Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Jerusalem

Steve Earle: “I’m so optimistic that I wrote this song, and people think this is hopelessly optimistic but I’m just gonna keep singing it until either I die or it comes true, whichever one happens first.”

(Scroll forward to 5:50 if you want to skip the interview with Steve Earle and just hear the song.)




Jerusalem

I woke up this mornin' and none of the news was good
And death machines were rumblin' 'cross the ground where Jesus stood
And the man on my TV told me that it had always been that way
And there was nothin' anyone could do or say

And I almost listened to him
Yeah, I almost lost my mind
Then I regained my senses again
And looked into my heart to find

That I believe that one fine day all the children of Abraham
Will lay down their swords forever in Jerusalem

Well maybe I'm only dreamin' and maybe I'm just a fool
But I don't remember learnin' how to hate in Sunday school
But somewhere along the way I strayed and I never looked back again
But I still find some comfort now and then

Then the storm comes rumblin' in
And I can't lay me down
And the drums are drummin' again
And I can't stand the sound

But I believe there'll come a day when the lion and the lamb
Will lie down in peace together in Jerusalem

And there'll be no barricades then
There'll be no wire or walls
And we can wash all this blood from our hands
And all this hatred from our souls

And I believe that on that day all the children of Abraham
Will lay down their swords forever in Jerusalem


Steve Earle, “Jerusalem,” from I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive


17 comments:

Jim said...

I like the song, Marian. Thanks for finding it. There is another Jerusalem song I like also, an oldie.
It's my bedtime and I'll see what the sleepless have done with yours in the morning.
G'night,
..

Fireblossom said...

I'm assuming the parameters are wide open, as they usually are for your challenges, Marian?

Marian said...

yes, wide open, write like the wind! and just to be clear, i'm not trying to start an argument or debate about Israel and Hamas, but appreciating an optimistic expression on the subject. but respond from whatever direction your muse takes you. :)

Fireblossom said...

Thanks. :-)

jo-hanna said...

So difficult to come to terms with hope lost and gained and lost again,in cycles over the long years of conflict.

Kerry O'Connor said...

This strikes a chord, Marian.

Sumana Roy said...

Thanks for this interesting prompt.. ..

Gail Dixon said...

Beautiful lyrics. Thank you for sharing!

Marian said...

hello, everyone... busy day for me but I'll be around later this evening to read anything you share. happy friday. peace, M

Sherry Blue Sky said...

The lyrics to this song go straight into my heart and make me cry, Marian. Timely topic. Looking forward to what we believers come up with for it.

Mama Zen said...

I wish that I shared his optimism.

sharplittlepencil.com said...

Heard this, complete with the fabulous foreword, many times. In fact, our praise band does it in church many Sundays. Quite ironic, given the violence there, that we may have to sing it again this Sunday. Thanks so much, Amy

Susie Clevenger said...

Beautiful Marian...thank you

Susan said...

This moved me to reach for the hope, Marian. Thank you.

Margaret said...

I'm back from Washington DC - I love that city. Quite timely, this prompt.

Hannah said...

Thank you, Marian...I always enjoy the inspiration that you share with us! :)

Marian said...

glad you all liked this, friends. i have a great deal of admiration for Steve Earle and i just so appreciate that he puts it right out there, no flinching. just, here's what i have to say.
xoxox to all of you.