Sunday, January 13, 2008

A Poem Wrapped in a Song

Below are the lyrics to a poem/song by a band named “The Call.” The name of the song is “Let the Day Begin” and I think it came out in the late 80s or early 90s. I had heard the song many times before and appreciated the lyrics, but I never REALLY appreciated the words until I heard the song played in Denver during the Procession of Survivors at the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure against breast cancer in about 1999. To see my sister Darlene and all those women, of every age and demographic… their smiles and tears… the tears and smiles of their families… hands waving, smiles smiling, flowing into the park by the hundreds… a river of pink…and these lyrics were playing in the background… you could feel a collective sense of fear overcome by courage… yet the fear still lingering slightly, gone for this moment in the sun…the joy overcoming sadness for that tick of the clock. The lyrics took on a new meaning. They move me deeply still, and now when I hear this song as I did this morning, I think of it in yet another way, as Darlene with Gary-- afflicted with Lou Gehrig's Disease-- face another moment of fear overcome by courage, sadness overcome by joy, uncertainty clarified by comfort.

Life’s a big adventure… :-)

DRS
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Let the Day Begin

Here's to the babies in a brand new world
Here's to the beauty of the stars
Here's to the travelers on the open road
Here's to the dreamers in the bars

Here's to the teachers in the crowded rooms
Here's to the workers in the fields
Here's to the preachers of the sacred words
Here's to the drivers at the wheel

Here's to You my little loves with blessings from above
Now let the day begin
Here's to You my little loves with blessings from above
Now let the day begin, let the day begin

Here's to the winners of the human race
Here's to the losers in the game
Here's to the soldiers of the bitter war
Here's to the wall that bears their names

Here's to You my little loves with blessings from above
Now let the day begin
Here's to You my little loves with blessings from above
Let the day begin, let the day begin, let the day start

Here's to the doctors and their healing work
Here's to the loved ones in their care
Here's to the strangers on the streets tonight
Here's to the lonely everywhere

Here's to the wisdom from the mouths of babes
Here's to the lions in the cage
Here's to the struggles of the silent war
Here's to the closing of the age

Here's to You my little loves with blessings from above
Now let the day begin
Here's to You my little loves with blessings from above
Let the day begin

Here's to you my little loves with blessings from above
Let the day begin
Here's to you my little loves with blessings from above
Now let the day begin, let the day begin, let the day start

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