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Here is "We're Gonna Stay". I wrote it before I met Julia when I was still at 505 Pleasant Street. My roommate John Drahos and I talked a lot about getting married and how we had to let the Lord guide us. John kept up a nice plaque that gave good advice on all this. I had a couple of experiences where I 'pre-knew' who I was going to meet. I felt like the Lord was basically asking me if I was willing to endure troubles and forgive my future spouse a great deal; after all, his undeserved love for me in my sorry state was pretty stupendous. I said I was willing. I foresaw there would be hard things we would have to go through together. This song was a reaction to all of this, imagining a future time when we would be struggling with ourselves or our situation.
At some point I went up with Danny Gagnon to see les Soeurs Dominicaine Adoratrices in Beauport, Quebec. The two foundresses were amazing women; their story reads like the lives of the saints including multiplication of food, healings and coal deliveries. They were renowned for 'reading souls', so Danny and I, thinking about a vocation, went to see them. I spoke to Mere Colette and Mere Julienne in French. They agreed with me that I had the 'artistic temperament' that makes a vocation unlikely; I had finally figured that out after years of banging my head against walls. Mere Julienne said something like it seems logical that the Lord would send a spouse from within your 'faith family'. Living Waters? I remonstrated that all the girls in that group were always running away from me! (That was accurate, ladies, wasn't it?) I had zero luck. Mere Julienne just gave me a knowing smile that was saying, 'you'll see what I mean pretty soon'.
I left a note with St. Gerard Majella at Ste Anne de Beaupre nearby asking for a blondish Boston Irish girl. Pretty silly prayer, I know. You friends know what happened VERY soon after this in 1984. One blondish Boston Irish girl saw Living Waters at Providence Civic Center and the rest was history, although I was a very thick-headed clueless dunce noticing that she was around after ALL of that! Thanks to Kathy Bourque et al for helping me realize Julia was there!!
In the multi-track version, Joline sang the lead when she was very sick. That's Chuck adding his wonderful horn. Denise is actually singing at the repeat of the end of verse two!