Eyes of a Child (Kayla’s Song)

I wrote both the lyrics and music of this song for my first grandchild, Kayla, born of my daughter, Linda, in 1991. I recorded it in a studio and presented it to Kayla on her third birthday. I held her in my arms and rocked her as I sang along with the tape. When the song was finished she scrambled out of my arms and said “No good!” Linda, and my son, André, gazed at me in horror and I burst out laughing. At the time, Kayla was into reggae music and Beyoncé and obviously not impressed with my ballad. Since then she has heard it several times, loves it and cries when I sing it for her. It will soon be recorded by my YMTGF and on this website before January 2015.

Kayla’s Song
(Lyrics by Joanna Gosse)

If I could give you all my dreams
I’d keep you safe from harm
To help you open every door
I’d give to you a golden key
If I could be there every night
To hold you close and be your light
I would, to keep you safe;

But you are so far away
And you need to find your way
To another place in time
Where we will laugh and sing
In a world we sometimes see
In a place that used to be
Shining there beyond belief
in the eyes of a child (Kayla’s eyes);

If you could find one God to love
Let it be the God in you
And let it speak to every child
For children need a place to grow
I’ll meet you in that world to be
and I will bring the child in me
And love, will keep us warm;

But you are so far away
And you need to find your way
To another place in time
Where we will laugh and sing
In a world we sometimes see
In a place that used to be
Shining there beyond belief
in the eyes of a child (Kayla’s eyes).

If you are sometimes all alone
Lost in a place you can’t call home
Remember I am always near
Never doubt that you are loved
You are always loved;

But you are so far away
And you need to find your way
To another place in time
Where we will laugh and sing
In a world we sometimes see
In a place that used to be
Shining there beyond belief
in the eyes of a child (Kayla’s eyes).

 

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