Original songs by Kathy Geary

When I'm Awake

March 22, 2020 - I wrote the lyrics in early March. the week before the pandemic was in effect. I was driving home from the radio station in Jeffersonville when they came to me, all at once, sorta. I pulled the car over and wrote them down. Then I was at Cabernet Frank's in Parksville listening to Dave Milner playing a solo gig, and I was sitting with Caswyn Moon and he told me about his new song. Then I read him my lyrics and we talked a bit. He gave me the line "When I'm Awake, I'm Really Asleep". Then I wrote the guitar music to fit the lyrics. The melody was next. Then It occurred to me to use the ancient child's prayer as the bridge. So here' s a rough draft. I got to sing it in a virtual open mic with my friends from Rafter's Tavern Open Mic, the folks from Callicoon and surrounds. And it's almost done, just a couple tweaks. So now I have three new songs, like a new life writing my own my music.

I know this place. I've been here before.
The curtains blowing in the open window, the smells from the kitchen.

But when I awoke, when I awoke, when I awoke
I found it was just a dream, just a dream, just a dream.

I know this man. I've seen him before.
The way he walks into the room, that face, those hands, those hands, that face.

But when I awoke, when I awoke, when I awoke
I found it was just a dream, just a dream, just a dream.

Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I awake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.

I know this song. I've heard it before.
The lilting melody, the climbing chords, the heart song that rings in my ears, in my ears.

But when I awoke, when I awoke, when I awoke
I found it was another lifetime.

When I'm awake, when I'm awake
I'm really asleep.