September 11, 2002

playlist for peace

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

John Lennon

I never saw such hands
Flexing like silver leaves,
I never knew such air,
Or leaned to so good a breeze.
Even the tears I cry,
They aren't salt but clear,
For seabirds riding the wind, calling their last,
Their wild goodbye.
The world is asking not to die.

Malvina Reynolds

Show me the country where bombs had to fall,
Show me the ruins of buildings once so tall,
And I'll show you a young land with so many reasons why

Phil Ochs (who died in 1976)

There were roses, roses,
There were roses, and the tears of the people ran together.

Tommy Sands

All rights and all wrongs have long since blown away,
For causes are ashes where children lie slain

Stan Rogers

When will they ever learn?

Pete Seeger

One moment of conviction, one voice quiet and clear,
One act of compassion, it all begins here.
No safety now in silence, we've got to stand our ground.
No hate. No violence. Not in our town.

Fred Small

Light one candle for the terrible sacrifice
justice and freedom demand.
Light one candle for the wisdom to know
when the peace maker's time is at hand.

Light one candle for all we believe in
that anger won't tear us apart.
And light one candle to bring us together
with peace as the song in our hearts.

Peter Yarrow

What can you do with your days but work & hope
Let your dreams bind your work to your play
What can you do with each moment of your life
But love til you've loved it away
Love til you've loved it away

Bob Franke

Peace is the bread we break
Love is the river rolling
Life is a chance we take
When we make this earth our home
Gonna make this earth our home.

Fred Small

Oseh shalom bimromav
Hu ya'aseh shalom aleinu
V'al kol-ha'am, v'imru: "Amen."
("May God, who makes peace in God's high places, make peace for us and for all the world, and we say 'Amen.' " )

Jewish prayer
Note: the original says "Israel", where I have written "ha'am", "the World"

You take the little that you know,
And you do the best you can,
And you see the rest with the quiet faith of man.

Bill Staines

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

John Lennon

Posted by dichroic at September 11, 2002 04:59 PM

Nice playlist, man. Nice playlist.

It's really great how you can search for one little thing ("let your dreams bind your work to your play") and run across so much beautiful original content....

Thanks for keeping the faith. Yeah, I know this entry is over two years old. But to me, it's brand new.

Posted by: swansong at October 28, 2004 06:36 AM
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