Chapter Seventy-Two

PSALM 23
Martin's Song

[ a song, bluegrass ]


        There is a land of sunny skies
        Past where the four winds blow
        Where storm clouds no longer rise
        And clear peaceful waters flow

        Come on with us to Edenís garden
        Take a little drink from freedomís fountain
        Take a little trip up to the mountain
        Have a little drink from freedomís fountain
        Sing, Na na, na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na na na na na
        Na na, na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na na na na na

              Come up to the mountaintop and hear the angles sing
              Letís sing Martinís song now, yeah let freedom ring
              Let peace and justice roll on down and like a river flow
              How long?ónot long, let my people go

              Donít look back at a past where we once went wrong
              Get on the track to freedom and letís sing Martinís song
              If we gain the world but lose our soul, what do we really gain?
              Let's lose our excess baggage and hop on freedomís train

              Come down to the river, letís all sing Martinís song
              Peace in the valley, yeah you know it wonít be long
              Night will soon be falling and our work will be done
              How long?ónot long, we shall overcome
              Yeah, Ďtill the final trumpet blows at historyís setting sun
              How long?ónot long, we shall overcome
              How long?ónot long, we shall overcome
              How long?ónot long, we shall overcome

        Come on with us to Edenís garden
        Take a little drink from freedomís fountain
        Take a little trip up to the mountain
        Have a little drink from freedomís fountain
        Sing, Na na, na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na na na na na
        Na na, na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na na na na na

        There is a land of sunny skies
        Past where the four winds blow
        Where storm clouds no longer rise
        And clear peaceful waters flow *


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DEDICATED TO:  Coretta Scott King, who perhaps has sacrificed even more than America's beloved friend, Martin Luther King, Jr.  Also dedicated to Alison Krauss & Union Station, who take the blues out of bluegrass and the korn out of country, turning their unique sound into a symphony of fine art fit for a banquet at Solomon's table.


*FootNote:  Based on the vision and major speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the very few and far between who correctly understood that the Bible is fundamentally, the library of Human Rights; King developed his vision from this invaluable collection of perspectives on truth and light and his methods from the powerful example of Mohandas K. Gandhi, whose one life of sacrifice in turn, inspired not only King, but Cesar Chavez and countless others (including the author) to move toward peace instead of war and love instead of hate.  There is no greater love than the sacrifice of one's own life for the social justice of one's friends and truly, there is no greater modern historical example of friendship than that of Mohandas K. Gandhi, one of the very greatest of all people to ever inhabit our fragile planet. . . fragile indeed, in a very many ways.


           


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