought that the original usage in the second line was a reference to the Devil, whose feet were cloven hooves and would therefore not "holler" if caught by the toe.
if you reap what you would sow
The most common form of this saying, "As you sow, so will you reap", comes not from the Bible, but from Marcus Tullius Cicero in around 50 B.C. The Biblical version of it comes from Galatians, chapter 6, verse 7: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."