I Don't Know the Way - Single

by Arend Lee Jessurun

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“I Don’t Know the Way” is a dreamy folk ballad inspired by Brandi Carlile, Leonard Cohen, T. S. Eliot, and the search for a life of meaning.

I was listening to NPR’s New Music Friday, on my way to a coffee shop that was, as it turned out, closed, when this melody presented itself to me. I felt inspired after having heard Brandi Carlile’s song “The Mother,” and sang this new melody into my phone. Perhaps it was my unconscious mind coming up with an alternate melody for that song (as it turns out, my verses scan in the same meter as Brandi’s). It was a few more months and several drafted verses before I came up with lyrics I felt I could sing. I had always wanted to write a song in the style of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne,” with the second verse taking an aside and contemplating a religious figure. Similarly, I’d always wanted to write one of those rambling folk songs about travel, but travel in an inward, spiritual sense.

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released September 27, 2019

Arend Jessurun on vocals, guitars, & bass guitar (thanks Paul Smith for lending the bass).
Produced, mixed, & mastered by Arend Jessurun.
Artwork by Isaac Lee.
Words and Music © 2019 Arend Lee Jessurun (BMI).

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Arend Lee Jessurun Long Beach, California

My name is Arend Lee Jessurun (ˈerənd lē ˈjesərən). I believe in sad songs. For too long, imposter syndrome, trauma-related depression, and religious scrupulosity hindered my growth as a singer-songwriter. Now, after years of therapy, the growing discontent of not making my own music, and a brief stint as a barista, I have these songs to show for it. ... more

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Track Name: I Don't Know the Way
You cannot choose from where you come
but only if you’ll stay.
Not every harbor is a home,
but maybe for today.
The winds of change are blowing soon,
and soon they’ll blow away.
I leave the only place I’ve known,
but I don’t know the way.

I don’t know the way,
I don’t know the way.
I know just where I want to go,
and I’ll be there someday,
oh, but I don’t know the way.

I walk the dolorosa path,
I wander, passing by
the garden where the grapes of wrath
came spilling from his eyes.
I heard the seer strike a chord,
I heard St. Thomas say,
“I don’t know where you’re going, Lord,
and I don’t know the way.”

I don’t know the way,
I don’t know the way.
I know just where I want to go,
and I’ll be there someday,
oh, but I don’t know the way.

The past, a ghost, the future, blind,
point only to one end:
the now where all of human kind
look out and back again.
And all through every changing tide
and time that cannot stay,
be thou forever by my side
for I don’t know the way.

I don’t know the way,
I don’t know the way.
I know just where I want to go,
and I’ll be there someday,
oh, but I don’t know the way.
Oh, but I don’t know the way.

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