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A Song About Reaching Someone Who Needs Help

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If you’re the sort of person who listens to every word written in a song, then the words to “Reach You” by Carolyn Dawn Johnson will move you.

The story, the mood, and the depth of a song matters just as much as the music. In fact, for some people, the words are what define the song, ultimately enabling it to stand the test of time.

Think of the classic song, Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The words are very simple, however it’s depth and simplicity make it easy to relate to and  understand … a good song makes the listener ‘Feel’ something.

Here’s a song that hasn’t been played very often on the radio, however if you know someone going through a difficult patch in their life and you can’t seem to help them, no matter how hard you try, then this song spells out those feelings in an emotional way.  It will make you cry – it’s one of my personal favorites.  The words are simple, but the way the message is expressed gets right to the heart of the matter; you want to help but they won’t let you in.

Some of the poignant words in this song are ….“you let me in and you shut me out…I want to help you but I don’t how….to reach you” – Whether it’s a family member, friend, or the sense of someone who has passed-on needing to reached, these words work.

Other phrases in the song that punch you in the gut….“You hang on to the ledge like it’s your best friend” ….”I’m trying to reach you because I don’t want to lose you”.

“Reach You”  – Songwriters: Brad Crisler, Carolyn Dawn Johnson

You pick up the phone
Tell me that you’re so alone
And you don’t feel like living today

I put the coffee on
It’s gonna be a long, long night
But maybe this will be the night
When the dam breaks

You let me in and you shut me out
I wanna help you but I don’t know how

To reach you, I wish I could reach you
I’m doing all that I can, I’m trying to understand
I’m outside of the fire, holding out my hand
Trying to reach you, oh

You hang on to the ledge
Like it’s your best friend
I’d like pull you in from
Out of the rain, out of the pain

But I can’t reach you, I wish I could reach you
I’m doing all that I can, I’m trying to understand
I’m outside of the fire, holding out my hand
Trying to reach you

It’s like you turned out the lights
And I’m walking in the dark
Just trying to get to where you
Oh where you are

I’m just trying to reach you
‘Cause I don’t wanna lose you
Oh, won’t you let me get close to you?
‘Cause there’s nothing I won’t do, no
Nothing I won’t do

To reach you, I wish I could reach you
I’m doing all that I can, I’m trying to understand
I’m outside of the fire, holding out my hand
Trying to reach you

I’m just trying to reach you
I’m trying to reach you, yeah, yeah
Trying to reach you

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