Where the Heart Is

© 2008 Naomi Rivkis

One of Lookingglass Folk's most popular songs, and a favorite of mine, only in part because my grandma Tanya came from Odessa, too.


Lyrics [pdf]

Am Dm Am
My gr andmother  came from Od essa
Am Dm Am
  Walked across  Europe to get to the  sea
Am Dm Am
She s ailed the Atl antic in  winter
Am Dm F Am
To the pl ace where my gr andfather  said he would  be.


Am Dm Am
She p ushed through the cr owd at the dockside to r each him
Am Dm Am
He sw ung her up  high and he kissed her sweet sm ile
Am Dm Am
He s aid as they  walked through the loud foreign  city,
Am Dm F Am
"This  may become  home, but it  could take a wh ile."
Dm Am Dm Am
But she  just shook her h ead at the str ain in his  eyes,
Am Dm Am
Said, "I  followed my  heart, and the heart never  lies.
Dm Am Dm Am
I will  never forg et how I  loved my own  land
Am Dm Am
But we'll  make a true  home in the place where we  stand
Am Dm F Am
Because  home is wher ever you  reach for my  hand."
Am Dm Am
I was  born to the  lights of Manh attan,
Dm Am
Knew the pulse of the  subway too deeply to  speak
Dm Am
Your spirit was  bound to the  mountains
Dm F Am
And I loved you bef ore I had  known you a  week.



Am Dm Am
drove all al one through the  high plains and prairies
Dm Am
To the warmth and the  wit that had struck my heart  through;
Dm Am
You smiled as you  showed me your forests and  flowers
Dm F Am
But your eyes held the  question my  grandfather  knew.
Dm Am Dm Am
But I  said, "I will  learn to love  wide western  skies
Am Dm Am
For I  followed my  heart and the heart never  lies.
Dm Am Dm Am
I will  never forg et how I  love my own  land
Dm Am
But I'll make a true  home in the place where I  stand
Am Dm F Am
Because  home is wher ever you  reach for my  hand."
Am Dm Am
The  water kept  rising unn oticed,
Dm Am
A little bit higher and  wilder each  year
Dm Am
Came a time when we  couldn't de ny it:
Dm F Am
That our home in the  hills would too  soon disapp ear


Am Dm Am
We  saved all our  money and  spoke to the children,
Dm Am
Signed up with these  colonists heading for  space,
Dm Am
Now we hold the kids  high: a last look out the  window,
Dm F Am
You watch the Earth  fade through the  tears on your  face
Dm Am Dm Am
And I  can't speak ill usions, the  pain to disg uise
Am Dm Am
But we've br ought our hearts  here and the heart never  lies.
Dm Am Dm Am
We will  never for get how we  love our own  land
Am Dm Am
But our  family's tog ether through starlight or  sand
Am Dm F Am
And  home is wher ever we  reach for your  hand.