Friday, July 6, 2007

Edwin McCain

I have been a huge fan of this guys music since the day I purchased his "Messenger" CD several years ago. He writes his own music, as well as his lyrics. To me, there's just so much truth in his words and the music is brilliant. A true talent. . . I love this guy!!

I hadn't listened to in quite awhile and yesterday when I was cleaning, I came across his CD... covered in a bit of dust in my CD cabinet.

With recent passing of Memorial Day and Independence Day, the depth of the lyrics in "Prayer to Saint Peter" actually made me cry. I don't think I'd ever paid close attention to the song. I more so just kind of hummed along to it because the music was so beautiful and sweet.

So, I wanted to put the lyrics here for people to read. They remind me of those lost in battle as they fought our freedoms. So many of the lives lost were of youthful men who hadn't even had a chance to find out what life was all about and they are truly celebrated in this song.

"Prayer to Saint Peter"
Let them in Peter, for they are very tired.
Give them couches where the angels sleep and light those fires.
Let them wake whole again, to brand new dawns. . .
Fired by the sun, not war-times bloody guns.
May their peace be deep.
Remember where their broken bodies lie.
God knows how young they were to have to die.
Give them things they like.
Let them make some noise.
Give dance hall bands, not golden harps, to these our boys.
Let them love, Peter, for they've had no time.
Thy should have bird songs and trees, and hills to climb.
The taste of summer, and a ripened pear. . . And girls sweet as meadow wind and flowing hair.
And tell them how they are missed, but say not to fear.
It's gonna be alright, with us down here.

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