Like a lot of good liberal Presbyterians I was woefully ignorant of the “old testament” of the bible.
I had somehow never heard this wonderful story of Jacob meeting and falling in love with Rachael at the well…
Suffice it to say that Jacob ended up having to wait 7 years to marry her while putting in long hours working for her father… But hey, Rachael was worth it!
After 7 long years of toil, the wedding ceremony drew nigh (I love saying “drew nigh”) At the last minute his sneaky old father in law pulls a switch and Jacob ends up marrying Leah, Rachael’s older sister.
So I like to say this song was “written” by Jacob after deciding that Rachael was worth another 7 years of working for his double dealing father-in-law.
However, let it be noted that when they do finally leave the old man, Jacob, Rachael and Leah pretty much take everything that isn’t nailed down…
Gotta LOVE that Ole Testament feistiness!
Song #66 | Fall 1982 | CD: Coming Soon!
All that I have
Has long since been yours
I am not known to mumble promises
And if I could
I would be with you right now
To help you understand how real this is…
Oh Rachael, I feel like I belong with you
Oh Rachael, I do
Oh Rachael, you know that I’m in love with you
Ande I want to take you home
And when I feel
Like a scarecow in a field
Torn and tattered by the wind and rain
I dream of someplace
We can go to where it’s warm
Where we can learn to heal each other’s pain
I’ve waited seven years
I may wait seven more
But someday we’ll walk out your father’s door
Into a promised land
That shines beneath the sun
Where we can live until our days are done
…And I’m going to take you home.
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