St Teresa, Higher Than The Moon

One of my favorite singers singing one of her lesser known songs. Ms Osborne sings a lot of soul standards–you can catch many of her capable covers on YouTube.

This is from her breakout cd, Relish. It’s a collective writing effort by the band about a woman with a baby pushed into crime. Prostitution or drugs, I’m not sure.

But the observation reminds me of things Pope Francis has said. A church building as a monument in a troubled city neighborhood. The building rises and beckons, but the messy needs far below the spire and the desperation. I can hear that ascending bass line with these lyrics, a deep human aspiration in the midst of a life that’s trapped by necessity. And does the Church stand by, too distant, too far away?

Just what I’ve been needin’, feel it rise in me, she say
Every stone a story, like a rosary
Corner St. Teresa, just a little crime
When I make my money, got to get my dime

Way down in the hollow, leavin’ so soon
Oh, St. Teresa higher than the moon

You called up in the sky
You called up in the clouds
Is there something you forgot to tell me
Tell me, tell me, tell me, tell me, tell me

Show me my Teresa, feel it rise in me
Every stone a story, like a rosary

Do you know the song? What do you think?

About catholicsensibility

Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to St Teresa, Higher Than The Moon

  1. Jeff Olsenholler says:

    Here’s a version from “The Transatlantic Sessions”, IMHO, the best long-running occasional TV musical series:

  2. Todd says:

    Thanks for the link, Jeff. Jerry Douglas: one of the best musicians on the planet. Yes, this is a fabulous version.

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