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Song For Today #21

This song came to mind reading a part of psalm 107 (verses 10-16, below). Maybe the greatest gift that one person can give to another in these days is hope. Hope in what often seems to be a hopeless world. I came across the song on an album by Eric Bibb (Painting Signs). The version I have chosen (below) is performed by one of the writers of the song – Phil Roy.

10 Some sat in darkness and in gloom,
    prisoners in misery and in irons,
11 for they had rebelled against the words of God,
    and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
12 Their hearts were bowed down with hard labour;
    they fell down, with no one to help.
13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he saved them from their distress;
14 he brought them out of darkness and gloom,
    and broke their bonds asunder.
15 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wonderful works to humankind.
16 For he shatters the doors of bronze,
    and cuts in two the bars of iron.

Hope in a Hopeless World – Phil Roy

Baby born in New York City
Wrapped in a blanket that’s tattered an’ worn
Mother doin’ the best she can
Teachin’ hope in a hopeless world

Eldest son, he stayed in school
Listened to his mother, didn’t drink or use
Yet, every job he wants he gets refused
It takes hope in a hopeless world

Lookin’ for hope in a hopeless world
Searchin’ for love in such hateful times
Tryin’ to stay strong when my mind gets weak
Looking for hope in a hopeless world

On the corner stands a young girl
The home she left was from a better part of town
Her daddy did things she couldn’t talk about
Is there hope in a hopeless world?

Ya got a quarter for the homeless man?
Spare some change for the soldiers
Who fought the war
Put some money in their hats an’ in their tins
Give them hope in a hopeless world

Lookin’ for hope in a hopeless world
Searchin’ for love in such hateful times
Tryin’ to stay strong when my mind gets weak
Looking for hope in a hopeless world
Lookin’ for hope in a hopeless world…
Tryin’ to ease my mind…

We got to listen to the voice inside
That speaks of love – don’t compromise
Realise time is passin’ by
There are mountains to climb,
We can’t be standing still

Churches are full, but the prayers are not heard
Saturday’s child don’t wanna go to sunday school
Whatever happened to the golden rule
Teach them hope in a hopeless world

Somebody out there’s got to listen
Somebody out there’s got to know
What i’m talkin’ ’bout
Raise your hand, raise your hand if you’re with me
There’s hope in a hopeless world

Lookin’ for hope in a hopeless world
Searchin’ for love in such hateful times
Tryin’ to stay strong when my mind gets weak
Looking for hope in a hopeless world
Lookin’ for hope in a hopeless world…
Gotta find love in a hopeless world…

Songwriters: Robert Thiele / Phil Roy

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