BESIDE ME ALWAYS Acoustic Songs

by Judy Unger

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I wrote a book also named “Beside Me Always” telling the story of how I embraced music once again.

I have been a commercial illustrator since 1981 and my illustrations can be seen on many well-known food labels. For thirty years, I focused on my art career and family. I gave up songwriting and playing guitar, which was something I had loved as a young girl.

My book begins with the story of Jason, my first-born child who died due to a severe congenital heart defect. I wanted to be buried with him and grief swallowed up my life for almost two decades.

When I opened my heart in 2010 to write the deeply painful experience of losing Jason, my journey toward healing began. Sharing the story of his brief life transformed me, and the grief I carried was lifted.

Finding joy after 18 years of sorrow was a gift I never imagined. Music was a magic carpet that lifted me over all of my stress. I was very close to both my parents and it was hard to watch them suffer. My songs eased my pain. I am especially grateful that both my parents witnessed my joy before they died.

I am a passionate songwriter; my songs comprise a musical of my life. Many of my songs are dedicated to Jason. I rediscovered the songs I composed in my youth and wrote new songs that helped me cope with current challenges.

My music is featured on Insight Timer, a popular meditation app, and my blogs myjourneysinsight.com and Illustrating My Life have reached people all over the world. I perform regularly where I live in Southern California.

I want to convey my optimism and belief that if I could heal, perhaps others could find hope with my story. If my words and music can bring any level of comfort to another person, then I have achieved more in my lifetime than I ever dreamed.

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released May 26, 2018

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Judy Unger Los Angeles, California

I have been an artist all of her life. Although I played classical guitar in college, I left music behind when I was 21. 30 years later, I began writing songs to help me cope with the challenges in my life. Many of my songs are dedicated to my son, Jason, who died in 1992. I love to inspire hope of healing with my music, because my songs have certainly healed me of any pain. ... more

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Track Name: Set You Free
SET YOU FREE

You’re hanging on as night turns to dawn
I know you can’t stay and soon you’ll be gone
we both know it’s hard to let go;
wherever you are my love won’t be far

your smile, your touch, your voice, your face;
your essence I will never replace
though I long for you to hold me; I need to set you free

There is no fear and your leaving is clear
we’ll still have our love it remains with each tear
I cry as you leave, though I truly believe
as you leave my sight we’ll both be all right

your smile, your touch, your voice, your face;
your essence I will never replace
though I long for you to hold me; I need to set you free

though you have flown to somewhere unknown
we’re never apart; you’re here in my heart
your smile, your touch, your voice, your face;
your essence I will never replace
though I long for you to hold me; I need to set you free
though I long for you to hold me; I need to set you free
Track Name: Every Season
EVERY SEASON

You always return on an April breeze
With fragrance of jasmine and crimson oak trees
The seasons, they just move go on
And my mind knows that you’re gone
With autumn’s cold you never grow old
With winter’s chill I miss you still
As the season changes my heart rearranges

When you left I always knew
Forever I’d long for you, but I’ve held on to your memory
And my sadness will always be
Every season you come back to me

You always return with a starry night sky
A warm, golden sunrise; a bright butterfly
I’m reminded you are free for all eternity
When fall would come, for years I was numb

My tears fell like rain, but spring thawed my pain
As the seasons go by, the memories don’t die

When you left, from life I withdrew
And a piece of my soul died, too
Life and death are a mystery
And my sadness will always be
Every season you come back to me
Track Name: My Shining Star
MY SHINING STAR

Shining star so bright
you wink to me every night
moonlight glows upon my bed
I hear your voice inside my head

Shining star so bright
surround me with your lovely light
I reach for you in my sleep
you comfort me while I weep

In my heart you will stay
I’ll hold onto our dream forever
the stars above, remind me of our love
each and every day, wherever you are
you’re my shining star

Shining star so bright
even though you’re not in sight
with my eyes closed, your breath I feel
you whisper in my ear to heal

In my heart you will stay
I’ll hold onto our dream forever
the stars above, remind me of our love
each and every day, wherever you are
you’re my shining star so bright
I’ll dream of you tonight

In my heart you will stay
I’ll hold onto our dream forever
the stars above, remind me of our love
each and every day, wherever you are
you’re my shining star
Track Name: Memory of Love
THE MEMORY OF LOVE

How can I tell you, I’m sad you’re leaving me?
I miss the way you used to be
I’ve lost you somewhere
I’m lonely and I cannot share

I can’t tell you, so instead I just pretend
it’s easier that way than to face the end
I’ve tried so hard to accept
as you fade away, I’ve slowly wept

I feel, I sense, there’s so much fear
I try to be brave, as you disappear from here

I cannot see you,
you’ve become transparent
I ache and wonder where you went
I know you can’t hear my cries
with deaf ears and vacant eyes

I pray, I wish, you were aware
but when I feel despair
the memory of love is there
Even though you’re not aware
the memory of love is always there
Track Name: Hang On
HANG ON

It feels so dark; the sky is gray
Nothing to live for, you cannot pray
You have no hope; is this the end?
Just take my hand; I’ll be your friend
I’ve been there, too, I must explain
Because I’ve suffered I feel your pain
You don’t know how you will survive
You even wonder why you’re alive

Hang on love is never gone
Though it feels like night, let love shine a light
One day, your pain will go away
Love will lift you up; love will always stay

Your eyes show your heart is broken
There’s so much pain it’s unspoken
But without hope, it’s crushed your soul
There was no reason and no control
Just hang on; strength can be drawn
Though you are numb, do not succumb
One day, your pain will go away
Love will lift you up; ‘cause love will always stay

I wish there was an end to pain
Then just love would remain
Hang on for a day will dawn
Different than before, but you’ll smile once more
On that day, your pain has gone away
Love lifted you up; you’ll be okay
Hang on . . . Hang on . . . Hang on . . .
Track Name: Angel in the Sky
ANGEL IN THE SKY

My love for you grows over time
with every song and every rhyme
I dream about your sweet embrace
your sparkling eyes; your beautiful face

You are my angel in the sky, like a butterfly
you flew away and couldn’t stay
we had to say goodbye
I still cry, you must know I miss you so
my angel in the sky
you’re my angel in the sky

Your precious smile glows in my mind
you uplift; you are my gift
And when I die; you’ll hold my hand
my lovely light, just not in sight

You are my angel in the sky, like a butterfly
you flew away and couldn’t stay
we had to say goodbye
I still cry, so you must know I miss you so
my angel

Gone for years and I still cry
don't you know, my love just didn’t die

You are my angel in the sky, like a butterfly
you flew away and couldn’t stay
we had to say goodbye
I still cry, so you must know
I miss you so
my angel

Gone for years and I still cry
my angel in the sky
Track Name: The Key
The Key

After you left I was locked away
In a prison of grief; I cried every day
I couldn’t escape and years went by
I accepted my prison and stopped asking why

When I saw the key, I couldn’t believe
The prison doors opened; I could leave
I lost what I loved; grief swallowed me
Until the day I found the key

I let myself out; life wasn’t the same
I slowly adjusted, but whispered your name
I tried to forget all I went through
But I never let go of my love for you

When I saw the key, I couldn’t believe
The prison doors opened; and I could leave
I never dreamed that I’d be free
But then one day, I found the key

When I saw the key, I couldn’t believe
The prison doors opened; I could leave
What I loved most was taken from me
But you came back to give me the key
Track Name: Beside Me Always
BESIDE ME ALWAYS

I’ll search the shrouded darkness
wanting you, and nothing less
Seems my whole life I’ve waited
for darkness that was fated
I’ll live within my broken heart
littered with your unfinished start
All the memories leave me haunted
you’re all I’ve ever wanted

When my tears are flowing
and I'm not sure where I’m going
I feel your love then you’re beside me always
In the breeze that’s blowing
you surround me
in a breeze that’s blowing

I know that I will still exist
longing for the soul I’ve kissed
I dream of you in a distant sky
the breeze it comforts while I cry

When my tears are flowing
and I'm not sure where I’m going
I feel your love
then you’re beside me always
In the breeze that’s blowing
you surround me
in a breeze that’s blowing

I hear you tell me,
When your tears are flowing
and you’re not sure where you’re going
just feel my love, I’m beside you always
in the breeze that’s blowing,
I’ll surround you in a breeze that’s blowing
I’ll surround you in a breeze
I’m always beside you

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