Friday, June 05, 2020

Friday Music: I Hear Them All

I can't remember when we first heard this song, but it was probably on a radio station we listened to in Santa Cruz, KPIG. We've always loved the compassion and energy of the lyrics and music. It seems so right in these times to listen to it again. This particular video was recorded after the flooding by hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.




I hear the crying of the hungry in the deserts where they're wandering;
Hear them crying out for heaven's own benevolence upon them;
Hear destructive power prevailing, I hear fools falsely hailing
To the crooked wits of tyrants when they call.
I hear them all
I hear them all
I hear them all

I hear the sounds of tearing pages and the roar of burning paper;
All the crimes and acquisitions turn to air and ash and vapor;
And the rattle of the shackle far beyond emancipators;
And the loneliest who gather in their stalls.
I hear them all
I hear them all
I hear them all

So while you sit and whistle Dixie with your money and your power,
I can hear the flowers growing in the rubble of the towers.
I hear leaders quit their lying.
I hear babies quit their crying.
I hear soldiers quit their dying, one and all.
I hear them all
I hear them all
I hear them all

I hear the tender words from Zion, I hear Noah's waterfall,
Hear the gentle lamb of Judah sleeping at the feet of Buddha
And the prophets from Elija to the old Paiute Wovoka
Take their places at the table when they're called.
I hear them all
I hear them all
I hear them all
I hear them all

I hear them all
I hear them all
I hear them all
I hear them all
I hear them all

16 comments:

  1. Beautiful. Inspiring. Heartbreaking.
    When will the pleas be heard?
    Thank you for sharing this.
    Cathy McDonald

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    1. Cathy-- I hope the pleas are heard soon. I hope there is change.

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  2. Great song, though I fear it's going to take more than fine words before we sort this one out. Ignorance is a tough opponent.

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    1. John-- Oh you are so right, ignorance is a tough opponent. The fight goes on and on.

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  3. Excellent song...I'm streaming Leonard Cohen's greatest hits this morning. Hope you a are well and staying safe.

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    1. Barbara-- I'm glad you liked the song. We're okay here, hope the same is true for you there.

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  4. I had never heard of this song. It suits the time and it's message has been ignored forever.

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    1. Red-- It is definitely time to hear the message of this song. I'm hoping.

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  5. Thanks for the lyrics. Loved this and it really spoke to the pain the powerful inflict upon society. This resonates today as it did after Katrina.

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    1. Patti-- It does so beautifully speak to the pain. I so hope for change.

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  6. Yes. May we listen well.

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  7. A bit Dylan-esque. I like it.

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    1. Catalyst-- I hadn't thought about that, Dylanesque. Yes, I think so too.

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  8. This song is very dear to me. I'm so happy you posted it. I, too, can't remember where/when I first heard it, but it grabbed my heart.

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    1. Tara-- It is quite a song. So much energy and goodness, so necessary in these times.

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