I Love You

from by Larry Long

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I Love You was written in honor of Virginia McKnight Binger. Mrs. Binger was the matriarch of the McKnight Foundation, which has given generously to our community. Virginia discovered that many people whom she wanted to support didn’t fit within the parameters of McKnight funding. In response Mrs. Binger set up the VMB Fund, where she had a scout go out into the community to find those who are doing good work. Virginia McKnight Binger would invite many of them into her home to learn more about their calling and if so called she would help fund their efforts. I was one of those fortunate recipients of her generosity through my work of bringing elders, who reflect the many faces of children in the classroom, into schools to share their life story with youth. The children in turn write songs in their honor to be performed at large community celebrations through a program entitled Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song administered through Community Celebration of Place (501 C3). I remain forever grateful for Virginia McKnight Binger and may her song serve as inspiration to others.


I Love You

She was rich to the core
A friend to the poor
I love you
From her heart she would give
So others might live
I love you

Some people have
So many have not
Enough to get by
The dream lives
The dreamer dies
I love you

Often she’d read
Of people in need
I love you
God has many names
To their doorstep she came
I love you

To fall through the cracks
To never get back
Without a hand to hold
Like Lazarus of old
I love you

Mothers unwed
No place for their heads
I love you
To get a degree
Childcare they need
I love you

One plate full at a time
Until all children find
The love, the comfort of home
To be safe, and never alone
I love you

Surrender your self
To love
Someone else
To share
In love
Not control
To see in each face
The whole human race
I love you
To see the gift
Not someone at risk
I love you

Wonders made real
Through God’s grace revealed
Through human compassion combined
To share this world as divine
I love you

Words & music by Larry Long
Copyright Larry Long 2018 / BMI
All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.


from Slow Night, track released November 2, 2018
Larry Long: Lead Vocal
Cory Wong: Electric Guitar
Kevin Gastonguay: Keyboards
Joe Savage: Pedal Steel
Ian Allison: Bass
Petar Janjic: Drums

Producer: Cory Wong
Recording Engineer: Matt Patrick, Library Recording Studio
Mixing Engineer: John Fields
Mastering: Cory Wong

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Larry Long Minneapolis, Minnesota

Larry Long is a chip off the old block of American hardwoods, a spoken
word poet, a singer-songwriter, rouser, seeker, storyteller and
conservationist. Well traveled across the world, wherever he
goes, he celebrates people and places in song.

Larry Long is a recipient of the prestigious In The Spirit of Crazy Horse Award for his work in forgotten communities.

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