Time Is Nothing

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A passionate declaration of eternal love in the face of a finite universe. Based on Audrey Niffenegger’s novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife.

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I want to leave you with something, for after.
I don’t have much longer; I know you know.
Clare, you have waited for me your whole life.
To be torn from you now…I scream in my core.

I want to leave you less crying, more laughter.
I’ve caused you such agony; I’ve pained you so.
You have waited so faithfully here by my side.
I can’t ask you to wait anymore.

So when I die, stop waiting and be free.
Rest me deep inside you if you need,
Then renew your thriving story,
And reclaim a life with peace.
When I am dead, as dead I well may be,
Know that my love will never leave.
I love you. Time is nothing, nothing, nothing.

I want to leave you with something, for after.
Our love has more weight in this world than I do;
Forever our thread through the twistings of time,
It shall linger on after me, holding, enfolding you,

Yet when I die, stop waiting and be free.
Rest me deep inside you, then proceed,
As a phoenix from the ashes,
To reclaim a life with peace.
When I am dead, as dead I well may be,
Know that my love will never leave.
I love you. Time is nothing, nothing…

I hesitate to share this,
Because you might wait longer than ever before,
But I know you would want me to tell you
That we’ll see each other once more, once more.
Oh, Clare, I have seen your elderly face,
Your eyes, your smile, your willowy grace.
Death is not the end;
We’ll see each other again!

So when I die, stop waiting and be free.
Rest me deep inside you, then proceed,
As a phoenix from the ashes,
To reclaim a life with peace.
When I am dead, as dead I well may be,
Know that my love will never leave.
I love you. Time is nothing.
I love you. Time is nothing.
I love you for eternity.
Time is nothing.

credits

from MÉLANGE, released July 20, 2019
Based on the novel The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Text Adaptation, Additional Lyrics, and Music by Erika Ji
Vocals by Matthew Billman
Piano by Nathan Cheung
Recorded and Mixed by Chris Gilroy at Douglass Recording

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Erika Ji New York, New York

Erika creates music that tells stories. With a love for soaring melodies and dramatic emotions, Erika draws inspiration from the lush soundscapes of classical music, the character-driven storytelling of musical theatre, and the authentic heart of indie folk and pop. ... more

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