Heart of The World

by Pamela Polland

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Heart Of The World is the long awaited album of original material from award winning singer-songwriter Pamela Polland. With its release, Pamela brings a vitality, a focus, and a fresh energy to both the Pop and the New Age musical marketplace.

Pamela's intention in recording this music was 'to crack open hearts...to guide listeners toward a deeper sense of themselves and to accompany the listener on his or her healing journey'. The inspiration behind the album is a song entitled "Letting Go", which has been used extensively by professionals in the healing arts in the context of therapy, ritual, and guided meditation.

Deeply spiritual, yet primitive, Pamela's percussion-driven title track, "Heart of the World" combines a hauntingly beautiful melody with a gospel choir, crafting an eloquent and emotional plea for a return to the center of being. Deceptively simple lyrics serve as the perfect counterpoint to producer Gary Remal Malkin's richly textured orchestrations.

Distinguished by separate collaborations from special guest artists Bonnie Raitt and Kenny Loggins, this diverse musical anthology is epitomized by heartfelt lyrics, evocative melodies and graceful harmonies. Defying any genre-specific definition, Pamela Polland has created a genuinely inspirational body of work thoughtfully designed to open the heart.

I'd also like to mention a few select musicians who I believe bring true excellence to this project: Marc Russo on saxophone, Will Kennedy on drums - both from the great band The Yellowjackets. Marc also toured with the Kenny Loggins Band for 10 years. Quique Cruz on pan pipes can also be heard on albums by Jackson Browne and Kenny Loggins. Mike Marshall, on acoustic guitar, produces and records for Windham Hill, and Paul McCandless of Oregon and the Paul Winter Consort plays an exquisite oboe solo. There are at least a dozen more players, all brilliant.

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released January 1, 1995

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Pamela Polland Kula, Hawaii

An award-winning singer/songwriter, Pamela has three albums on Columbia and Epic as well as three more independently released albums to her credit, and two gold records. She has performed and recorded with Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Loggins, Ry Cooder, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Jackson Browne, Van Morrison, and many others. Her songs have been recorded by Linda Ronstadt, The Byrds, Helen Reddy, et al. ... more

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Track Name: Chimayo
CHIMAYO
(Pamela Polland)
lyrics adapted from "A Poem From A Blind Man" by George Mendoza.

I am blind, I've traveled many miles
To a place called Chimayo,
It's a place I love, in its silence and its peace,
To this heaven I must go.

Where the sun falls asleep without regret,
It's that old country feeling I can't forget.
Settled by a people with a friendly hand,
Where they still tell stories about miracles in the land,
Santuario.

If you are a stranger, weary from the struggles of life,
Follow that long mountain road,
You may have a handicap, you may have a broken heart,
You'll find a home in Chimayo.

Where the sun falls asleep without regret,
It's that old country feeling I can't forget.
Graceful as a flower in the summer breeze,
Nestled in a valley with wild berry trees,
Santuario.

I am blind, I've traveled many miles
To this Santuario,
Chimayo.
Chimayo.
Track Name: The Welcoming
THE WELCOMING
(Kenny Loggins)

May the Spirit enter into this room
May our hearts be filled with her light
May she ever surround and protect us
And may always her beauty be here by our side
Our love has grown - into a home
And suddenly everything I've learned has a place it can start
Cuz finally love has come and taken a place in our hearts

This is our Welcoming /Open up and let it in
Feel it happening / Spirit's beckoning
Welcome to our Welcoming

May your eyes be filled with wonder and joy
May your arms be filled with delight
May your heart be as easily opened
As the moment of grace in the birth of a child
Love's gentle touch (Has)shown me so much
And suddenly everything I've learned has a place it can start
Cuz finally love has come and taken a place in our hearts

CHORUS (2x)
(Angel voices)

Come everybody let us lift our hearts and celebrate together
And every one of us can lift our voices, sing and dance together
Track Name: Sanctuary
SANCTUARY
(Pamela Polland)
3/90 for Bill

When I'm growin' weary
And the load is getting too hard to carry
You come to me..........and ooooo......
You're my Sanctuary (2x)

When my heart is heavy
With all the troubles this world seems to carry
You come to me.........and ooooo........
You're my sanctuary (3x)

In the night when stars are bright
You're there to wrap me up in the warm love of your arms.
In the day even when you're far away
Your love's there to lean on......to keep me from harm!

And ooooo..........

You're my sanctuary..........
You're my sanctuary.........
You're my sanctuary.........
Track Name: The Quickening
THE QUICKENING
(Pamela Polland / Gay Hendricks)

Deep inside me there's a river
And this river's now in flood
When I'm near you there's a surging
A surging in my blood

Deep inside me there's a stream
A stream of dancing light
When I see you my heart quickens
Like wild swans taking flight

When I think you seem to hear it
When you hurt I cannot bear it
Do I dare to hope you share it?
This quickening of my love. (2x)

By the seashore I went walking
And found a lonely shell
In its center there's a roaring
Eternity cannot quell

My hear t had turned to winter
A cold and graceless land
That sprang to joy and laughter
When I first touched your hand

When I think you seem to hear it
When you hurt I cannot bear it
Do I dare to hope you share it?
This quickening of my love (2x)
Track Name: I Love Your Ways
I LOVE YOUR WAYS
(Gary Malkin / Dan Mountain)

Oh, I love your ways
Oh, I want to spend my days
In your warm embrace
I feel your grace fill my time

Oh, I've seen you laugh and cry
Oh, I've seen you light the sky
I've learned to love your gentle ways
And know your courage

You laugh at fate
You walk your own way
Without a word, I always knew
I feel your dreams, I know your mercy
For all your days
I love your ways

SOLO

Oh, I've seen you laugh and cry
Oh, I've seen you light the sky
I've learned to love your gentle ways
And know your courage

Oh, I love your ways.
Track Name: Honoring
HONOURING
(Pamela Polland)

Ah......Honouring.....we are Honouring
Ah......Honouring.........we are Honouring.

We are honouring each other - of that you can be sure
Ah........Honouring.......we are Honouring
The bond that we created with our loving will endure
Ah.......Honouring

When I reached out for loving friendship - you were always there
Ah........Honouring........we are Honouring
And by your example, I learned how to offer care
Through........Ah........Honouring.

People often meet as part of joyful situations,
Friends connecting friendships - we extend our families:
Then life's tribulations take their toll and separation
will occur - unless we take the time for

Ah.......Honouring........we are Honouring.........

Love and understanding - on these you can depend
Ah........Honouring.........we are Honouring
Problems may arise between us - we will always mend
With......Ah.......Honouring.

I can be open when I'm with you,
If I get stuck, you pull me through,
And all of this you do with

Ah.........Honouring..........we are Honouring
Ah.......Honouring.........Honouring..............
Track Name: A Place To Be
A PLACE TO BE
(Pamela Polland / Gay Hendricks)

Somewhere love waits for me
In a place that's clear and free
I can go there,
I can grow there,
A place to be.

Somewhere love waits for me
A calm strong energy
I can breathe there,
I'll be free there,
A place to be.

I've walked a thousand miles alone
Gave up and then made myself go on
Has someone out there heard my cries?
I can not, will not compromise.
I want someone to hold me tight
Who holds me while I dance in light,
I know that somewhere, out there, in here,
There's a place to be.

Somewhere love waits for me
In a place that's clear and free
I can go there,
I can grow there,
I can breathe there,
I'll be free there,
A place to be
Track Name: Strip Away
STRIP AWAY
(Pamela Polland)

I think I know what I'm doing
I think I know what I'm doing
I think I know what I'm doing with you.........

In matters of Love, I like to play fastball,
Not that it's always been good for me;
I've gone for the fast climb, suffered the fast fall,
How I remain standing is complete mystery.

And when we strip away these vines around our hearts
We'll find a pool of love - deep inside -
Come on, let's strip away - let's find a cleaner start -
Strip away !

I know what I want, you fit the description,
Now it's a question of wait or pursue:
I know what I need, you fill the prescription,
Now I'm left with the rush of attraction to you.

(CHORUS)

I think I know what I'm doing
I think I know what I'm doing (Total 6x)
I think I know what I'm doing with you..........

I don't want to stretch, I don't want to slow down,
I'm pulled by desire and I don't want to wait:
If Love is like quicksand, together we'll go down,
Holding on to each other we'll make our escape.

(CHORUS 2x)

I think I know what I'm doing
I think I know what I'm doing
I think I know......................................
Track Name: Intimacy
INTIMACY
(Pamela Polland)

Now that I know myself - I want to know you
That loving partnership that we can grow into
I'm ready to care for you and have you care for me
OOO.......Intimacy.

Now that I trust myself - I want to trust in you
Unfold those old ideas and make them just like new
With will and willingness to share. we'll face life's mystery
OOO......Intimacy.

Locked in our private world
We're free to move boundlessly
Free to express ourselves - free to receive:
I vow to hold nothing back,
I ask that you hold nothing back from me.

Now that I love myself - I'm able to love you
To understand your needs and want to rise up to
We'll play a sweet duet in each other's symphony
OOO.........Intimacy.

(REPEAT BRIDGE)

Intimacy...........Intimacy.........Intimacy.
Track Name: Letting Go
LETTING GO
(Pamela Polland)

For all the ways in which I hardened - Now I'm letting go,
For all the ways in which I held back - Now I'm letting go,
For all the ways in which I tightened - Now I'm letting go,
Right now.......finally........Now I'm letting go.

For all the times in which I held on - Now I'm letting go,
For all the times I tried to stay on track - Now I'm letting go,
For all the times I never lightened - Now I'm letting go,
Right now.........finally.......Now I'm letting go.

Never able to feel perfect and pure,
Imprisoned by what I thought was right,
Never able to join with God,
Always standing just outside the Light,
Now I'm going all the way home.

Right now............finally..........Now I'm letting go.