The rite music: “Suddenly I See”

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Ginny at 18.

At Ginny’s second rite of passage, there was a song I knew I had to include because it spoke to me and into me the words I would have wanted to hear at age 18. As I listened carefully to the lyrics, I realized that it was actually describing my daughter and who she is right then- not a hope or a wish, but a present reality. It made me deeply smile. ¬†Finding the right words to explain the soul or character of another person can be indelibly satisfying. What do you “see” in your child?

“Suddenly I See”

by KT Tunstall

Her face is a map of the world
Is a map of the world
You can see she’s a beautiful girl
She’s a beautiful girl. And everything around her is a silver pool of light
The people who surround her feel the benefit of it
It makes you calm
She holds you captivated in her palmSuddenly I see (suddenly I see)
This is what I wanna be
Suddenly I see (suddenly I see)
Why the hell it means so much to me?I feel like walking the world
Like walking the world
You can hear she’s a beautiful girl
She’s a beautiful girlShe fills up every corner like she’s born in black and white
Makes you feel warmer when you’re trying to remember
What you heard
She likes to leave you hanging on her wordSuddenly I see . . .She got the power to be
The power to give
The power to see, yeah, yeah (suddenly I see)
(That’s me in the bottom right-hand corner back when I was wishing for a song . . .)
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Me (the girl with the large feathered hair, bottom right corner) in my teens. I guess the “feathered” theme started early!

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2 thoughts on “The rite music: “Suddenly I See”

  1. You know I recently sent my oldest, Jolie, the lyrics to Short Skirt/Long Jacket by Cake because I thought, “hmmm, this man (songwriter, John McCrea) just described her industrious qualities to a tee in his lyrical wishlist for what he considers the ultimate woman.”
    But I would have to say I “see” both of my girls as “Wonder[s]” – as penned by Natalie Merchant. More than just daughters, I see them as “wonder”-full gifts in my life.

    • So cool, T. Yep! I agree, Short Skirt is a great song. I really like it. And “Wonder” is a classic. It’s great to be able to enjoy and appreciate the wonders of our offspring, isn’t it? Hope you’re doing well. Miss ya, sis!

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