Song for Today

Song For Today #22

I’ve got a Bruce Cockburn thing going at the moment. (Canadian singer songwriter since 1965 or thereabouts). I’m reading his autobiography, Rumours of Glory, and listening to his back catalogue while doing my ‘Couch to 5K’ runs three times a week.

Here’s a song I wasn’t familiar with. The lyrics drew me to have a listen. The version I’ve chosen was recorded at the Greenbelt Festival in 2012. I was there, and I think I would have gone to listen to him, because i already had a couple of albums, but I don’t remember it.

Lord of the starfields
Ancient of Days
Universe Maker
Here’s a song in your praise

Wings of the storm cloud
Beginning and end
You make my heart leap
Like a banner in the wind

O love that fires the sun
Keep me burning
Lord of the starfields
Sower of life
Heaven and earth are
Full of your light

Voice of the nova
Smile of the dew
All of our yearning
Only comes home to you

O love that fires the sun
Keep me burning

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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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Song For Today #19

Rockasteria: Buzzy Linhart - The Time To Live Is Now (1971 us ...

This is a bit of self indulgence. It goes back to the late 70’s when my parents lived in Kingsbridge, South Devon. My dad had been a secondary school headteacher, and had retired from Steyning in West Sussex a few years before. The occasion I remember is hearing the song ‘Friends’ on his Bang and Olufsen radio. It was an expensive piece of kit that was presented to my dad when he retired.

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I can just remember coming into the living room as the song ‘Friends’ was playing, and fortunately the announcer said who the artist was – Buzzy Linhart. I have just about everything Buzzy has ever recorded. He first recorded this song on the album – ‘The Time To Live Is Now’, and then recorded another version on ‘Pussycats Can Go Far’

I just had a quick look to check the above facts, and see that he died earlier this year on Feb 13th. I’m pleased that he came to mind today, and that I’m able to say something by way of tribute to an amazing musician.

Here’s the song from the ‘Time To Live Is Now’ album Friends

Friends, by Mark Klingman and Buzzy Linhart

And I am all alone.
There is no one here beside me.
And my problems have all gone,
There is no one to deride me.

But you got to have friends
the feeling’s oh so strong.
You got to have friends
to make the day last long.

I had some friends but they’re gone
Someone came and took them away
And from the dusk till the dawn
here is where I’ll stay.

Standing at the end of the world boys
Waiting for my new friends to come.
I don’t care if I’m hungry or poor,
I’m gonna get me some.
‘Cause you got to have friends.
‘Cause you got to have friends.

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Song for Today #18 – Woyaya

This song is from a beautiful album by Art Garfunkel – Angel Clare. The original version is by Osibisa. You could find a video of Osibisa singing this live, but this is the version that is special to me. When I was a vicar, I introduced this song to our band – it’s not overtly a ‘Christian’ song, or even religious, but it seems to me that any song that speaks honestly about our humanity can be sung to God.

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Angel Clare – 1973 Album by Art Garfunkel

Woyaya (Woyaya means ‘We keep going’)

We are going, heaven knows where we are going,
We know we will
And We will get there, heaven knows how we will get there,
We know we will.

It will be hard we know
And the road will be muddy and rough,
But we’ll get there, heaven knows how we will get there,
We know we will.

Keep on going – Grace and Peace