The Conversing Cafe

You can listen to an earlier recording of this song here (sung by Lloyd with the popular Australian folk singer, Cate Burke.)

A new recording, of more professional quality, will be added when it is available. 

This song arose during a journey with my friend, Alan Stewart, in 2000, along the Great Ocean Road and the Coorong in Southern Australia as we discussed his work as a consultant and facilitator. Alan was a pioneer in this country of Open Space Technology and World Café principles and he successfully combined these two into a workshop format that he called The Conversing Café. 

 

The lyrics are below

 I talk to people at work every day

And I'm affected by things that we say
We talk for power or self-preservation
Winning the argument, justification
Needing agreement to guarantee outcomes
Separately having our way
I long to be able to speak without fearing
Trust and belong as a part of the whole
When we're conversing we're working together
Not just our minds but our heart and our soul
For I've seen the sparkling eyes
I have felt that connection
We came together not to persuade
But to treat each other well
In this together whatever we say
At the Conversing Café
In this together whatever we say
At the Conversing Café
Talking and listening we do every day
Cultures created by all that we say
Speaking oppression, how heavy the heart is
Lightness and laughter are not just for parties
Speak without needing the answer you wanted
Let out your spirit to play
So we are able to speak without fearing
Trust and belong as a part of the whole
When we're conversing we're working together
Not just our minds but our heart and our soul
Chorus
I talk to people at work every day
And I'm affected by things that we say
We talk for power or self-preservation
Winning the argument, justification
Needing agreement to guarantee outcomes
Separately having our way
I long to be able to speak without fearing
Trust and belong as a part of the whole
When we're conversing we're working together
Not just our minds but our heart and our soul
For I've seen the sparkling eyes
I have felt that connection
We came together not to persuade
But to treat each other well
In this together whatever we say
At the Conversing Café
In this together whatever we say
At the Conversing Café
Talking and listening we do every day
Cultures created by all that we say
Speaking oppression, how heavy the heart is
Lightness and laughter are not just for parties
Speak without needing the answer you wanted
Let out your spirit to play
So we are able to speak without fearing
Trust and belong as a part of the whole
When we're conversing we're working together
Not just our minds but our heart and our soul
Chorus
I talk to people at work every day
And I'm affected by things that we say
We talk for power or self-preservation
Winning the argument, justification
Needing agreement to guarantee outcomes
Separately having our way
I long to be able to speak without fearing
Trust and belong as a part of the whole
When we're conversing we're working together
Not just our minds but our heart and our soul
For I've seen the sparkling eyes
I have felt that connection
We came together not to persuade
But to treat each other well
In this together whatever we say
At the Conversing Café
In this together whatever we say
At the Conversing Café
Talking and listening we do every day
Cultures created by all that we say
Speaking oppression, how heavy the heart is
Lightness and laughter are not just for parties
Speak without needing the answer you wanted
Let out your spirit to play
So we are able to speak without fearing
Trust and belong as a part of the whole
When we're conversing we're working together
Not just our minds but our heart and our soul
Chorus
I talk to people at work every day
And I'm affected by things that we say
We talk for power or self-preservation
Winning the argument, justification
Needing agreement to guarantee outcomes
Separately having our way
I talk to people at work every day
And I'm affected by things that we say
We talk for power or self-preservation
Winning the argument, justification
Needing agreement to guarantee outcomes
Separately having our way

I long to be able to speak without fearing
Trust and belong as a part of the whole
When we're conversing we're working together
Not just our minds but our heart and our soul

CHORUS
For I've seen the sparkling eyes
I have felt that connection
We came together not to persuade
But to treat each other well
In this together whatever we say
At the Conversing Café
In this together whatever we say
At the Conversing Café

Talking and listening we do every day
Cultures created by all that we say
Speaking oppression, how heavy the heart is
Lightness and laughter are not just for parties
Speak without needing the answer you wanted
Let out your spirit to play

So we are able to speak without fearing
Trust and belong as a part of the whole
When we're conversing we're working together
Not just our minds but our heart and our soul

REPEAT CHORUSI talk to people at work every day

And I'm affected by things that we say

We talk for power or self-preservation

Winning the argument, justification

Needing agreement to guarantee outcomes

Separately having our way

 

I long to be able to speak without fearing

Trust and belong as a part of the whole

When we're conversing we're working together

Not just our minds but our heart and our soul

 

CHORUS

For I've seen the sparkling eyes

I have felt that connection

We came together not to persuade

But to treat each other well

In this together whatever we say

At the Conversing Café

In this together whatever we say

At the Conversing Café

 

Talking and listening we do every day

Cultures created by all that we say

Speaking oppression, how heavy the heart is

Lightness and laughter are not just for parties

Speak without needing the answer you wanted

Let out your spirit to play

 

So we are able to speak without fearing

Trust and belong as a part of the whole

When we're conversing we're working together

Not just our minds but our heart and our soul

 

REPEAT CHORUS