Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Soundtrack 2.0

Ok, this is the LAST and probably MOST IMPORTANT addendum/additon to ‘Soundtrack.’ While some of the songs on the list are fun, plain depressing, or uplifting in their own right, this song is an unstoppably uplifting song that never dares be preachy or over-the-top. It’s simple accompaniment and poignant lyrics weave an ironclad message. The song is inspired by, but not exclusively encompasses, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1968 ‘I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ speech. This was his last speech before his assassination. The songwriter, Patti Griffin (also Top of the World) artistically makes it universally applicable. When I listen to the song, I feel like the music itself is crying, and at times, I have cried along with it… Although, I don’t mean to sound morbid, but for the record, this is the song I want played at my funeral. So, if you have 5 minutes, I hope you will listen to this song and really understand the almost bittersweet message. (I’ve included the lyrics for your continued reading pleasure as well as to make this blog look like i spent more time on it than I did.)

I went up to the mountain
Because you asked me to
Up over the clouds
To where the sky was blue
I could see all around me
I could see all around me

Sometimes I feel like
I've never been nothing but tired
And I'll be walking
Till the day I expire
Sometimes I lay down
No more can I do
But then I go on again
Because you ask me to

Some days I look down
Afraid I will fall
And though the sun shines
I see nothing at all
Then I hear your sweet voice
Come and then go, come and then go
Lord, telling me softly
You love me so

The peaceful valley
Just over the mountain
The peaceful valley
Few come to know
I may never get there
Ever in this lifetime
But sooner or later
It's there I will go
Sooner or later
It's there I will go

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