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Poems are the rough notation for the music we are ♫ ~Rumi

Month

May 2013

Jamie Grace Hold Me Lyric Video [ft. TobyMac]

Lyrics:
(I love, I love, I love, I love the way you hold me)
I’ve had a long day I just wanna relax
Don’t have time for my friends, no time to chit-chat
Problems at my job, wonderin’ what to do
I know I should be working but I’m thinking of You and
Just when I feel this crazy world is gonna bring me down
That’s when Your smile comes around
Oo, I love the way You hold me, by my side You’ll always be
You take each and everyday, make it special in some way
I love the way you hold me, in Your arms I’ll always be
You take each and everyday, make it special in some way
I love You more than the words in my brain can express
I can’t imagine even loving You less
Lord, I love the way You hold me
Whoa whoa
Oh whoa, I love the way You hold me
Whoa whoa
Well Ya, took my day and You flipped it around
Calmed the tidal wave and put my feet on the ground
Forever in my heart, always on my mind
It’s crazy how I think about You all of the time
And just when I think I’m bout to figure You out
You make me wanna sing and shout
Oo, I love the way You hold me, by my side You’ll always be
You take each and everyday, make it special in some way
I love the way You hold me, in Your arms i’ll always be
You take each and everyday, make it special in some way
I love You more than the words in my brain can express
I can’t imagine even loving You less
Lord, I love the way You hold me
Whoa whoa
Oh whoa, I love the way You hold me
Whoa whoa
I’m so grateful and thankful for all You’ve done
Wish I could tell You in a short story or poem
But, all I have is my voice and this guitar
And You have my heart
Oo, I love the way You hold me, by my side You’ll always be
You take each and everyday, make it special in some way
Oh, I love the way You hold me, in Your arms i’ll always be
You take each and everyday…
Oo, I love the way You hold me, by my side You’ll always be
You make each and everyday, oh so special
Oh, I love the way You hold me, in Your arms I’ll always be
You take each and everyday, make it special in some way
I love You more than the words in my brain can express
I can’t imagine even loving You less
Lord, I love the way You hold me
Whoa whoa
Oh whoa, I love the way You hold me
Whoa whoa
Oh, I love
(I love, I love, I love, I love the way You hold me)

 

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I’ve learned to live

I’ve learned to live
I’ve learned to survive
To light up a bonfire
To sharpen a knife
And I’ve learned to trap
I’ve learned how to hunt
To line up the target
To take what I want

But where have you gone?

I’ve learned to learn
I’ve learned to explore
And how to sneak silently
On a leaf-covered floor
And I’ve learned to trace
I’ve learned to divide
The instincts to follow
And those you’d better hide

Straying through the forest
In search for a guide
I get a glimpse of a gleam
Through the oaks
But it’s just another candle
It’s just another light
On the grand graveyard of hopes

I’ve learned to grow
I’ve learned to take heed
Yet turn a blind eye
On my wrinkles, indeed
And I’ve learned to smile
I’ve learned to behave
To clean up my dooryard
To set up my cave

I’ve learned to pray
I’ve learned to believe
That at the very end
There will be no reprieve
And it can’t be undone
No it can’t be undone”

I have listened to the song, and the part on learning to live reminds me of the closing statement by Peter Rollins in his video on Transformance Art: “We create a space where … we try to sensitise ourselves to one another, to confront ourselves, and we confront each other, so that we can finally learn what it means to live before we die.”

I understand from the song lyrics that it is about learning to live in such a way that there will be no regrets at the very end because we would have been true to ourselves and we would have endeavoured to live as fully as we can through learning, exploring, growing, praying and believing in a world of uncertainties and sufferings. It is by embracing the darkness that we experience the light that shines, like “another candle… on a grand graveyard of hopes”.

Is there hope for the hopeless?

Is there hope for the hopeless?

Throw away your misconceptions
There’s no walls around Heaven
There’s no codes you gotta know to get in
No minutemen border patrol

You must lose your earthly possession
Leave behind your weapons
You can’t buy your salvation
And there is no pot of gold

Mmm Heaven, Heaven
What the hell is Heaven?
Is there a home for the homeless?
Is there hope for the hopeless?

Heaven aint got no prisons
No government, no business
No banks or politicians
No armies and no police

Castles and cathedrals crumble
Pyramids and pipelines tumble
The failure keeps you humble
And leads us closer to peace

Oh, Heaven, Heaven
What the hell is Heaven?
Is there a home for the homeless?
Is there hope for the hopeless?

Is there a home for the homeless?
Is there hope for the hopeless?

Beyond the rules of religion
The cloth of conviction
Above all the competition
Where fact and fiction meet

There’s no color lines cast or cla*ses
There’s no fooling the ma*ses
Whatever faith you practice
Whatever you believe

Oh, Heaven, Heaven
What the hell is Heaven?
Is there a home for the homeless?

I think this song dispels the myth of an exclusive heaven invented by evangelical Christianity that is only for elites. But the true heaven is already in our midst in the here and now. By giving up hope of a future heaven, it paradoxically restores hope for those who realise heaven our home is already in us – innocence, peace and joy.

Earth Angel – The Temptations

“Earth angel, earth angel
The one I adore
Love you forever, and ever more
I’m just a fool, a fool in love with you

I fell for you and I knew
The vision of your love, loveliness
I hope and I pray that someday
I’ll be the vision of your happy, happiness”

The secret life of trees

Here’s sharing this soundtrack music for “The secret life of trees” that was recommended in my Youtube newsfeed – I found it relaxing and pleasant to listen to. The video description says “Each five minute composition transitions smoothly to the next making it perfect for yoga flow practice.”

I was curious about the title of the video, and googled about it, and learnt it is referring to the book of the same title. According to this book review, trees have a memory and a kind of chemical intelligence. I suppose it can be considered that trees have some sort of consciousness, that enables them to adapt to changing environmental factors in order to survive and thrive throughout the generations.

“Unlike animals, which eat, breath, sense and even think, trees seem to do only one thing: they grow. Their secret, Tudge reveals, is that they are more like animals than they appear. Hormones provide a kind of chemical intelligence. Trees have a memory. They can analyse problems and find solutions. A tree shaken by a gale puts on a spurt of growth and becomes slightly fatter and more wind-proof. It reacts to an invasion of caterpillars by producing smaller, less caterpillar-friendly leaves.”

(From a review of “The secret life of trees” by Colin Tudge)

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