Just a Little Hope: Lyrics by Len Leatherwood, Music and Vocals by Sam Leatherwood

I was listening tonight to the song that my little brother Sam and I worked on together last year.  It was my first foray into songwriting and I was very lucky to have my talented musician brother’s expertise to put my lyrics into such a beautifully finished form.  I find that my original thoughts about this song have changed and the chorus: “Just a little hope” is what really sticks with me right now.  I want to share it tonight because we can all use “just a little hope” from time to time “to chase away that touch of blue.”

Here are the lyrics:

Just a Little Hope

Cruising the drag in your prom gown

Circling the square, going round and round

Laughing with your friends with lilies in your hair

Smiling at that boy standing there

Hometown girl, you’re a step from freedom

Your head is full of big, big plans

Dreaming of adventures in foreign lands

But that boyfriend of yours tugs at your heart

Your whole world shifts in the starlit dark

So long palm trees and sun-warmed sands 

Just a little hope

is what you need now to get you through

To help you see the future’s bright tomorrow

Just a little hope

to push away this touch of blue

and see that time

does not define,

but really only borrows.

Life passes in the wink of an eye

Little girl grows up and says goodbye

And before you know it, it’s time to go

Down to the beaches of Mexico

To live dreams that are never-ending

Just a little hope

is what you need now to get you through

To help you see the future’s bright tomorrow

Just a little hope

to push away this touch of blue

all that time

we can’t define,

we really only borrow.

 Here is the audio clip:

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Mary Jo Doig says:

    Thank you again for sharing the deeply creative talents of your family and you. It is a gorgeous song!

  2. Thank you, Mary Jo. Sam’s musical talent makes my lyrics shine and I am grateful for that!

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