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Peace Is Our Birthright

by songsofpeace.org

The leading New Thought songwriters who donated their work to this CD have contributed to the culture of peace we are building to pass on as a living legacy to future generations. Mostly folk and acoustic rock.
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1. Nothing but Peace Is Enough Jim Scott
3:46 album only
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2. Only Love Can Do That Richard Mekdeci
4:33 album only
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3. Earth David Roth
5:21 album only
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4. I Am a Seed of Peace James Durst
3:57 album only
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5. Of This World 29 Toes
3:07 album only
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6. My Own Day Todd Hoke
3:29 album only
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7. My Piece of the Peace Janet O'CONNOR
3:46 album only
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8. We Share the Dream of Peace S. Kroupa, D. Roth, J. Stanfield
4:00 album only
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9. Peace Greeting Covita Moroney
4:16 album only
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10. Hearts on Fire Rudi Harst
3:26 album only
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11. We Are All One People Freebo
2:42 album only
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12. One Day on the Fields of France Greg Tamblyn
5:59 album only
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13. Cranes over Hiroshima Fred Small
5:33 album only
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14. Guardians Mad Agnes
2:20 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
TO LEARN THE SONGS FOR THE PEACE CHOIR CONCERT, SING ALONG TO THESE TRACKS:

1. Nothing But Peace
(Jim Scott)

2. Only Love Can Do That
(Richard Mekdeci)

5. Of This World
(Becca Christel, Tracy Spring, and
Janis Carper)

9. Peace Greeting
(Covita Moroney)

11. We Are All One People
(Freebo)


LYRICS BELOW:

1. Nothing But Peace
Copyright 1986 Jim Scott

Nothing but peace is enough for me
Nothing but peace is enough
Nothing but peace is enough
Nothing but peace is enough for me

Well I’m feeling such mixed emotions right now
I’ve got to say it to someone
We’ve got to do this more than just holidays
Got to be in it for the long run
For the long run

How can weapons of war be weapons of peace?
We are fighting in a different fashion.
We too are working for peace through strength
Though our strength is in our compassion
In our compassion.

Well, the going is easy, the going is tough,
But more of the world we are reaching
To the makers of war we say we’ve had enough
It’s only peace we are teaching
We are teaching

Chorus in Spanish: Solo la paz es sufficiente,
solo la paz para mi
Solo la paz para mi,
solo la paz es sufficiente


2. Only Love Can Do That
Copyright 2003 Richard Mekdeci

Darkness cannot drive away darkness.
Only light can do that.
Hatred cannot drive away hatred.
Only love can do that.
Darkness cannot drive away darkness.
Only light can do that.

Hatred cannot drive away hatred.
Only love can do that.
Oh, you soldiers of peace,
Hatred has an enemy.
If we want the fighting to cease,
Remember these words from the fallen king

Darkness cannot drive away darkness.
Only light can do that.
Hatred cannot drive away hatred.
Only love can do that.

We all must try to be
an instrument of peace
Remember an eye for an eye
leaves everyone blind
And our children never see

Darkness cannot drive away darkness.
Only light can do that.
Hatred cannot drive away hatred.
Only love can do that.

‘Cause only love can heal
And only love can keep the fear away
And only love is real
And only love will come to save the day

Darkness cannot drive away darkness.
Only light can do that.
Hatred cannot drive away hatred.
Only love can do that.

Darkness cannot drive away darkness.
Only light can do that.
Hatred cannot drive away hatred.
Only love can do that.



5. Of This World
Copyright 1999 Becca Christel, Tracy Spring, Janis Carper

I can ease the suffering of this world
I can ease the suffering of this world
I can ease the suffering of this world
With my head, my heart, and my hands

With my eyes I can see the way things are,
the way they should be
Hope and vision come to me,
giving life new meaning.

I can ease the suffering of this world....

And in my heart I can feel
the ebb and flow of life revealed.
Pain and sorrow all will heal
with love and true compassion.

I can ease the suffering of this world....

With my hand and with my sweat
I will do what’s not done yet.
With tenderness and no regrets,
embrace the work before me.

I can ease the suffering of this world...

I will not turn my head
I will not close my heart
I will not still my hand
Until my work is done.

I will not turn my head
I will not close my heart
I will not still my hand
Until my work is done.

I can ease the suffering of this world...

9. Peace Greeting
Copyright 2005 Covita Scelsa Moroney

As-salam aleikum
(Arabic: "Peace to you")

Shalom alecheim
(Hebrew: "Peace to you")

Tubwayhum l'ahvday shlama
Dahnahwie d'alaha nit qarun
(Aramaic: "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be known as the children of Allaha")

11. We Are All One People
Copyright 2005 Freebo/Bassline Music (BMI)

You and I are both the same,
We are all One People
Open hearts and open minds
We want to be peaceful
We all live in one big world
All the boys and all the girls
You and I are both the same,
We are all One People

I am you and you are me
We are all each other
All the young and all the old
My sister and my brother
We all live in one big land
We all play in one big band
All the children holding hands
We are all One People


GO TO www.cdbaby.com/cd/increasethepeace to learn more songs for the Peace Choir concert.



Like pieces of a puzzle, these songs fit together to create an image of peace in the world.

Contact info for the artists:

Jim Scott: www.jimscottmusic.com
Richard Mekdeci: www.itoiministries.org
David Roth: www.davidrothmusic.com
James Durst: www.jamesdurst.com
Becca Christel, Tracy Spring, Janis Carper: www.29toes.com
Todd Hoke: toddhoke.com
Janet O'Connor: www.janetoconnor.com
Susan Kroupa: www.suekroupa.com
Jana Stanfield: www.janastanfield.com
Covita Moroney: www.covitam.org
Rudi Harst: www.celebrationcircle.org
Freebo: www.freebo.com
Greg Tamblyn: www.gregtamblyn.com
Lance Cowan: lcmedia@bellsouth.net
Fred Small: www.fredsmallmusic.com
Mad Agnes: www.madagnes.com

Project coordinator: Dana Clark www.danaclarkmusic.com
www.cdbaby.com/danaclark
email: danapiano@sbcglobal.net

Background info about some of the artists on the CDs:


Richard Mekdeci...
...is president and co-founder of Itoi Ministries, a non-profit ministry dedicated to promoting music with a universal spiritual message through the yearly New Thought Songwriters Tribute. Contact Richard at: richard@itoiministries.org or visit out website at 222.itoiministries.org to learn more about submissions and voting in this year's Tribute.



James Durst...
...has been quietly touring the planet since 1965. He has performed his songs for audiences of all ages in more than 44 countries and 47 of the United States, drawing from a rich and ever-evolving repertoire of distinctive original and collected songs in 18+ languages that reflect a global perspective and underscore the sense of interconnectedness we share with all of life. James engages each disparate audience in a participatory journey distilled from his travels, musically monitoring the pulse of the human condition, bringing us closer to our world and each other.



Becca Christel-Palm, Tracy Spring, and Janis Carper...
...have collaborated on dozens of songs. "Of This World" was initially recorded for a Seattle Folklore Society compilation album, and in 2004 was released by Peter, Paul and Mary. Becca graduated from Cornish with a degree in music theory/composition and was certified in 2004 as a Protools Recording Engineer. Becca writes, records and performs her own music and has helped a number of aspiring artists do the same. As a music director for the Center for Spiritual Living Tacoma for 17 years, Becca has been a part of the Season for Nonviolence movement since its conception in 1998. Tracy writes, performs and speaks about word poverty solutions through her work as Northwest Regional Director for Global Impact. Janis and her family relocated from Seattle to a farm in the wilds of eastern Oregon, where she is founder and executive director of the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance. She is owner/operator of Second Chance Productions, a website design business, and also enjoys teaching guitar and songwriting to kids and performing with her blues/rock band "The Alibis."



Janet O'Connor...
...writes songs that change the world--if only for a moment--by making it a more comfortable place to be. She invokes the wishes of our collective unconscious and confronts life's ugliest monsters, such as addiction and mental illness, with brave simplicity. Raised by folks who still go to the cellar for food instead of the store, Janet creates songs that offer a reminder of how unencumbered life can be. Janet also provides moving workshops using music and the spoken word for churches, recovery groups and other spiritual gatherings. She is an able guitarist whose intricate accompaniment supports a comfortable voice which has a unique color all its own: strong, tender and personal. You don't just hear it. You feel it.



Greg Tamblyn...
...has worked as a singer, songwriter, speaker and humorist for over 20 years. He combines a lifetime of interest in consciousness and wellness with an irreverent sense of humore. Greg has become known for his heartfelt songs about the power of the human spirit, as well as his award-winning, off-the-wall send-ups of modern life, like "Common Side Effects Include" and "My Life Is a Beer Commercial." He is originally from Kansas City, having survived life as a professional songwriter in Nashville, where he appeared nationally on The Nashville Network. Greg also hosts spiritual exploration tours to exotic destinations like tibet, Peru, China, Bali, and Kansas. He performs for a wide variety of groups interested in wholeness, and has written and recorded six CDs. His latest, as well as his current mission in life, is "Saving the World from Whiny Victim Love Songs."



Rudi Harst...

...is a writer, speaker and performance artist who has shared his words and music in concerts, conferences, churches and corporations throughout the country since 1979. He is co-founder and Spiritual Director of the Celebration Circle of San Antonio, an interfaith congregation with a creative approach to spirituality. The author of Hurry Slowly: Living from the Inside Out, he has also produced eight CD's of contemporary acoustic music.


David Roth...

... performed his song "Earth" at the 40th Anniversary of the United Nations in New York, and has appeared at more than 200 New Thought churches across North America over the years. The landslide top vote-getter at the Falcon Ridge (NY) Folk Festival's Most-Wanted competition (1996) and NAIRD Indie nominee (1994 singer-songwriter album of the year) strikes many chords, hearts, and minds with his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, and powerful singing and subject matter. Since emerging from another nationwide field of several hundred songwriters to open the 1987 Kerrville (TX) Folk Festival as its New Folk Winner, the Chicago native (and two-time national anthem singer for the NBA's Michael Jordan-era Bulls) has garnered accolades for his performances, workshops, writing, and recordings. The former artist-in-residence at New York's Omega Institute has also been a songwriting judge at Kerrville, Napa Valley (CA), Tumbleweed (WA), and the South Florida Folk Festival. David's "Rising in Love" was performed at the 100th Anniversary of Carnegie Hall in 1991, and "Manuel Garcia" and "Nine Gold Medals" both appear in the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul & Mary) performed David's "Spacesuits" on the 1999/2000 PPM tours, produced "If You Can't Fly" for his 2002 children's album "World Around Song", and the BOSE Corporation includes "Taller Than My Hair" and "Five Blind Men" on their recent "best of new folk" compilations. David's recorded 8 CDs on the Wind River label ~ www.folkera.com/windriver ~ with a 9th and 10th in Germany on Stockfisch Records ~ www.stockfisch-records.de ~ and has been living on Cape Cod since 2000 after 8 years in Seattle. For info on David's concerts, conferences, keynotes, workshops, and songwriting camps, go to www.davidrothmusic.com







The message of the adinkra cloth
by fiber artist Lisa Kerpoe

The cloth used on the inside CD cover draws inspiration from an African technique called adinkra. Traditionally used for funerals (adinkra means “goodbye”), adinkra cloth is now used for a variety of occasions. There are over 100 adinkra symbols, so each cloth carries its own message based on the combination of symbols used.

Lisa chose eight symbols to convey the following message:

It takes courage to change the way we deal with conflict, to recognize the unity in our diversity and act in peace and harmony. We will succeed if we learn from the past, and keep faith, hope and forgiveness in our hearts.

Lisa wrote: “I felt compelled to create this cloth, perhaps as a way to spread a message of hope. It’s easy to feel hopeless when one reads the headlines, with conflict and fighting in many parts of the world, and daily violence in the local news. I do have hope. I believe we can make a positive change...quot;that each of us has the ability to act in peace and that by doing so, we will have a positive impact on the world. My intent is for this cloth to bring hope to others and to inspire people to effect this change in their own lives.”

Lisa Kerpoe is a fiber artist living in San Antonio, TX. She dyes her own fabric and uses stencils, stamps, silkscreens, and bleach discharge to create patterns on the fabric. The fabric is then used to create one of a kind clothing, home accessories, art cloth and wall hangings. Lisa left the corporate world 7 years ago to pursue her art. Since that time, she was accepted into the Illinois Artisans Program and is a member of a local textile artist guild. She teaches art classes at the Southwest School of Art and Craft, ArtCloth Studios and Inspire Fine Art Studios. The “Peace Cloth” has been on exhibit at churches throughout the country since 2003, spreading it’s message as it makes the journey.

Contact Lisa at greentassel@aol.com if you are interested in having the cloth on exhibit


LYRICS FOR "PEACE IS OUR BIRTHRIGHT"

Scroll down to find the following:



1. Nothing But Peace is Enough -- Jim Scott


2. Only Love Can Do That -- Richard Mekdeci


3. Earth -- David Roth


4. I Am a Seed of Peace -- James Durst


5. Of This World -- Becca Christel, Tracy Spring, Janis Carper


6. My Own Day -- Todd Hoke


7. My Piece of the Peace -- Janet O’Connor


8. We Share the Dream of Peace -- Sue Kroupa, David Roth, Jana Stanfield


9. Peace Greeting -- Covita Moroney


10. Hearts on Fire -- Rudi Harst


11. We Are All One People -- Freebo


12. One Day on the Fields of France -- Greg Tamblyn, Lance Cowan



13. Cranes Over Hiroshima -- Fred Small


14. Guardians -- Adrienne Jones (Mad Agnes)









1. Nothing But Peace

Copyright 1986 Jim Scott


Nothing but peace is enough for me

Nothing but peace is enough

Nothing but peace is enough

Nothing but peace is enough for me



Well I’m feeling such mixed emotions right now

I’ve got to say it to someone

We’ve got to do this more than just holidays

Got to be in it for the long run

For the long run



How can weapons of war be weapons of peace?

We are fighting in a different fashion.

We too are working for peace through strength

Though our strength is in our compassion

In our compassion.



Well, the going is easy, the going is tough,

But more of the world we are reaching

To the makers of war we say we’ve had enough

It’s only peace we are teaching

We are teaching



The freedom to speak and the freedom to choose

Are a right and responsibility

Without vigilance, freedoms are easy to lose

And there’s no freedom without equality

With equality



Chorus in Spanish: Solo la paz es sufficiente, solo la paz para mi

Solo la paz para mi, solo la paz es sufficiente



French: Rien que la paix qui suffit pour moi, rien que la paix qui suffit

Rien que la paix qui suffit, rien que la paix qui suffit pour moi



German: Frieden allein ist genug fur mich, frieden alien ist genug

Frieden allein ist genug, frieden alien ist genug fur mich



Arabic (phonetic): La shai el-la salaam li, la shai el-la salaam

La shai el-la salaam li, la shai el-la salaam



Russian (phonetic): Mir tolka mir nu-zhi nam si-chasse, mir tolka mir nu-zhi nam

Mir tolka mir nu-zhi nam, mir tolka mir nu-zhi nam si-chasse







Only Love Can Do That

Copyright 2003 Richard Mekdeci



Darkness cannot drive away darkness. Only light can do that.

Hatred cannot drive away hatred. Only love can do that.

Darkness cannot drive away darkness. Only light can do that.

Hatred cannot drive away hatred. Only love can do that.



Oh, you soldiers of peace,

Hatred has an enemy.

If we want the fighting to cease,

Remember these words from the fallen king



Darkness cannot drive away darkness. Only light can do that.

Hatred cannot drive away hatred. Only love can do that.



We all must try to be an instrument of peace

Remember an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind

And our children never see



Darkness cannot drive away darkness. Only light can do that.

Hatred cannot drive away hatred. Only love can do that.



‘Cause only love can heal

And only love can keep the fear away

And only love is real

And only love will come to save the day



Darkness cannot drive away darkness. Only light can do that.

Hatred cannot drive away hatred. Only love can do that.

Darkness cannot drive away darkness. Only light can do that.

Hatred cannot drive away hatred. Only love can do that.









Earth
Copyright 1981 David Roth/Maythelight Music (ASCAP)


( David performed this song at the 40th Anniversary of the United Nations in New York.)



Dream of a day when we can live without anger

Dream of a time when we can live without pain

Dream of a way that we can live without hunger

Dream of a sign that the Earth can be peaceful again



What can we do to get our people looking higher?

What do you do in the darkness but look for the light?

We can join hands and do whatever we desire

And we’ll never fail as long as our reasons are right



We’re gonna live in peace. It’s our only chance on Earth

Get all that fighting to cease, and remember what life is worth



Each of us has the power to bring about changes

Though society separates us from the time of our birth

We won’t live here much longer if we live as strangers

And no time at all if we don’t learn how to live with the Earth



Combining our efforts instead of being parted.

Sharing a vision that we will have a new dawn

Remember that love is how it all got started

And don’t you know that love will keep it going even after we’re gone



What can we give the Earth that we haven’t given in the past

A way to live here on Earth, make it last and last and last

Dream of a day when we can live in communion

Dream of a time when we can live without fear

Awaken a way to get all of us working together

And know that the time when the Earth can be peaceful is near

And know that our thoughts and our actions are honest and clear

And know that the people on Earth will be safe from all fear

Know that the time when the Earth can be peaceful is here.





I Am a Seed of Peace

Copyright 1997 James Durst



I am a seed of peace, seed of peace, a seed of peace.

I am a seed, a seed of peace

I am a seed. I am a seed of peace

Peace, peace, peace, peace.



People of peace, rejoice, rejoice

For we have united into one voice

A voice of peace, and hate of war.

United hands have built a bridge

Between two shores



We on the shores have torn down the wall

We stand hand in hand as we watch the bricks fall

We’ve learned from the past and fear not what’s ahead

I know I’ll not walk alone but with a friend instead.



I am a seed of peace, seed of peace, a seed of peace.

I am a seed, a seed of peace

I am a seed. I am a seed of peace

Peace, peace, peace, peace.







Of This World

Copyright 1999 Becca Christel, Tracy Spring, Janis Carper



I can ease the suffering of this world

I can ease the suffering of this world

I can ease the suffering of this world

With my head, my heart, and my hands



With my eyes I can see the way things are, the way they should be

Hope and vision come to me, giving life new meaning.



I can ease the suffering of this world....



And in my heart I can feel the ebb and flow of life revealed.

Pain and sorrow all will heal with love and true compassion.



I can ease the suffering of this world....



With my hand and with my sweat I will do what’s not done yet.

With tenderness and no regrets, embrace the work before me.



I can ease the suffering of this world...



I will not turn my head

I will not close my heart

I will not still my hand

Until my work is done.

I will not turn my head

I will not close my heart

I will not still my hand

Until my work is done.



I can ease the suffering of this world...







My Own Day

Copyright Todd Hoke



If I had my own day everyone would have a home.

Nobody would go hungry. We’d all know that we belong

The birds would be singing. The sun would brightly shine

If I had a day to call mine.



If I had my own day no nation would be at war.

The guns would all get dusty. We’d forget what they were for.

The generals would go fishing. They’d close the Pentagon.

If I had a day all my own.



And I know I’m dreaming.

This all sounds naive.

In these time in which we’re living

It’s so hard to believe things like love and human kindness,

That there’s a better way.

Ah, but you just watch what happens, come my day.



If I had my own day, my Grandmother, she’d be proud.

I’d see her smiling down from heaven

and I’d hear her laugh out loud.

She’d say, “Boy, it does this old heart good

To see the things you’ve done

Now you’ve had a busy day

Sleep well my Grandson.

You’ve had a busy day.

Sleep well my Grandson.”








My Piece of the Peace

Copyright Janet O’Connor 2005



We pray for people who hunger.

We pray for peace.

And we’re fighting over the answer.

C’mon people, please.

Well I’m not a soldier, but I’ll lay my weapons down

Self righteous indignation buried in the ground

I cannot hope to help you see ‘till I have found

My own piece of the peace.

My own piece of the peace.



There’s a war over the ocean and a war in my heart

I’m thinkin’ it seems the war closest to home

Would be the best place to start

Am I withholding forgiveness?

God has withheld nothing from me

Self seeking desperation stole my liberty

I cannot hope to help a soul until I see

My own piece of the peace

My own piece of the peace



Feel the sting of the anger and feel the love

We must be wise as a serpent, harmless as a dove

Well I’m not a sailor, but I’ll sail the seven seas

I will carry a candle. I will love my enemies.

Set my light on a hill and let it shine from west to east

That’s my piece of the peace.

That’s my piece of the peace.



My own piece of the piece of the peace.





We Share the Dream of Peace

Copyright 2003 Sue Kroupa, David Roth, Jana Stanfield



My skin may be a different shade, my language not the same,

We pray in different places, call God by different names.

My clothing may not be like yours, might stand out in a crowd,

But in universal Spirit, there are differences allowed.



We have the precious present

And our presence holds the key

To a world that is more loving

As we share the dream of peace,

As we share the dream of peace.



My arms embrace my children. I fall in love. I cry.

I marvel at the sunset as another day goes by.

But halfway ‘round the world I know, your rain brings rainbows, too.

Though we might seem so different, I am just the same as you.



We have the precious present

And our presence holds the key

To a world that is more loving

As we share the dream of peace,

As we share the dream of peace.



Imagining the future, remembering the past,

Together we can co-create a vision that will last.



We have the precious present

And our presence holds the key

To a world that is more loving

As we share the dream of peace,

As we share the dream of peace.







Peace Greeting

Copyright 2005 Covita Scelsa Moroney



As-salam aleikum (Arabaic: "peace to you")

Shalom alecheim (Hebrew: "peace to you")

Tubwayhum l'ahvday shlama dahnahwie d' alaha nit qarun.

(Aramaic : "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be known as the children of Allaha)





Hearts on Fire

Copyright Rudi Harst


Hearts on fire, burning with desire

Hearts on fire, burning with the flame

Hearts on fire, burning with desire

Hearts on fire, never be the same

Never be the same



the same old same old isn’t working anymore

a new way is coming won’t you open the door

Our culture’s in shock and our future’s in doubt

but with our hearts on fire we can find a way out



Hearts on fire....



Young man, old man, woman and child.

Each and everyone of us is born to be wild

Born to take chances, to learn to fly

With our hearts on fire we can dance through the sky



Hearts on fire...



The old world is dying, can’t you hear the alarm

Each and everyone of us is called to arms

Arms of loving, arms to embrace

The changes that are happening in the human race



Hearts on fire, burning with desire

Hearts on fire, burning with the flame

Hearts on fire, burning with desire

Hearts on fire, never be the same

Never be the same





We Are All One People
Copyright 2005 Freebo/Bassline Music (BMI)



“This song was written for the orphans and street children of Hoio An, Viet Nam, with whom I had the great pleasure of teaching music.” Freebo



You and I are both the same,

We are all One People.

Open hearts and open minds.

We want to be peaceful.

We all live in one big world,

All the boys and all the girls

You and I are both the same,

We are all One People



(Children) Do, Re, Mi, Re, Do



I am you and you are me

We are all each other

All the young and all the old

You are all my brother

We all live in one big land

We all play in one big band

All the children holding hands

We are all One People







One Day on the Fields of France

Copyright 1994 Greg Tamblyn, Ramblin’ Tamblyn Music

Lance Cowan, Lantzapalooza Music



(A true story from the first world war)



One day on the fields of France, some soldiers went to war

I was among those brave young men who’d never killed before

And when the battle was over I found blood on my hands

And that night I wrote a letter and tried to understand



Dear Hanna Roenecke, my army holds a victory tonight

But I am haunted by the memory of one young foe as he died

And in his hand he held a picture of someone that he loved

And on the back the writing told me that I had killed your son



And he seemed to be about my age, too young to feel life end

In some other time and place we might have been friends

And the reason I’m writing, as strange as it may seem

Is to ask if you could ever somehow forgive me



Months have passed since I shipped home, today a letter came

I felt my fingers trembling as I read the sender’s name

And as I pulled the letter open my heart filled up with fear

Then as I read the words she’d written I blurred them with my tears



Dear Sir, she wrote to me. My son was the source of all my joy.

And my heart breaks each time I think I’ll never see my boy

And just as you cannot know how I feel to lose my only son

I cannot imagine how it feels to take the life of someone



But if you could come here to my home and let me see your face

Spend a few hours here with me. Take my young man’s place

Then I think that we might better know

this pain that’s shared between us two.

And then I think that I could let him go and somehow forgive you

It’s what we all were taught so long ago, so I will forgive you.






Cranes Over Hiroshima
Copyright 1983 Fred Small/Pine Barrens Music, (BMI)

Licensed courtesy of Rounder Records



(The true story of Sadako Sasaki, who was two years old when Hiroshima was bombed.)



Instructions for folding paper cranes can be found on the www.songsofpeace.org website.



The baby blinks her eyes as the sun falls from the sky

She feels the stings of a thousand fires as the city around her dies

Some sleep beneath the rubble,

Some wake to a different world

From the crying babe will grow a laughing girl



Ten summers fade to autumn, ten winters’ snows have passed

She’s a child of dreams and dances

She’s a racer strong and fast

But the headaches come ever more often

And the dizziness always returns

And the word that she hears is leukemia and it burns



Chorus: Cranes over Hiroshima, white and red and gold

Flicker in the sunlight like a million vanished souls

I will fold these cranes of paper to a thousand one by one

And I’ll fly away when I am done



Her ancestors knew the legend...quot;if you make a thousand cranes

From squares of colored paper, it will take the pain away

With loving hands she folds them, six hundred forty-four

Til the morning her stumbling fingers can’t fold anymore



Her friends did not forget her...quot;crane after crane they made

Until they reached a thousand and laid them upon her grave

People from everywhere gathered, together a prayer they said

And they wrote the words in granite so none can forget



This is our cry

This is our prayer

Peace in the world

This is our cry








Guardians

Copyright 2001 Adrienne Jones of Mad Agnes



After a morning there is an evening

And when the evening’s gone, another day

If your heart’s broken it will be mended

For we will rise for you like guardians.



And we will sing your soul to keep

And we will keep the dark at bay

And we will lift you up to greet the morning.



If in your lifetime this world of troubles

Should come to peace among the nations

Your heart, in gladness, would leap to heaven

And nevermore you’d need your guardians.



But we will sing our world to keep.

And we will keep the dark at bay.

And we will lift you up to greet the morning.




Coming soon!!! The book that inspired the CD:

Peace Is Our Birthright
the p.e.a.c.e. process
and interfaith community development

Written by
Rosalyn Collier and Ann Helmke

Core Team Members of the
San Antonio peaceCENTER

Prayer and action are perceived in many traditions as two separate expressions of faith. They are cousins perhaps, yet not necessarily part of the same baby. This can also be said for peacemakers and faith-based community organizers. While having the same broad goals, they may not be perceived as having the same methods.

Just as each one of us is birthed into the world, this book is born out of love, the human experience, and hard labor. What is conceived in this book is the simple process of action springing from faith--an approach that is naturally within us and that we
carry with us wherever we go.

Peace is our birthright. Peace births and nurtures our common-unity, our community. We merge prayer and action, peacemaking and organizing into one approach through five simple concepts: pray, educate, act, connect, enthuse. We give concrete examples and suggest practical ways of creating peace in our community and the world.


Birthright:
anything
to
which
one
is
entitled
by
being
born
into
the world
.
.
.
p e a c e

Check the peaceCENTER website:
www.salsa.net/peace


For more information, check www.songsofpeace.org.

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