This song was completed back in 1983. I often took long walks at Dockwhiler Beach which is just South of Venice Beach, California. Few people were ever in this area of the beach at most times of the day and it was a great place for solitude and prayer for me in my early twenties while I attended Loyola University in Westchester, California. I finally decided to capture all those beautiful times by the ocean side in this song.
I was at a place in myself where I realized that it didn't really matter what we own or don't own, for God had given all we need in the sky above which was my roof, walls made of space all around me at all times and a floor made of wet sand which was smooth as silk when I would walk it barefooted. In those days, I lived on campus in a dorm with a room mate named George Fowler. I had nothing more than a bed, a place for my books, a closet and a sink my room mate and I shared, along with the communal showers down the hall in the Rosecrans dormitory on campus. Yet, I felt like I was the richest man in the world. Why? Because I was loved by friends and I was finally pursuing the things I loved after 12 years of schooling. I had given everyone else what they wanted and now I had a chance to pursue what I desired in life.
I knew I was to attend college, since I was 10 years old. At least I wanted to and hoped to. I felt that desire one day while the sun was setting, after having one of the best days of my life, which was rare back in my youth given the family I grew up in. Still, I prayed to God, as a boy that day, asking him to please send me to college and so I could pursue my love for music and the performing arts one day. That came true when I got a State scholarship while attending Notre Dame High School of Sherman Oaks, California.
I suppose this idea was also inspired by the passage in the Bible where Jesus said "Consider the Lillies of the Field. They don't toil or spin, but not even King Solomon in all his splendor and glory was not covered in glory as you see one of these" It made me realize the glory God had crowned me with grace all my life and the love I had, even when I took my walks by the ocean side to get away from my studies and think my friendships through.
So for those of you who need a solitude moment and need to see the glass half full and not half empty, this song is for you, especially if you love the ocean side, its sounds and the energy of the Spirit it brings. For me, I always felt closest to God being by the ocean or up in the high mountains which was my true Church all my life. Why? Because that is where the four elements of the creation come together which to me defined God's wholeness in me. Enjoy!
I HAVE A HOME
I have a home where I can always go.
A place by the sea where my heart can be free.
When I am there, time just seems to stand still,
While seagulls that fly test their skills of flight;
As do the thoughts in my mind
That leave my heart confused and unsure.
I have a home away from the lonely crowds.
It is a place for me where I have a chance to breath.
When I sit on the sand with the seagulls near by
They don't fly away, instead they sit with me.
Maybe they realize as I do
How warm and good a true friend can feel.
I HAVE A HOME, A BEAUTIFUL PLACE
A ROOF MADE OF SKY AND WALLS MADE OF SPACE
A FLOOR SMOOTH AS SILK FILLED WITH A WONDERFUL SCENT
AND PLENTY OF ROOM IF MY FRIENDS SHOULD STOP IN.
I have a home I could never sell.
Though you offer me gold, it could never fill my soul.
Here in this place, I am secure in myself;
Though I don't own this home, I possess a great wealth.
So won't you please come on in
Come in from the cold, cold world you are in. (Chorus)
© Kevin F. Montague 1983 - All Rights Reserved Internationally