Lord of Love

by Darryl Smith

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Appreciation:

A deepening appreciation over 40 years for the love, expressed by Avatar Meher Baba has inspired the creation of these songs.

I also am grateful for my talented family:

my brother-in-law, Mark Saunders, for his versatile musicianship on electric and bass guitars, mandolin, percussion and vocal arrangements and for his adept recording, editing, and mixing skills;

his wife, Margo Hennebach, whose vocal ability shines throughout the album;

my son, Darwin, whose gift for melodic movement, evidenced here in several guitar and vocal contributions, as well as his editing skills significantly contribute to this CD;

my most devoted and enthusiastic supporter, Susan, my wife and best friend, who has patiently listened through multiple iterations of details related to this entire project;

and finally, for the fellowship and support of so many in the Baba Community, especially John and Carol Gunn and “cousin,” Cathy Riley, who deserve special recognition for sharing their love, interest, and musical recording expertise during the production of this album!

These words and this music were often sparked by inspiration experienced with friends and lovers of Meher Baba. I hope you, the listener, enjoy the pleasure this music has given me. May it help you to remember the One at the center of creation.

Avatar Meher Baba ki Jai!

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released December 3, 2015

Lord of Love

All music and lyrics by Darryl Smith (with the exception of Eruch’s Prayer).
All songs recorded at Duck Kee Studio No. 8, Mebane, NC; engineer: Jerry Kee and at Black Bear Studio, Bloomfield, Connecticut; engineer: Mark Saunders, with exceptions and additional recordings noted below.
Mixed at Black Bear Studio, Bloomfield, CT; engineer: Mark Saunders
Mastered at The Kitchen Mastering, Carrboro, NC; engineer: Brent Lambert

1. Lord of Love
Darryl Smith: vocals, acoustic guitar
Susan Smith: harmony vocals
Mark Saunders: harmony vocals, electric, acoustic and bass guitars, percussion
Margo Hennebach: harmony vocals

2. Sing My Heart
Darryl Smith: vocals, acoustic guitar
Susan Smith: harmony vocals
Darwin Smith: harmony vocals
Mark Saunders: harmony vocals, electric guitar, bass guitar, mandolin
Margo Hennebach: harmony vocals
Additional recording in Chapel Hill, NC; engineer: Darwin Smith

3. He Is the King
Darryl Smith: vocal, piano
Alan Toda-Ambaras: cello
Darwin Smith: harmony vocals, organ, percussion
Mark Saunders: acoustic and bass guitars, mandolin
Additional recording in Chapel Hill, NC; engineer: Darwin Smith

4. Day Has Now Begun
Darryl Smith: vocal, acoustic guitar
Susan Smith: chorus vocals
Darwin Smith: lead electric guitar
Mark Saunders: electric and bass guitars
Additional recording in Chapel Hill, NC; engineer: Darwin Smith

5. Come A Little Closer
Darryl Smith: vocal, acoustic guitar
Mark Saunders: harmony vocals, mandolin, electric and bass guitar

6. Sing a Song of Praise
Darryl Smith: vocals, piano
Darwin Smith: harmony and chorus vocals, percussion
Susan Smith: harmony and chorus vocals
Margo Hennebach: harmony and chorus vocals
Mark Saunders: chorus vocals, electric and bass guitars, Ebow
Chorus: Eddie Hauser, Karen Romesburg, Gabriella Tal, Laurece West and Terry McCarthy
Additional recordings in Chapel Hill, NC; engineers: Darwin Smith and Phil Ludwig

7. You Are All Mine
Darryl Smith: vocal, acoustic guitar
Margo Hennebach: harmony vocals
Mark Saunders: electric and bass guitars, mandolin, percussion
Darwin Smith, percussion

8. The Streets of Heaven
Darryl Smith: vocal, piano
Susan Smith: harmony vocal
Mark Saunders: electric and bass guitars

9. Surrender
Darryl Smith: vocal, acoustic guitar
Darwin Smith: harmony vocals, electric guitar
Margo Hennebach: harmony vocals
Mark Saunders: electric, acoustic and bass guitars, mandolin

10. Love Burns the Lover
Darryl Smith: vocal, piano
Alan Toda-Ambaras: cello
Recorded solely at Duck Kee Studio No. 8, Mebane, NC; engineer: Jerry Kee

11. No Words Can Say
Darryl Smith: vocal, acoustic guitar
Margo Hennebach: harmony vocals
Mark Saunders: electric and bass guitars, mandolin

12. Eruch’s Prayer
Darryl Smith: vocal, acoustic guitar
Recorded solely at Duck Kee Studio No. 8, Mebane, NC; engineer: Jerry Kee

13. Sole Companion
Darryl Smith: vocal, acoustic guitar
Susan Smith: harmony and chorus vocals
Alan Toda-Ambaras: cello
Mark Saunders: chorus vocals, electric and bass guitars, EBow
Margo Hennebach: chorus vocals
Darwin Smith: electric guitar
Additional recording in Chapel Hill, NC; engineer: Darwin Smith

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Track Name: Lord of Love
Lord of Love 11-11-06
Words and music by Darryl Smith


1. Can you hear His Divine call? Through creation for one and all?
The victory belongs to Him. Enter into His rhythm.

Chorus:
Meher Baba, Meher Baba, Lord of Love, Lord of Light
Meher Baba, Meher Baba, Lord of Love, Come to us tonight!

2. Can you feel that He is here? Do you know His love is real?
Can you sense His presence? Can you smell sweet fragrance?

3. Strip away worldly care. Long for Him everywhere.
There’s no place He is not. In His net we are caught.

4. In His eyes see the fire. In His heart consume desire.
In His Love - Feel free. In His arms are you and me.

5. Can you touch His damaan? Can you hold it on and on and on?
Can you sing countless praise endlessly, for days and days?
Track Name: Sing My Heart
7-24-08
Sing My Heart, Meher Baba!

Words and music by Darryl Smith

G C D G G C D G
1. From the start of the day till the end of the night Sing my heart, Meher Baba!
G C D G G C D G
From the deepest of dark till the brightest of light Sing my ↑heart, Meher Baba!

Em C D G
Hold to Him He’ll guide us through.
Em C D G
Keep Him in mind, whatever you do
Em C D G
He alone is ↑always true
Em C D G (2xs)
He is Beloved Meher Prabhu! (to chorus)

G C D G G C D G
2. Sing to His glory – the name of the Lord Sing my heart, Meher Baba
G C D G G C D G
Bow to His majesty→ His beauty be adored Sing my ↑heart, Meher Baba!
Em C D G
It’s His wish – that we surrender to Him
Em C D G
Do our best and then fully give in
Em C D G
To lose ourselves, is ↑really to win → It’s His
Em C D G
(It’s His) game to help us find God within!

Chorus: G C Am D C G
Sing my heart, Sing my heart
G D Em Am D G
Sing my heart, Me-her Baba!

G C D G G C D G
3. As Ram, then Krishna, and Siddhartha too Sing my heart, Meher Baba!
G C D G G C D G
In Zoroaster, Jesus, Muhammad it’s You! Sing my ↑heart, Meher Baba!

Em C D G
As beggar or warrior – we can’t understand
Em C D G
Your Form ever changes - as You command
Em C D G
With flute or with sword – ↑as You demand
Em C D G
Your presence is radiant – since life began.

Chorus: G C Am D C G
Sing my heart, Sing my heart
G D Em Am D G
Sing my heart, Me-her Baba!
G C Am D C
Oh won’t you Sing my heart, Sing my heart
G D Em Am D G
Sing my heart, Me-her Baba!
Track Name: He is the King
Circa 1978 He Is the King

Words and music by Darryl Smith
He is the king – and I belong to Him.

This world is His – His love is in everything.

What more can I do – but try to serve Him?

What more can I give – but all that I have?

What more can I learn – but He’s All in All, for one and all - Meher Baba.


He cares for me – that I may care for Him.

He gives me love – that I may love Him.

If I am hungry – I am fed.

If I am weary – He gives me rest.

If I am lonely – He’s my friend, the only one – Meher Baba.


What more need I – and yet, these tears I weep?

Each passing joy – alas, is bitter sweet.

Each day I pray to love Him more.

Each night, more earnest than before.

And though He waits so patiently, I’m never really free – for Meher Baba.


This song is His – Its notes belong to Him.

He gives the tune – and I must sing along.

And if I’m haunted by the sound

Of empty words spinning around

I know that this will go someday – when His love is really found –

Meher Baba.
(repeat last three lines)
Track Name: Day Has Now Begun
Day Has Now Begun
Words and music by Darryl Smith, 2007

Day has now begun, dark night bows to sun.
The stars cover their eyes and the moon slips from the sky.
Birds awaken me with feverish song. Still I wonder where I belong.
My body’s heavy, my mind is numb. Only You know what I’ll become.

Refrain:
All I do is hold on to You all along the way.
All I do is hold on to You remember and obey.

Did you design this very moment? Did you plan for this?
Did you know my whole life long would be trembling, trembling for Your kiss?
It won’t be long said the dust on the ground. Just believe said the leaves on the trees.
Just keep strong I heard the wind resound. His love will bring you to your knees.

In spite of what I’ve been, in spite of what I am.
This longing grows and grows; It never seems to end!
Sometimes this pain seems so much, longing for Your touch!
Each lesson learned must be part of the story and take its place as such.

Day has now begun, dark night bows to sun.
The stars cover their eyes and the moon slips from the sky.
Birds awaken me with feverish song. And now I know where I belong.
In Your arms my fair Meher, may my home be always there!
Track Name: Come a Little Closer
Come a Little Closer
Words and music by Darryl Smith, 2006

We’ll I’ve been wrong so many times but one time I know I was right:
When first I saw You and realized that truth could awaken my soul.
Your truth like water ran through these hard rocks of misery and
promised to carry me home.
And soon I knew this mountainous ego would crumble and give itself
to the sea.

Chorus:
Come a little closer-now. Stay a little longer-somehow
Let me hold on to You till I’m a little stronger
And when the storm subsides and the thunder rolls away
We’ll be together forever this is what I pray.

Many many years have gone by since that moment that I first heard
Your name.
Seems I’ve hardly begun to do what must be done still I know I’m
not the same.
Every moment I’m beholden to You for so much you do.
I’ll keep Your name on my lips, this world will never eclipse the
feeling I have for you!

I know You’re going but You’ll be back again, that’s just the way that
you are
Life’s such a treasure, a divine pleasure with you the Avatar
Meher Baba, my Beloved I hold you in my Heart
And never ever forget me your lover for I was Yours from the start

And then, and then, and then, when the storm’s gone away
We’ll be together forever this is what I pray
Track Name: Sing a Song of Praise
Sing a Song of Praise c 1979
Words and music by Darryl Smith

Dark clouds are hanging over. Some day, it’s going to rain.

Dark clouds are hanging over. Oh Lord, when will you come again?


Refrain: Sing a song of praise for the Beloved.
Keep His name ever on your lips.
Sing a song of praise for the Beloved.
His name alone can set you free!
His name alone can set you free!


If you ever should find yourself in trouble And your whole world is upside down

If you ever should find yourself in trouble His name alone can turn it around! (2x)


Refrain

Don’t worry about the days you may have missed Him. Don’t worry about the pain that you feel.

Don’t worry about the days you may have missed Him. This whole game is just His whim! (2x)


Refrain

Open up your heart Give Him your love. Open up your heart Give Him all you can.

Open up your heart Give Him your love. Give your love to the God Man! (2x)

Refrain

Give your love, Give your love, Give your love!

Refrain
Track Name: You Are All Mine
You Are All Mine
Words and music Darryl Smith
2006
The fragrance of Your smile
The laughter in Your eyes
The sound of Your word
So deep within my mind
Meher Baba, Lord of All, You are all mine.

The touch of Your embrace
This feeling here with You
The sound of Your name – Lord
So deep within my heart
Meher Baba, Lord of All, You are all mine.

Today I offer You
The things I say and do
Accept them if You will – Lord
Keep me close to You
Meher Baba, Lord of All, You are all mine.

Every soul is Yours
Your Ocean knows no shores
Open wide your doors - Lord
Bring us home again!
Meher Baba, Lord of All, You are all mine.
Meher Baba, Lord of All, You are all mine.
Track Name: The Streets of Heaven
The Streets of Heaven
c1977 - 8-31-13 (CD ver)
Words and music by Darryl Smith

The streets of heaven are paved with gold.
I don’t know but I’ve been told.

Your smile was sweet and tender. It made them all surrender.
I have heard these words before.

Your love set hearts on fire, consumed all desire,
many memories recall.

No mind can erase the thrill of your embrace.
I don’t know but, I was told.



Chorus: So won’t you please come back for me?
Won’t you please come back and take me with you?
Won’t you please, please come back and take me with you?
I don’t want to be left behind.

I spend my life these days echoing your praise. What more can I do?

Although I never met you,my heart cannot forget you.
Your love alone is true.

And when I heard your call, I gave you my all.
Guess I was, a little late.

The words you left behind satisfy my mind, but,
700 years is too long to wait!

Chorus – 2xs
Track Name: Surrender
Surrender c 2002
Words adapted from Meher Baba
Music by Darryl Smith

You know I will not say it any more.
You know I won’t repeat what’s said before.
You know I cannot tell you again.
You will surely know in the end.
You gotta surrender…surrender …surrender.

More than just to love is to obey.
More than to obey is to surrender.
This then is the song we shall pray.
Let us all lifelong remember.
You gotta surrender…surrender …surrender.

Time will heal the pain you feel today.
Love will wash your sense of self away when you surrender.

Ohhh….Ohhh We will surrender…

Break: Every thing you hear and say.
Every part you try to play.
Every little bit you feel.
Every thing you think is real.

Every time you want to cry.
Even when it’s not a lie.
Every deed you try to do.
Everything you think is you.
Surrender, oh oh, surrender, oh oh, surrender…surrender.

Loving makes us long to obey and one day oh, one day
Loving makes us long to obey and one day, one day we will surrender

Ohhh….Ohhh We will surrender…surrender.
Track Name: Love Burns the Lover
Love Burns the Lover c1995

Words and music Darryl Smith


1. You’ve heard it once before, I’ll say it once again,
When love comes to your door, You must let love in

There’s nothing you can do, There’s nowhere you can go,
When love comes ‘round for you, You will surely know.

Refrain:
Love burns the lover Love burns the lover, Nothing can remain.
You will discover Love steals the heart, But such a loss is gain.


2. Well I do not know why, But here is what they say,
Begins with a sigh, And takes your breath away.

It sweeps you off your feet, It turns you upside down,
You cannot retreat, Once you have been found.

Oh hear love’s call There can be no mistake, This is what it takes.
There’s no way out You need not try, You’ve no choice but to die.

Refrain:
Love burns the lover, No one’s left behind.
Love steals the heart, This is what you’ll find. (Instrumental)


3. And if this is your fate, You know what you must do,
You simply have to wait, And to your heart be true,

Forget all your thoughts, Give up all your deeds,
Unlearn what was taught, And feel what your heart needs.

This yearning you feel, May it never end,
It alone is real, And you are just pretend.

Give up all you know, Let go all you dare,
Risk that love may grow, Let this be your prayer.

Refrain:
Love burns the lover Love burns the lover, Nothing can remain.
You will discover Love steals the heart, But such a loss is gain.

Coda:
You’ve heard it once before, I’ll say it once again,
When love comes to your door, You must let love in.
Track Name: No Words Can Say
5-20-10
No Words Can Say
Words and music by Darryl Smith
G C
1. No words can say, though we have tried, such feelings sublime, so deep inside
G D
Are hidden there, / though cannot be denied to You.
G C
We’ve ↑heard that ↓love burns ↑deep this way, We’re often left, with ↓naught to say
G D
but only ↑hope to / continue to pray to please You.

Refrain
Em
↓This is all, we want to ↑ask
C
↓Will You be, our loving ↑Master?
G D
↓Guide us through, forever ↑after, always with You?
Em C G D
With You, With You, With You, Meher Baba
Em C G D
Meher, Meher Baba, Meher, Meher Baba


G C
2. Help us love You more and more → and hold Your daaman, / to be sure
G D
to hold You closer, is what we are living for.
G C
Closer closer! Our only plea, forever in Your Nazar please see us,
G D
Beloved, Let us always be near to You! → Refrain

G C
3. And when it’s all been said and done and our whole journey / is fully run
G D
Then will we know: → “You and I are one,” is really true.
G C
Till then we’ll offer You our hearts and promise / to do our parts
G D
To see You / as You really are → What more can we do? → Refrain
Track Name: Eruch's Prayer
Eruch's Prayer

Beloved Baba I remain beholden to you for everything that you have done for me in spite of what I am and how I am.

You have always overlooked my weaknesses and forgiven me my trespasses. You have never once chastised me; on the contrary, you have always showered your love upon me and your graces upon me.

I have no words to express my gratitude but to utter: O Baba, O Baba! O Baba, I am grateful to you for everything. I remain grateful to you ever and ever.

O Baba, I beseech you, implore you, and beg of You never, never ever let me down. Baba never ever let me down; never ever reject me, but accept me as I am and how I am.

O Baba, guard me and guide me and help me. Hold my hand and lead me on till the very end. Fill me with your love from top to bottom, from side to side, inside and outside, so that your love pervades and permeates me, engulfs and envelops me, and all that is - is your love and not I.

I remain resigned to your Will, and let Thy Will be done, always.

(Please contact Avatar Meher Baba Trust for copyright information if publishing this prayer.)
Track Name: Our Sole Companion
Our Sole Companion

Words and music by Darryl Smith, 2009

When this world makes us weary and passing pleasures pass us by
When the truth looks too scary and one more hill’s too high to climb
When gloom loom and runs deep in our veins
When clouds of doubt are all that remain,

Chorus:
Oh, You are our sole companion, our only true and constant friend.
You are our sole protector. On You we completely depend.
From beginningless beginning, till the endless end
Both mother and father: You are the Avatar!
Meher Baba, Meher Baba, Meher Baba

You know each heartache we are feeling.
You can count every teardrop we cry.
You listen to the thoughts we are thinking.
You can be touched by the slightest sigh.

And when we’re hopeless and helplessly Yours
We’ll surrender and You will throw open the doors!

You are our springtide, Beloved. Angels sing when You arrive.
You correct the course of creation, attune the heart strings of our lives.
So we must take our turn, take our chance
So we can join the fun: Love’s great romance!