St. Clare

Every so often I hear a song which makes my heart beat faster and gives me butterflies in the pit of my stomach. The other day I found a CD by Suzanne Vega at the library and was listening to it in the car. The moment this song started playing I felt a fluttering of wings...

St. Clare
by Jack Hardy

call on that saint
and the candle that burns
keeping her safe
until her return

plaster and paint
holding the fire
a poor woman's saint
holding all man's desire

bold little bird
fly away home
could I but ride herd
on the wind and the foam

all of the souls
that curl by the fire
they never know
all man's desire

watercress clings
to the banks of the stream
in the first grip of spring
when the snow melts to green

barefoot and cold
and holding a lyre
by the side of the road
holding all man's desire

call on the saint
when the white candle burns
keeping her safe
until her return
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Why do these words move me? Why this song? I don't know... When I get butterflies like this, sometimes the feeling is beyond words.

In this You Tube clip you can see Suzanne Vega singing St. Clare accompanied by Jack Hardy (author of the lyrics) on the guitar. Sadly, Jack Hardy passed away on March 11th. It makes this song and video all the more poignant.

Do any songs give you butterflies?


  1. I see why it gives you butterflies.
    'put down your glass' snow patrol - my husband proposed to it (& we danced, i jumped!), I walked down the aisle to it and we had our first dance to it - needless to say, it gives me butterflies.

  2. N. -- I just listened to Set Down Your Glass... it's beautiful...