Shed a light….

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At the end of May, my hubby and I attended a James Taylor concert here in town; a gift to ourselves for another year of marriage in the books. To say the show was a resounding success, to me, would be an understatement. He played all his hits and a few new songs too. He was the consummate professional host, personable with the crowd, cracking jokes and making everyone feel at ease-welcoming even to whatever song his band chose to play. He came out on stage at 7:30 pm, played for an hour, took a twenty minute break and then played an additional hour and a half. We certainly got our money’s worth that evening.

However, his song, Shed A Light, has been stuck in my head ever since… There are worst songs to be stuck for sure, but I began to wonder why I was, pardon the pun, having a difficult time “shedding” this song from my consciousness. Then I realized the lyrics are as relevant today (if not more so) as they were back in 1991, when the song was released.

Let us turn our thoughts today to Martin Luther King
and recognize that there are ties between us, all men and women living on the Earth.
Ties of hope and love, sister and brotherhood, that we are bound together
in our desire to see the world become a place in which our children can grow free and strong.
We are bound together by the task that stands before us and the road that lies ahead.
We are bound and we are bound.

There is a feeling like the clenching of a fist
There is a hunger in the center of the chest
There is a passage through the darkness and the mist
And though the body sleeps the heart will never rest

Shed a little light, oh Lord, so that we can see, just a little light, oh Lord.
Wanna stand it on up, stand it on up, oh Lord,
wanna walk it on down, shed a little light, oh Lord.

Can’t get no light from the dollar bill, don’t give me no light from a TV screen.
When I open my eyes I wanna drink my fill from the well on the hill,
do you know what I mean?

Shed a little light, oh Lord, so that we can see, just a little light, oh Lord.
Wanna stand it on up, stand it on up, oh Lord,
wanna walk it on down, shed a little light, oh Lord.

There is a feeling like the clenching of a fist, there is a hunger in the center of the chest.
There is a passage through the darkness and the mist
and though the body sleeps the heart will never rest.

Oh, Let us turn our thoughts today to Martin Luther King
and recognize that there are ties between us.
All men and women living on the Earth, ties of hope and love, sister and brotherhood.

I think the best way we can celebrate the 4th of July today, is to recognize the need to work together, to make this world a place where our children CAN run free. We may live in the land of the free, home of the brave, but there are always traps that may hold us down, keep us from succeeding. No one man is an army.  Only by shedding a little light on the road, working together can we truly be free.

Oh and listen to a little James Taylor Music along the way…

 

 

 

 

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