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Barb Ryman: Music/Listen

Arms Across The Sea

(© Barb Ryman)

 

When mama started to slip away where she lay

I was miles across the ocean

My sister called, said come right away, come today

She can’t hold on much longer

 

I prayed to God that I make it home, please help me home

From way across the ocean

I have to be with her one more time, one last time

Before she passes over

 

If I could stretch my arms across the sea

I’d hold her close with all the love in me

Until she took her final breath to leave

 

My sister said she’d put on the songs I wrote for mom

Let her hear my voice so soothing

And when I get there we’d say goodbyes and have our cries

Let her soul fly like an eagle

 

If I could stretch my arms across the sea

I’d hold her close with all the love in me

Until she took her final breath to leave

 

Now I wait in a gentle rain for that lonely plane

To fly across the ocean

My sister calls and through her tears, her many tears

Tells me mom has just passed over

 

If I could stretch my arms across the sea

I’d have held my mother oh so tenderly

And been there when her last breath set her free

 

My sister said she was holding mom in her arms

My music playing softly

And mom was listening still and calm to her song

As she let go slow and easefully