Chopin’s Prelude in E Minor


Thanks to you, I know that love comes true
That love, exists, it’s real  and I can feel it now
Love doesn’t only live in dreams. It’s here. It’s you
Out of a dark and cold starless sky beyond the blue
Believe that love just like a half forgotten song
That we both almost knew will return, to sing in me and you
Copyright Tessa Souter, 2011

Song by Tessa Souter


You say you don’t believe in spring
But spring is love and love is in everything
Within the bare branches of December trees
Live the red leaves of fall. You don’t have to believe at all

A skylark rises up from the ground
It is singing but you don’t hear the sound
But that does not mean the lark’s not there
Just ’cause you’re not aware. It doesn’t need you to care

Warmth comes from the sun, wind blows on everyone
And the rivers wind even though you’re not mine
In the dark you don’t see me at all
When it is raining you don’t hear me call
But above the clouds of gray and the dark the sky is always blue
That doesn’t depend on you
Copyright Tessa Souter, 2001

Pat Martino’s Willow. Lyrics Tessa Souter


What if I became a willow tree on the banks of you, a wild river
What would you do if I fell into the dark of you?
Would that be too deep? And if I touched the very heart of you
Would you let me keep the tender moment when a part of you loved me too
I’m yearning for a deeper blue please let me run away with you to the sea

And if I should let a tender leaf go floating over you, a pale green dancer
Would I just sink or would you hold me while you danced with me
Lead me to the brink of falling deeper in romance with me
Would you let me drink of you until you were entranced with me. Dance with me
I’m yearning for a deeper blue please let me run away with you to the sea
Copyright Tessa Souter, 2002

Tomaso Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor. Lyrics Tessa Souter


Touched by the light that love makes  I find you in the darkness
Knowing the soft of your skin, feeling your heartbeat within
I’m moved by the hold of your hand, the warmth of a woman and man together
Wrapped in the quiet of your embrace, touched by the softness of your face
Watching the deep of your sleep, hoping that you’re mine to keep
Holding the love that’s been born up to the light of the dawn
Copyright Tessa Souter, 2011

Ludwig Van Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, 2nd Movement. Lyrics Tessa Souter


Out of the darkness, shining above me, brighter than morning, you are the sun
Naked as music, gentle as rain is, you are the song that wakes up my heart
Prelude to the morning sun, you are the chorus bringing in the dawn again
Love is shining in the glorious morning singing in my heart
Copyright Tessa Souter, 2011

Borodin’s Plovetsian Dances. Lyrics Tessa Souter


Would you come if I asked you to dance with me
To put on your dancing shoes and share a romance with me
We will move in time to our beating hearts
To a song that once it starts I know will forever entrance me
Swept away on silver-lined clouds with you
We’ll bend the rain to purple, orange and lilac from blue
In your arms I will follow you to the end of time
And then I’ll dance with you again
So please say you’re ready to dance with me
To take a chance with me on our romance
Copyright Tessa Souter, 2011

Joaquin Rodrigo’s Conciert de Aranjuez

LISTEN (duo version with Freddie Byrant)

LISTEN  (full band version arr. by Joe Locke)

Come with me to a time that might have been
And all those moments that should have been
But never were to be
And words unspoken of what you were to me
And almost memories of nowhere scenes
Return, sing to me once more in a breeze
Come back, even if it’s only in a dream
And take a hand un-held in life of a girl
Of a girl with a dream of what might have been
Copyright Tessa Souter, 2000

Freddie Hubbard’s Little Sunflower. Lyrics Tessa Souter


Your beauty’s like the sun, it shines on everyone, little sunflower
A new life just begun, it glows in you, little one, little sunflower
Show the sun your smile, let its light guide us all
Let the love within you grow until you’re ten feet tall
You are a child of love sent from the stars above, little sunflower
A love beyond compare will show you how to care, little sunflower
Copyright Tessa Souter, 1999

Words and melody by Tessa Souter

LISTEN (ALBUM)   featuring Ansel Matthews 

WATCH (LIVE)  with Winston Clifford at Pizza on the Park

Flow into my heart, your love is a river
Endless as the sea, is my love for you
Love is forever
Mirrored in your eyes, I see my soul in you
Bless me with your body, hold me in your heart
Love is forever  Love is forever
Join me in my journey, I give to you my hand
Share with me your beauty for a thousand lives
Love is forever  Love is forever Love is forever
Copyright Tessa Souter, 2000

Wayne Shorter’s Ana Maria


You are a night time shadow
Cast by the light of moon glow
Stars shine the light of a million dark skies in your eyes
Then when the night is gone
You are the light of morning
Painting the dawn with red and yellow hues at sunrise
Pure as an April morning
Sure as the new day dawning
Wind whispering low what the trees know
When leaves blow, that love comes lightly
Copyright Tessa Souter, 2005

Words and melody by Tessa Souter


All I knew, or thought I knew about you
How I paid love’s due without you
A picture in black and white of you
Another thing, you didn’t mean
Within two worlds I fell between
A secret that you kept from all you knew of what I was to you
A child of love you once embraced
A tenderness I can’t erase
A Blueprint for a love that can’t be true
The song of you still sings in me
A sad and lonely melody of all you were
And never were to me
Copyright Tessa Souter, 2001

Gabriel Faure’s Pavane. Lyrics Tessa Souter


Reflected in the darkness of your eyes
I feel that I belong to you
Within the tender shelter of your arms
I’ll always love and long for you
Lost within the deepness of your kiss
A wordless song of love in blue
I’m drowning in an endless sea of bliss
Where you are me and I am you
Copyright Tessa Souter, 2011

Brahm’s Third Symphony, Movement 4. Lyrics Tessa Souter


Winter brings spring to me, nightingale sings to me
From the dark of the night comes the light of the fire
And the warmth of a new day to light up the dawn
Summer brings fall to you, hear my song call to you
In the blush of the morning the hush of the evening that’s fated
Has waited to bring me to you
It’s sunrise, the morning
A new love is dawning
Copyright Tessa Souter, 2011

Schubert’s Serenade. Lyrics by Tessa Souter


Beautiful dreamer your heart is a skylark serenading the dawn
Taking you higher than you ever dared to dream of flying before
Reaching to the moon and stars the clouds go tumbling by
Leaving the rain behind
As you fly toward the sun the song of your heart is strong
A poem of love just made your beautiful serenade
Copyright Tessa Souter, 2011

Gabriel Faure’s Elegy. Lyrics by Tessa Souter


In the midst of every storm when all around you is cold and gray
In the deepest dark of night believe in the promise of a brand new day
It may be out of sight but keep holding tight today will turn to yesterday
Out of the sorrow will come tomorrow’s new life, new love, a new day
Then again by the grace of light we’ll dance in the bright of a brand new day
Copyright Tessa Souter, 2011

John Coltrane’s Wise One. Lyrics by Tessa Souter

Here you are at last
You without a past, I hold you fast
There’s so much I want to tell you
To guide and love you as you go on your way
You are wise, you love without any ties or disguise
But as we grow we unlearn
All the things that we know when we are born
Even though you’re small
You remind us all to heed the call
There’s so much you’ve come to show me
To guide and love me as I go on my way
It’s a beautiful world of which we are a part
But at moments it’s dark
And eyes can be blind
But you know how to see with your heart
Copyright Tessa Souter, 2001

Lyrics by Tessa Souter

Love came stealing into my song
Dancing reeling, all at once
Just when I thought you had gone
There were were shining in the dawn
It’s a feeling, a touch of the sun
Warming, healing
Now the long night is done
Here you are, you are my morning song

It’s the break of day, the promise of dawn
It’s a new beginning, all the birds are singing
And the bells are ringing it’s the morning, the morning
It’s the glorious morning, glad to be here
Warm and tenderly bathed in your love my dear
Copyright Tessa Souter, 2011

Lyrics by Tessa Souter

Blue and green, you turn so serene
In a universe of stars and other worlds we’ve never seen
Around you spin; the stillness within
Ever pulling me to the green and blue
The world of you
Copyright Tessa Souter, 2008

Lyrics by Tessa Souter

I know with time, I know with time I will forget
I’ll forget how you taste, and I’ll forget your touch
The way it felt to be in your embrace
Your beating heart against my face. I will forget
I know with time, I know with time I won’t regret
I will feel no remorse at tasting your first kiss
The one that led to this, the closed fist of your heart
I will not miss, I won’t regret, I will forget
How it was at the start before hello and goodbye
I know with time, I won’t regret

I know with time, I know with time, I know – not yet
I’ll be glad to be free, to be free of your hands
And the smell of your skin and the hold of your arms
And of your love: the cage you kept me in
I know with time, I know with time I will not wait
For your touch on my hips or the brush of your lips
Or the soft of your hands, your welcome fingertips
Your sleeping back against my heart, my naked heart
Before you closed the door that was closed from the start
I know with time I will not wait

I know with time, I know with time I will forgive
And my life without you will be my life to live
And I will find a love that knows how to be true
And there will be a day without one thought of you
I know with time, I know with time I will forget
That the taste of your love was of hunger unmet
That the poem of your love was only in my head
And that love rhymed with glove and bed with dead
That the song of your love was a requiem instead
I know with time I will forget
Copyright Tessa Souter, 2008