A Hymn, Son

by Joe Iadanza

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Written and Produced at home just before the winter solstice of 2020, on the eve of the December snowstorm. Featuring Craig Akin on bass and me playing the rest of the parts.

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Deck the halls with fiery embers
Wreck the wall so you can see
For the hears that won't remember
And the silence that you keep

All the places I have wandered
All the tears that you have cried
For the ones that we have lost in love
And the secrets that I hide

Now I've got this feeling
Like I've died, but can't go home
If this ain't time for Christmas
I don't know

Hear the songs of freedom calling
Hear the screams as poets die
From beyond the fear we sold each other
To the scars that blind my eyes

Lift your arms and let me hold you
Will you hold me 'til it's right?
Come let's walk beneath the desert star
Honey, meet me there tonight

Now I've got this feeling
Like I've died, but can't go home
If this ain't time, forgive us

Now I've got this feeling
Like I've died, but can't go home
If this ain't time for Christmas
I don't know

Father, break my heart wide open
Douse the sacrificial flame
Help me leave behind the soldier
A hymn, son; for your pain

Mary, shine your love upon me
From the cradle to the grave
Jesus, pull me down from off this cross
And wash these sins away

Now I've got this feeling
Like I've died, but can't go home
If this ain't time for Christmas
If it ain't time, forgive us
It ain't time... forgive us

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released December 20, 2020
Words and Music: Joe Iadanza
Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Percussion: Joe Iadanza
Acoustic Bass: Craig Akin
Produced and Mixed by Joe Iadanza

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Joe Iadanza New York, New York

Born of Italian immigrants and union activists, Joe Iadanza understands the passionate struggle of the American dream. Recalling Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, and Cat Stevens, this Long Island native’s music is rooted in classic folk: honest and raw. Iadanza has been heralded for his deeply personal songwriting, and fluid, percussive guitar playing. ... more

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