Topic: Amara (How Can I Go On)

I wrote this a while back, but have been tinkering with it over the past year in a half...figuring about what chords I wanted, how I wanted it to go...that sort of thing, so sharing now. I'll get it recorded sometime soon.

Amara (How Can I Go on) By Jeff Gilpin


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Lyrics written sometime after 2010 and polished a bit in 2019 & 2020


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Intro strumming C


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Verse 1


[C]Let me tell you so


Of a girl I used to know


She [F]had this kind of air of majes[C]ty,


And the [F]boys across the land


Oh [C]boy how they did [Am]stand


And [D]ogle her from [D7]sea to shining [G]sea. [G7]


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Verse 2


Now her name was Amara


And for me well as far ah


As there was no fairer damsel that I knew,


And I would try and woo her


Trying to be her only suitor,


Bur try as I might I couldn’t do.


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Chorus

I ask, “[F]Amara can you love me


And put no one else above me?”


[C]Amara asked of me, could I be true.


“Oh [F]true, yes, I will be.


Now Amara can you see


It in your [G]heart to also love me [F]too? ….Amara can [C]you?”


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Verse 3


But Amara and her beauty


Was observed by one on duty,


It was officer McNalty on his beat,



And McNalty for a time


Failed to witness any crime


While Amara’s beauty gave his eyes a treat.


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Verse 4


Now McNalty came up to her


And he said he thought he knew her.


She said, “Officer I think you are mistaken,


Because I’ll tell you true


If ever I’d met you


I would surely remember one so handsome.”


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Chorus 2

And he said, “[F]Amara can you love me


And put no one else above me.”


Asked [C]Amara, “Can you be true?”


“Oh [F]true, yes, I will be.


Now Amara can you see


It in your [G]heart to also love me [F]too.” [C]


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Solo on verse chords


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Ending Chorus

And [F]so my poor heart


Was then and there by torn apart.


[C]Amara how can I go on without?


[F]Now that she’s wedded to


That other officer in blue


As I’m [G]left alone, no one to hear my [F]shouts.


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[G]Amara how can I go on with[F]out you?


[G]Amara how can I go on? [F] Amara? [C]



 

J  E  T  S
...and yet a Redskins fan ...long story...HTTR

Re: Amara (How Can I Go On)

Uploaded now - https://soundcloud.com/jets60/amara-how-can-i-go-on     

J  E  T  S
...and yet a Redskins fan ...long story...HTTR

Re: Amara (How Can I Go On)

Good one Jeff

Tragic love episode !

Jim     

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Re: Amara (How Can I Go On)

Thanks Jim!     

J  E  T  S
...and yet a Redskins fan ...long story...HTTR

Re: Amara (How Can I Go On)

I really like the tongue in cheek way you written and sing this song, but I particularly enjoyed verse 3. So witty.     

Thick as two short planks

Re: Amara (How Can I Go On)

Thanks - as I said, I've been working on this for a while. I finally got tired of tweaking and put a fork in it. I only recently added the chords to the song, chordpro style, but I played it similarly for years. I didn't intend to have the key so high which was pushing my upper limit when I recorded it. By the time I was done I had to take a long vocal break.     

J  E  T  S
...and yet a Redskins fan ...long story...HTTR