Letters from an Indian Summer

by Jon Schommer

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A collection of songs written while serving with the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, India. The songs tell stories of experiences dealing with suffering, joy, and communion.

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released December 5, 2012

Thanks to Matt Caponigro for being an all-star MVP to get this recorded. Also to Maria, Michael, and Annie for adding their talents.

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Track Name: I Love Therefore I Am
Some sail toward money, some sail toward pride
Some anchor on the boarders, some move with the tide
But any old storm can was you up on the sand
You say what is this foreign land, I love therefore I am

The heat hits you so heavy, you sweat all you drink
The smells they can choke you, sounds cloud all you think
But one thing will quench this thirsting I have
For I love therefore I am, I love therefore I am

It’s the glances we share from across the room
It’s the sound of joy or our impending doom
It’s the feeling we get when holding our hands
I love therefore I am, I love therefore I am

I can sell all I own and give all to the poor
I can have faith to move mountains, to cure sickness and sore
But lacking one thing it would all be a sham
For I love therefore I am, I love therefore I am

One day I’ll send you more than a postcard, give you more than my name
We’ll play music together, you can dance I will sing
That a person is worth more than they have
We’ll say we found our home again, I love therefore I am
We love therefore I am, you love therefore I am, I love therefore I am
Track Name: Alright Okay
It will be alright it will be okay
there’s no need to worry about yesterday
Just love in the moment through what we do and say
It will be alright it will be okay, It will be alright it will be okay

Momma’s gone and you were on your own
With pains for friends and rains for a home
I don’t understand most of the time
I’m searching for a sign, you’re searching for a sign that

It will be alright it will be okay
there’s no need to worry about yesterday
Just love in the moment through what we do and say
It will be alright it will be okay, It will be alright it will be okay

I know the tension in your mind
The pull of truth, the faith you find
Plant it in your heart like a seed in the soil
The sweetest fruit, it comes from toil, yes the sweetest fruit it comes from toil

Loneliness can be so long
So many ears don’t hear the song
Hopelessness in blackest night
The darkness will give way to light, the darkness will give way to light

It will be alright it will be okay
there’s no need to worry about yesterday
Just love in the moment through what we do and say
It will be alright it will be okay, It will be alright it will be okay

Try to feed you try to eat
Communion can be bitter sweet
The more we love the more I try
To quench your thirst as you quench mine, to quench your thirst as you quench mine

Sister’s here to hold you bright
And Brother works to make things right
My lonely, searching, darkened mind
I see clearly when I see your eyes, I see clearly when I see you eyes

It will be alright it will be okay
there’s no need to worry about yesterday
Just love in the moment through what we do and say
It will be alright it will be okay, It will be alright it will be okay
Track Name: Understand
I don’t know if it’s been 24 hours or 24 years since I've been here
But I know that you've tamed me even though we’re still wild
Just meet me in the morning for a song and a smile

And I will hold your hand
Try to let you know I understand
You stare into my eyes if you can
Try to let me know you understand

You say good morning and tell me that you are fine
Though you spent all night in pain and tomorrow you’ll be crying
But I don’t think that truer words have yet been said
For the joy found in your smile is what finishes us the best

And I will hold your hand
Try to let you know I understand
You stare into my eyes if you can
Try to let me know you understand, even if I can’t

We have different eyes, arms, stomachs, lungs, and shirts
But we’re learning the same language slowly until it hurts
For me it’s finding my patience when I’m stepping in your poo
For you it’s growing from the ground blossoming into a truer you

And I will hold your hand
Try to let you know I understand
You stare into my eyes if you can
Try to let me know you understand,
Even if I can’t, you still understand, even if you can’t, I will understand, even if we can’t, you still understand, even if we can’t, we will understand

Even though it feels like I smoke a pack a day,
I’d go through endless cigarettes if it meant that I could bi-locate
That is to stand in the same places that my heart seems to be
When I can see all of your faces then I know that I am free

And I will hold your hand
Try to let you know I understand
You stare into my eyes if you can
Try to let me know you understand

And I will hold your hand
Try to let you know I understand
You stare into my eyes if you can
Try to let me know you understand,
Even if I can’t, you still understand, even if you can’t, I will understand, even if we can’t, you still understand, even if we can’t, we will understand
Track Name: Roads
So many roads crossing in this space
Intersection of our lives
Perpendicular tails of them shooting stars
Like telephone lines that make you cry, like telephone lines that make you cry

Hold my hand, embrace my pain,
walk with me for a ways
Then let me go when bright darkness comes
For the road it calls and I obey, yes the road it calls and I obey

One day these roads will cross again
I’m so joyful thinking of
Those seeds we planted long ago
That grow to shelter all this love, that grow to shelter all this love.

So many roads crossing in this space
Intersection of our lives
Perpendicular tails of them shooting stars
Like telephone lines that make you cry, like telephone lines that make you cry