CLEAR Acoustic Songs

by Judy Unger

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My album “Clear” consists of songs that have helped me heal from grief.

“Clear” is a song that represents my courage and clarity to change my life. My song ends with the line “I turned my life around, there was no reason to wait.” Ironically, those words were written before I ever imagined I could change my life. It wasn’t that long ago when I lived an empty zombie-like existence. Before music saved me and clarity appeared, I didn’t believe anything in my life could ever change.

It wasn’t simple or easy to turn my life around. I needed courage and most importantly, I had to let go of fear. Fear contracted me and prevented me from moving forward.

My song was clear and powerful. Could I actually follow my own lyrics? I waited and wondered how I would find the courage I needed. Whenever I sang the ending, “Clear,” I cried because I kept waiting.

I believe the first step in a new direction is the most difficult. That’s because the destination is unknown. What is unknown could end up being beautiful – there’s just no way of knowing. But with fear, energy becomes contracted and the unknown appears scary. I suffered greatly trying to overcome my fear. My music and song lyrics were a magic carpet that lifted me through.

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released August 19, 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: With Me
WITH ME

I look at the clouds and see your face
You’re watching me; smiling from space
Not sure where I'm going or when I’ll get there
But you are with me; you’re everywhere
When I'm discouraged, sometimes I crawl
You hold me up so I won’t fall
Not sure of my life now or where I will go
But you are with me; that much I know

With me, when I was born
With me as I mourn
With me in every song
You’re with me to keep me strong
With me every day
With me in every way
With me and always near
You take away all of my fear

Though I can’t see you; you’re not in sight
Through the darkness you are my light
Not sure what will happen or how things will be
Yet I am certain, you are with me

With me, when I was born
With me as I mourn
With me in every song
You’re with me to keep me strong
With me every day
With me in every way
With me and always near
You take away my fear
With me when I cry
With me when I die
Watching my life unfold
You’re with me, as I grow old
You’re with me . . . as I grow old
Track Name: It's Not Forever
IT’S NOT FOREVER

You say your pain will always be there
and every day is a nightmare
I remember so well
Living with that kind of hell

It’s not forever
It feels like it’s never going to change
I once felt that way
Today I see
Hope carried me

After he left, your life was shattered
he was all that mattered
When life seems unreal
It’s hard to imagine you could heal

It’s not forever
It feels like it’s never going to change
Time could not sever my love
Today I see
Love carried me

A long time ago
I felt hopeless
but I know

It’s not forever
It feels like it’s never going to change
Time could not sever my love
Today I see
you carried me
Track Name: Clear
CLEAR

Not long ago I was a child, then a young girl,
And now I'm even older
A woman so wise, but I realize
My life went by quickly, I blinked my eyes
When I grew up, I became sad
Life beat me down; I felt broken
Though it may seem a little extreme
I turned my life around, to follow my dream

I carried on; I lived with heartache
I was so numb; I wasn’t awake
It all changed, when I let go of fear
Beautiful music I could hear
I opened my eyes, life became clear

As I grow old, I’ll keep my smile
All of my tears, gave me compassion
I was asleep; my pain was so deep
I turned my life around; with joy I now weep
I carried on, but inside I wept
I cried for losses I could not accept
It all changed, when I let go of fear
Beautiful music I could hear
I opened my eyes, life became clear

I celebrate; it wasn’t too late
I turned my life around
No reason to wait
I carried on; I lived with heartache
I was so numb; I wasn’t awake
It all changed, when I let go of fear
Beautiful music I could hear
I opened my eyes, life became clear

When my life ends, I won’t be afraid
I'm grateful for the gift I was given
I celebrate; it wasn’t too late
I turned my life around; got up off the ground
Happiness I found; there was no reason to wait
Track Name: Music Saved Me
MUSIC SAVED ME

When I was young, my senses brought pleasure
Life was a garden, memories I treasure
But I lost my passion as years wore on
Too busy to notice my senses were gone

I was so sad; pain left a hole
‘Til noise turned to music and rescued my soul
Music inspired, while noise was empty
When noise turned to music
It saved me

When I was young, I loved my eyesight
Colors and sounds filled me with delight
But over time color turned gray
And sound became noise all through my day

I was so sad; pain left a hole
‘Til noise turned to music and rescued my soul
Music inspired, while noise was empty
When noise turned to music
It saved me

When I was young, dreams I could touch
I tasted and savored; I loved life so much
I missed my senses when they slipped away
But the magic returned when music would play

I was so sad; pain left a hole
‘Til noise turned to music and rescued my soul
Music inspired, while noise was empty
When noise turned to music it saved me
When noise turned to music it saved me
Track Name: So Real
SO REAL

This morning when I woke up it slipped my mind
You are not here with me anymore
I smiled when I thought of your gentle, warm laughter
And dreamt of my next carefree moment with you

It all seemed so real; it all seemed so real
Until I remembered, I thought it was real
Here I could feel; here I could feel
Until I remembered, your absence was real

This morning when I woke up it slipped my mind
You are not here with me anymore
There were so many things I wanted to tell you
I thought it could wait; there was plenty of time, ‘cause

It all seemed so real; it all seemed so real
Until I remembered, I thought it was real
Here I could feel; here I could feel
Until I remembered, your absence was real

This morning when I woke up I felt you close by
I still heard your voice and my heart felt so full
Then I recalled all the things that had happened
The moment was gone dreaming you might be there

I opened my eyes; the anguish overwhelmed me
I closed them again and I pictured your soul soaring free

It all seemed so real; it all seemed so real
I know it’s because, I just wished it were real
All I could feel, all I could feel was my pain
Oh, how I wish you were real
Track Name: Another You
ANOTHER YOU

Here I am writing to you,
When I know you’ve heard these words before
now there’s so much more,
And it’s mostly left unsaid
Here I am singing to you,
When I know you’ve heard every song
But this one is lifelong; the music is forever

I know if I search my whole life through
I’ll never find another you
I could search and search my memories, too
I’ll never find, I’ll never find another you

Here I am dreaming of you
Wishing I could tell you so many things
But then the memory brings a smile
And I feel our love
Here I am shining to you
Singing these words from so long ago
I love you and you must know
You’re always in my heart

I know if I search my whole life through
I’ll never find another you
I could search and search my memories, too
I’ll never find, I’ll never find another you

It seems like yesterday our lives were so carefree
My feelings sweep me away
and bring you back to me
I know if I search my whole life through
I’ll never find another you
I could search and search my memories, too
I’ll never find, I’ll never find another you
I’ll never find another you, even if I search my whole life through
Track Name: Wonder Why
WONDER WHY

I’m thankful for life but I’ve lived with grief
Although I am hopeful, I long for belief
I wish there’s a way you could explain
Why life holds so much pain

I look at the mountains into the blue sky
I wish somehow I could fly
Away from sadness, torture and madness
As I cry, I wonder – why?

Life can be sweet, we hope and we dream
‘til tragedy leaves us to scream
Diseases and death, lives are destroyed
Prayer vanishes into that void

I look at the mountains into the blue sky
Searching for answers before I die
For those who suffer, the road is much tougher
As I cry, I wonder – why?

God, I want to believe in you
I just wish I knew

So much of life seems so unfair
People are broken and filled with despair

I look at the mountains into the blue sky
My doubt is something I cannot deny
If it was planned, I don’t understand
God I cry and wonder – why?
Track Name: In The Past
IN THE PAST

I look back, amazed at where I am today
There were times I almost gave up
Painful memories are in my past
I just didn’t know then
I’d live with joy again

I look ahead, my dreams are right in front of me
What threw me down gave me my strength
I’ve kept my smile through it all
I allowed myself to feel
and learned that I could heal

In the past are things I could regret
What I suffered through I can’t forget
Pain that made me cry
Gave me wings to fly

My journey is not about where I will go
Each day, I treasure my life
I’ve left behind the pain and chains
Every tragedy didn’t imprison me

In the past are things I could regret
I know how love once felt
I can’t forget
The strength to say goodbye
Gave me wings to fly

Once I felt hopeless and so alone
Now I’m soaring – I have flown

In the past are things I could regret
I know how love once felt
I can’t forget
Pain that made me cry
gave me wings to fly
Gave me wings to fly

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