It Takes a Lifetime

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My niece, Jeannie Burlowski, wrote these lyrics for my parents' 65th wedding anniversary. To keep the song a surprise, I took the words over to my parents' church to work on their big ol' upright grand piano. I always say that that piano wrote this song.

lyrics

They say young loves are fragile dreams
Moonlight, sad songs, and roses
The first strains of a symphony
That only time composes
You’ve made me see that love is more
Than emotions built for two
So, in gratitude for all you’ve done,
I’ll write this love song just for you

Chorus:
IT TAKES A LIFETIME to say, “I love you”
It takes laughter, tears, and pain that say it to
The tests of time cannot suppress it
A thousand love songs can’t express it
IT TAKES A LIFETIME … to say, “I love you”

So love is more than fragile dreams
Moonlight, sad songs, and roses
It’s the first strains of a symphony
That only time composes
A house, a home, and memories
That only time can give
Oh “I love you” – it’s not a simple phrase
But it’s the way we’ve seen you live

CHORUS

credits

from The Blue Period, released June 12, 2004
Words by Jeannie Burlowski
Music: Irene Hartfield
Piano, vocals, keyboards: Irene Hartfield
Drums: Arnie Wise

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Irene Hartfield Northern, Minnesota

Irene spent many years in NYC as a pro musician, both in clubs and recording studios. Currently residing in Ely, Minnesota, Irene appears at The Loft.

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