Wait For Me

Everyone dreams of a love lasting and true
But you and I know what this world can do
So lets make our steps clear that the other may see
And I'll wait for you
If I should fall behind
Wait for me

There's a beautiful river in the valley ahead
There 'neath the oak's bough soon we'll be wed
Should we lose each other in the shadow of the evening trees
I'll wait for you
And should I fall behind
Wait for me

Jubilant Sykes used those last three words as the title of his 2001 CD. Unless you're a fan, you wouldn't necessarily spot the song as a Bruce Springsteen number. It's no fairy tale about girls and cars. It recognizes "what this world can do," and makes a simple request: slow down little and let me catch up, and I'll do the same.

Quite a different sentiment than the one Bruce put forth in the 1980 hit "Hungry Heart." The singer of that one left his wife and kids in Baltimore, went out for a ride and never returned. So Bruce, like most of us, contains multitudes. There's the guy who won't look back, who just keeps moving, feeding the appetite. And then there's the guy who knows a genuine and lasting emotion when he feels one... the guy who humbly asks you to just hang in there... the guy who whispers, "I want to get there with you."

The problem is, who's ahead of whom, and on which road?
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You can hear Jubilant's version of "If I Should Fall Behind" on Mystery Train this week, Wednesday at 6pm and Saturday at 10pm on WRUR 88.5 FM.