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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Rhymes and Reasons - Remembering The Events Of Tragic Day 09/11/2001


I find it rather uncanny that John Denver wrote this song over 32 years prior to the tragic events that unfolded on 09/11/2001. The last four lines of the fourth verse just give me the chills!  "Though the cities start to crumble and the towers fall around us, the sun is slowing fading and its colder than the sea." This great man, consummate entertainer,  and insightful song writer passed away four years prior to that heart-wrenching day.  So many of his songs speak volumes about the political, and social issues that plague our country and the world.  It is my opinion that this man was more than an entertainer or even a social and environmental activist, he was a prophet.  "Though the singer is silent, there still is the truth of the song."(line from On The Wings Of A Dream John Denver)




Rhymes & Reasons


So you speak to me of sadness
And the coming of the winter
Fear that is within you now
It seems to never end
And the dreams that have escaped you
And the hope that you've forgotten
You tell me that you need me now
You want to be my friend

And you wonder where we're going
Where's the rhyme and where's the reason
And it's you cannot accept
It is here we must begin
To seek the wisdom of the children
And the graceful way of flowers in the wind

For the children and the flowers
Are my sisters and my brothers
Their laughter and their loveliness
Would clear a cloudy day

Like the music of the mountains
And the colors of the rainbow
They're a promise of the future
And a blessing for today
Though the cities start to crumble
And the towers fall around us
The sun is slowly fading
And it's colder than the sea

It is written from the desert
To the mountains they shall lead us
By the hand and by the heart
They will comfort you and me
In their innocence and trusting
They will teach us to be free

For the children and the flowers
Are my sisters and my brothers
Their laughter and their loveliness
Would clear a cloudy day

And the song that I am singing
Is a prayer to non believers
Come and stand beside us
We can find a better way

Words and music by John Denver

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