The Builder

from by Robert Lindsay Nathan

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As a student of Architecture, building construction has been a part of my life since a young age. It was also a part of my father's life as he, like I, made a living as a Construction Manager.

Building things can be a metaphor for so much more.

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The Builder
(Shelter Me)
Copyright Robert Lindsay Nathan

C
If you’re wondering why I haven’t written
Em Em(addF#,G)
Or why I haven’t bothered to call,
F
It’s not that I’ve lost my feelings for you
Dm
Or the fact that we’ve ended it all


G
I’ve been building a fortress of stone
Am
Around the hope that’s left in my life
F
And every course that I’ve laid, is a year that I’ve paid
G
Wondering if my plans could be right

Am
And the roof will keep out the weather
Am G F
And the windows will keep out the wind
F Em Dm
And the dreams that I keep, on the daytime of sleep
G
Will help this old worn heart to mend

So if you’re wondering why I haven’t written
Or why I haven’t bothered to call
It’s not that I, sit alone and cry
Behind this psycho-traumatic wall

I’ve been building a fortress of stone
Around the hope that’s left in my life
And the warmth that’s inside, is what’s left of my pride
That your tongue carved away like a knife.

And the roof will keep out the weather
And the windows will keep out the wind
And the door to my past, I can never unlatch
Lest the beasts of the night crawl in

Shelter me from the weather
Shelter me from the wind
Shelter me from, all the things that I’ve done
Shelter me from what might have been

Shelter me from the weather
Shelter me from the wind
Shelter me from, all that I have become
Shelter me from all I have been

Oh shelter me……

credits

from The Long Road, released April 15, 2016
Robert Lindsay Nathan - Piano and Vocal
Brian Standefer - Cellos

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Robert Lindsay Nathan Canyon Lake, Texas

Robert Lindsay (Bama) Nathan was born in New Orleans on September 24, 1952. He was raised in Muscle Shoals Alabama and formally educated in Texas (Gig 'em Aggies). He has been writing songs since the early 1970's and has circled the globe playing them.

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